Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme Invites Applications

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Leo Rafael Reif
President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States is inviting om journalists from anywhere in the world for its Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme which it supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting.

Designed to recognize journalists who demonstrate a high level of professional excellence and accomplishment as well as a long-term commitment to their craft, the programme ensures journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis and are therefore encouraged to apply.

Eligible journalists who can apply for a Knight Fellowship must be full-time journalists, whether on staff or freelance (Part-time writers or producers are not eligible); have at least three full years of experience covering science, technology, the environment, or medicine; and be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. This includes work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.

The programme which is a nine-month fellowship requires the following documents for the applications:

  • Professional Autobiography: Describe, in 500 words or less, why you want to participate in the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program and how it fits with your professional goals.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Provide a brief overview of your education and work history. (Freelancers should include a list of freelance jobs completed in the past 12 months. Include each story, venue, and date of publication or broadcast.)
  • Research Project Proposal: Describe, in 500 words or less, a project you intend to develop during the fellowship year. The goal is for fellows to create a Cambridge, Massachusetts based project, something that uniquely leverages their time and experiences at MIT, using the resources and connections available to them while they are here. Some element of the research project must be journalistic in nature, but it can expand beyond traditional parameters and be created in any format: long-form, story series, multimedia, video, audio, installation, etc. Fellows deliver formal presentations about their projects at the end of the academic year and are expected to successfully pitch a component for publication within the fellowship year or shortly thereafter.
  • Work samples: Please provide five relevant work samples. Choose samples that best illustrate your interest and abilities. Please include a translation for any work not produced in English.
  • Professional references: Please provide three letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals familiar with your work and should comment on your abilities and your commitment to journalism.

International candidates who are selected for the fellowship would be expected to obtain a valid visa from the U.S. State Department; the visa is normally sponsored by MIT. A language proficiency test (such as TOEFL) may be required as part of the visa process.

For detailed information, please visit https://ksj.mit.edu/fellowship/applying/ and to apply, please fill out the Online Application.

Applications for the 2023-24 Fellowship class opens from November 15, 2022 to January 15, 2023. For further questions, please email knight-info@mit.edu.