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DEADLINE: Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship
The Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship is a new program with the goal of diversifying the ranks of science and health journalists and fostering more inclusive and comprehensive coverage of science. It combines an educational component provided through MIT’s Knight Science Journalism Program with a paid reporting position at STAT, the nation’s must-read health, science, and medicine publication.
The nine-month fellowship is intended for early-career U.S. journalists from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the profession and is designed to prepare them for a successful career in science journalism. The inaugural Begley Fellow will start Sept. 7, 2021, and the fellowship will end June 3, 2022.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative provided $225,000 to support the first two years of the program, which is named in honor of Sharon Begley, an acclaimed science writer for STAT, who died in January 2021 at 64, from complications of lung cancer. Two additional fellows will be selected for the 2022-23 year.
How does the program work?
Fellows will work at STAT’s Boston office alongside its team of experienced science and health reporters and editors. While reporting and writing stories, they will have opportunities for mentorship and to work with various teams. At the same time, they will participate in KSJ training seminars and fellowship community events and have access to the MIT libraries. In the program’s first year, the KSJ offerings will be virtual. In future years, fellows will be able to audit classes at MIT and Harvard, as part of the traditional fellowship program.
What are the benefits?
Fellows will be paid $75,000 and receive health insurance through MIT. They will receive 10 days of vacation and get standard holidays off.
Who is eligible to apply?
An applicant must be residing in the U.S. and live in, or be willing to relocate to, the Boston area. Applicants must have some previous journalism experience; between six months and five years is desirable. Previous work as a science writer is not required. In compliance with federal law, fellows will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
How do I apply?
Applications are being accepted online until June 30, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET.