The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting. The program is designed to recognize journalists who demonstrate a high level of professional excellence and accomplishment as well as a long-term commitment to their craft. Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis and are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible for a Knight Fellowship applicants must:
- Be full-time journalists, whether on staff or freelance. Part-time writers or producers are not eligible.
- Have at least three full years' experience covering science, technology, the environment, or medicine.
- Be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. Applicants may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.
To be awarded a Knight Fellowship selected applicants agree to these requirements:
- To reside full-time in the Boston/Cambridge area for the academic year, August 15th, 2023 through May 31st, 2024.
- To attend field trips, seminars, and required training sessions arranged by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship.
- To take at least one science course per semester.
- To produce a well-thought research project during the academic year.
- To refrain from outside professional work during the fellowship, unless written permission is granted by the director.
- International candidates must obtain a J-1 visa or equivalent from the U.S. State Department before the start of the fellowship.
Applicants must complete all fields and attach the required supporting documents, described here:
- Professional Autobiography: Provide a brief statement (500 words maximum) about why you want to participate in the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and how it fits with your professional goals.
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Provide a brief overview of your education and work history. (Freelancers should include a list of freelance jobs in the last 12 months. Include each story, venue, and date of publication or broadcast.)
- Research Project Proposal: All applicants should describe, in 500 words or less, a research project they intend to develop during their fellowship, focused on an area of science or science journalism. The goal is for fellows to create something that uniquely leverages their time and experiences at MIT, using the resources and connections available to them while they are here. Some element of the research project must be journalistic in nature, but it can expand beyond traditional parameters and be created in any format: long-form, story series, multimedia, video, audio, installation, etc. Fellows will share their progress in regular group meetings and individually with an assigned staff adviser throughout the year. Fellows deliver formal presentations about their projects during the month of May, and are expected to successfully pitch a component for publication within the fellowship year or shortly thereafter.
- Work samples: Five work samples are required. Choose samples that best illustrate your interest and abilities. Please include a translation for any work not written in English. (Translations may be professionally or personally created.)
- References: Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from individuals familiar with your work and should comment on your abilities and your commitment to journalism.
The Application Process:
Complete applications must be submitted between November 15, 2022 and January 15, 2023. References are strongly encouraged to meet this deadline, but they are given a grace period until January 22nd to upload their recommendation letters. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All applications will be notified of their status in early March. Video Zoom interviews will be scheduled for 25 semi-finalists selected for further consideration. Applications and videos interviews will be reviewed by a panel of nationally-known science journalists, including Director Deborah Blum; Associate Director Ashley Smart; and Undark Chief Editor, Tom Zeller Jr. 10 candidates will be invited to join the 2023-2024 fellowship cohort and formally announced by the end of April.