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AAAS Now Accepting Applications for Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

Created: November 5, 2018

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdoctoral trainees at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology.

Eligibility
  1. Applicants must be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields.  If you have questions about your eligibility, email rcorlew@aaas.org
  2. Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship BUT these students may be eligible for the Minority Science Writers Internship.
  3. Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer.  AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas. 
  4. Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.

The fellowship is open to international students who are already studying in the United States and who hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer.  AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.  The fellowship is also open to US citizens studying abroad as long as they can pay their way back into the US for the fellowship. 

Award

AAAS typically selects from 15-20 Mass Media Fellows each summer. Fellows are provided a weekly stipend of $500 as well as travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites. AAAS does not provide health care or employee benefits.  AAAS does not provide housing or an additional housing stipend.

2019 Dates
  • Application Window: October 16, 2018 - January 15, 2019
  • Fellowship: June 12 - August 20, 2019
  • Orientation in Washington, D.C.: June 12-14, 2019
  • Dates Onsite: June 17 - August 16, 2019
  • Wrap-up in Washington, D.C.: August 19-20, 2019

Please Note: All fellows MUST attend the orientation in Washington D.C. from June 12-14, 2019.

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