Professional Development

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing graduate- and postgraduate-level scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide. Fellows work as journalists at media organizations such as National Public Radio, Los Angeles TimesWIRED, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and NOVA. The Mass Media Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write, and report today's headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to nonspecialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.

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 placements.

Award: $7,000 for the summer, plus travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites.

Where: Varies

Length: 10 weeks during the summer

Eligibility: Applicants must a) be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate), b) be a postdoctoral trainee, or c) apply within one year of the completion of a) or b). Applicants must be in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields. 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.

Applications Due: TBD 2023