AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Grant amount: Up to US $6,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 1, 2021

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 1 year of receiving their PhD

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This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public.

AAAS works every day to increase public understanding of science and technology and to enhance communication among scientists, engineers, and the public. Through the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program, AAAS aims to strengthen the community of scientists who are well-versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience and to bring science stories to the public.

This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide. 

For 10 weeks during the summer, the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the scientists and their journalist-hosts strive to make science news easy for the public to understand. The program strives to improve public understanding of science by enhancing coverage of science-related issues in the media. By embedding science students and recent grads in media outlets, the Fellows learn how to communicate scientific topics in clear and engaging ways, better understand how science is covered in the media, and build up a professional network of scientists and journalists who can work together to share science effectively.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must:
    • be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate),
      • be a postdoctoral trainee, or
      • 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.
  • 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.
    • Employment taxes may be higher for non-citizens.
  • 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.
  • 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).


  • Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
  • AAAS does not provide health care or employee benefits.
  • AAAS does not provide housing or an additional housing stipend.
  • AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.