Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Purpose: 
In support of AAAS's principle goal of increasing public understanding of science and technology, this fellowship program places undergraduate and graduate students at various media sites throughout the U.S. during the summer, to work as science journalists.
Program Description and Benefits: 
The 10-week summer program places 20-25 graduate and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Participants gain the tools and know-how to accomplish the important goal of translating their work for the public. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers and production assistants at such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, and Scientific American. Fellows are provided travel expenses and a $450 weekly stipend.
Application Process: 
Application materials include a writing sample directed toward a non-scientific audience, and a "news story" based on a current science, mathematics, or engineering journal article.
Graduating seniors or graduate students (master's or doctoral) in the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics may apply. Students in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible.
Students of any nationality studying in the U.S.
Program Deadline: 
Usually in January.
How To Apply: 
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.