The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Fellowship was launched in 2021 with the goal of diversifying the ranks of science and health journalists and fostering better coverage of science that is relevant to all people. It combines a paid reporting position at STAT with an educational component provided through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) program. The one-year fellowship is intended for early-career U.S. journalists from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the profession and will prepare them for a successful career in science journalism. 

One fellow will be selected for the 2023-24 year, and will work at STAT’s Boston office from mid-to-late August 2023 to August 2024. Applications will be accepted from March 22 to May 1, 2023.
Applicants will need to submit:

  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing yourself, your goals for the fellowship, and how your background, experiences, and career path influenced your decision to pursue this opportunity.
  • A  resume.
  • Links to 3-5 published articles.
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with your work who can comment on your abilities, your commitment to journalism, and your suitability for this fellowship. Letter must be submitted by May 5.

For additional information, visit the Sharon Begley Science Reporting Fellowship page or contact STAT Managing Editor Gideon Gil at

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