Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program 2016 (Fully Funded)

Deadlines: February 29, 2016


Fellows receive $70,000 as well as some additional benefits, including basic health insurance.


Established in 1983, the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT — colloquially known as KSJ@MIT — seeks to nurture and enhance the skills of a select breed of journalist: Those who toil at the complex and often fractious intersection of science and public life. The centerpiece of this effort is our 9-month fellowship program, which brings together a small group of elite journalists from across the globe for two semesters of study, intellectual growth and exploration at MIT, Harvard, and other institutions in Cambridge and greater Boston. The program is now considered to be among the most distinguished journalism fellowships in the world, and KSJ@MIT has evolved to include a variety of grants, publications, and other resources aimed at fostering vigorous, accurate and independent coverage of the sciences.

The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program 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 of experience covering science, technology, the environment, or medicine.

  • Be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. They may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.


To be awarded a Fellowship, selected applicants must agree to the following requirements:

  • To reside full-time in the Boston/Cambridge area for the academic year: August 15 through May 15.

  • To attend field trips, seminars, and required training sessions arranged by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships.

  • To participate in at least one science course per semester.

  • To produce two short journalistic works for the program’s magazine, Undark, during the academic year.

  • To refrain from professional work during the Fellowship, unless written permission has been granted by the Director.

  • International candidates must obtain a J-1 visa from the U.S. State Department after being awarded the Fellowship.

IMPORTANT: Please check out the FULL application criteria here.

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