DEADLINE: OCTOBER 25, 2020 ― Applications are now being accepted for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers.
The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 4, 2021 and end on August 31, 2021. The subsequent fellowship period will begin on July 1, 2021 and end on February 28, 2022. Applicants may express interest for one or both fellowship periods.
During the eight-month fellowship period, fellows will report and write six articles for publication at The Open Notebook—a mix of “story behind the story” interviews and reported features—with the guidance of a mentor who will help shape story ideas, provide reporting and writing guidance, edit final copy, and offer career-development mentoring.
Fellows (and mentors) will also be part of a professional discussion group composed of former fellowship participants and TON editors.
The fellowship will be remote and will be part-time. Thanks to a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, each fellow will receive a stipend of $4,200.
The fellowship is open to early-career science writers with fewer than two years of regular professional science writing experience. (Internships and student work do not count toward this requirement). Graduate students in the sciences who are interested in science writing are eligible.
Applicants are required to submit (in English);
- A letter of interest
- Proposals for two TON features or multimedia stories.
- A resume or CV
- One letter of reference
- Up to three writing or multimedia work samples
Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time on October 25, 2020.
Selections for both fellowship periods will be announced by December 10, 2020.
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