AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

American Association for the Advancement of Science


Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Deadline: Jan 15, 2019

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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Overview:

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program is a 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.

This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIRED, and Scientific American. The AAAS 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 non-specialists. 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.

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 student-scientists and their host-journalists strive to make science news easy for the public to understand. The fellowship program is designed to enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. Fellows have the opportunity to observe and participate in the process by which events and ideas become news, improve their communication skills by learning to describe complex technical subjects in a manner understandable to the lay public, and increase their understanding of editorial decision making and the way in which information is effectively disseminated. In its 42 year history, the program has supported over 670 Fellows.

Fellows are provided a weekly stipend of $500 as well as travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites.

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

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be enrolled at a university or be part of a postdoctoral training program at a university (advanced undergraduates, graduate students or postdocs) 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.

Ineligibility:

  • Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.