TON/BWF Accepting Entries for Science Writers Fellowship

Brenda Andrews, PhD
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Open Notebook (TON) and Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) are accepting applications for the next round of early-career science writers fellowships from journalists around the world with less than two years of regular professional science writing experience.

The ten-month fellowship is remote and part-time. Fellows will each report and write five articles for publication at The Open Notebook – a mix of “story behind the story” interviews and reported features with the guidance of a mentor who will help shape story ideas, provide reporting and writing guidance, edit final copy, and offer career-development mentoring.

During the fellowship, fellows and mentors will take part in a Slack-based professional discussion group composed of former fellowship participants and TON editors and fellows will also be responsible for hosting two informal Slack discussions centered on aspects of craft that are of interest to them.

The next fellowship period begins on January 17, 2022 and will end on November 17, 2022.

The exact timing of fellowship start and end dates can be flexible depending on fellows’ needs. Organizers can work around issues such as graduate programme completion dates, other journalism fellowships, family responsibilities, and work visa approvals processes in arranging fellowships. They are also flexible about making schedule changes after fellowships begin to accommodate major life events.

Each fellow will receive a stipend of $4,000, thanks to a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Applications close on October 21, 2021.

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