KSJ Fellowship Program: Ten science journalists from around the world are awarded academic-year fellowships by MIT’s Knight Science Journalism Program each year. These fellowships allow journalists to focus on a particular area of science, explore science, technology, and journalism, and study at some of the world’s best research universities.
Fellows will work on a research project in Cambridge that makes special use of the connections and resources they have at MIT and in the larger Boston region. The study pursuit needs to be connected to journalism.
In the past, fellows have pursued projects that have included developing multimedia, video, and audio reporting projects; researching and reporting for long-form narratives or story series; researching for book proposals; and gaining an in-depth understanding of novel scientific fields. Meetings are held on a regular basis to oversee and support projects. At the end of the academic year, fellows give official presentations regarding their work; many projects go on to be published as books, podcasts, movies, magazines, or other media after the fellowship is over.
KSJ Fellowship Program
|Knight Science Journalism
|Men and Women
|January 15th, 2024
Goals and Benefits of KSJ Fellowship Program
- An $85,000 stipend, distributed in increments over 9.5 months, is awarded to fellows.
- Allowances for relocation
- Every colleague and their family will receive basic health insurance.
Criteria for KSJ Fellowship Program
The program’s goal is to honor journalists from all over the world who exhibit a high degree of achievement and professional competence together with a sustained dedication to their industry. International journalists are welcome to apply and are encouraged to participate on an equal footing.
To be eligible for a KSJ Fellowship, applicants must:
- Be full-time reporters, whether employed by a company or not. Writers and producers who work part-time are not eligible.
- Possess a minimum of three years’ worth of experience reporting on science, health, technology, and the environment.
- Become photojournalists, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, or filmmakers. Work for periodicals, newspapers, radio, television, and digital media falls under this category.
- Not have finished a four-month or longer fellowship in the two years before submitting a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship application.
Date, Procedure, and Location of the KSJ Fellowship Program Interview
Should candidates be chosen to take part in MIT’s KSJ Fellowship, they will need to fulfill the subsequent requirements:
- MIT requires full-time residence in the Boston/Cambridge area from mid-August through May for the academic year.
- Take part in the lectures, field trips, and training sessions that the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program arranges.
- Create a study plan with at least one science course every semester.
- During the fellowship, avoid taking on an outside, paid professional job unless the director has given written approval.
- During the school year, produce a thoughtful research project.
Required Documents for Application
These files must be submitted by each applicant:
- Expert Autobiography: Summarize in no more than 500 words the reasons you wish to apply for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program and how it aligns with your career objectives.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Give a succinct summary of your training, employment background, and accolades received in your field. Freelancers ought to attach a list of their recent 12-month freelancing projects that they have accomplished. (Add the date of publication or transmission, the location, and each tale.)
- Proposal for Research Project: Give a brief description of a project you want to work on during the fellowship year—no more than 500 words. Using the tools and contacts at their disposal, fellows are expected to design a project that makes the most of their time and experiences at MIT. The research project must have a journalism base; however, it is not bound by traditional criteria and can take any form, such as multimedia, long-form narrative series, video, audio, installations, and so on. Please be aware that although the research topic may be a book proposal, fellows are not permitted to sell the idea or come to the fellowship year under contract to write a book.
- Five Examples of Work: Give five examples of your relevant work. Select samples that most accurately reflect your skills and areas of interest. For any work that was not created in English, kindly provide a translation.
- Three Expert Sources: Give three recommendation letters. Letters should be prepared by people who know your work and should showcase your abilities and dedication to journalism. Applicants will give the names and contact information for their recommenders on the application form, and letter requests will be automatically issued to the recommenders.
Deadline for Application
January 15th, 2024
How to Apply
Interested and qualified? Go to Knight Science Journalism on ksj.submittable.com to apply
For more details,visit KSJ website