DEADLINE: National Tropical Botanical Garden's Environmental Journalism Fellowship

Event Date: 
May 31, 2012

Program Operation: August 13-17, 2012
Arrive at NTBG: Sunday, August 12
Depart: Saturday, August 18
Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: June 7, 2012

National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Environmental Journalism Fellowship is designed for working journalists in broadcast, print, and online media. It provides deep backgrounding in tropical ecology and conservation, and is designed to enhance informed, accurate reporting on environmental issues.

NTBG has several garden and preserve sites, including three on Kaua‘i, as well as its Headquarters campus. They include ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, extensive botanical collections, a LEED-certified botanical research center, a historic garden estate, and other natural and man-made resources. It is a rich living classroom in the basic concepts of tropical biology, including indigenous use of plants for food and medicine, current trends in conservation, recent advancements in archaeology, and much more.

Fellowship faculty members include scientists in botany and a range of natural history specialties, native cultural practitioners, conservation professionals, and other drawn from the NTBG staff and from the larger scientific and conservation communities.

Fellows can expect to gain expertise and understanding to assist them in covering complex scientific and environmental issues, especially on tropical ecology matters. The goal of the program is not to provide source material for current news stories, although staff members may be available to fellows for interviews depending upon their schedules.

Applications (available at must include:

  • two samples of recent work in print, audio, video, or online. If choosing the latter, please indicate the complete URL.

The fellowship provides lodging, airport transfer, and ground transportation. Fellows are responsible for their own airfare to Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i and related costs. A small stipend will be provided for meals when food is not provided.

Apply directly to: Environmental Journalism Fellowship
c/o Education Office
National Tropical Botanical Garden
3530 Papalina Road
Kalaheo, HI 96741 USA
(808) 332-7324 ext. 204
FAX: (808) 332-9765

The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.

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