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The 2016 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Application can be accessed at http://massmedia.aaas.org. Complete applications must be submitted by midnight EST, 15 Jan 2016 to be considered. 

Please note that the online system will only accept application materials in PDF form. You can also view and print a PDF of your application at any time to see your progress. Adobe Acrobat Reader program must be installed on your computer to download this form. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms.

A complete application packet consists of:

  1. A fully complete online application form
  2. A copy of your resume or CV (please include any honors, awards, and relevant activities)
  3. General Writing Sample: ONE 2 to 3 page, double-spaced brief sample of your writing that is on any subject (science or non-science topic) and directed toward a non-scientific audience (in terms appropriate for the general public). Please do not include technical or journal articles
  4. Sample News Story: A 750-word 'news' story for the general public summarizing a science, mathematics or engineering journal article from the past 6 months (published after July 1, 2015) and describing what the study's findings are, why the study's findings are important and what impact it will have on the public
  5. Source Article: The source journal article used to write your Sample News Story
  6. Candidate Questions: Responses to each of the 7 reflective questions found within the online application
  7. Three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded online by your recommender or mailed directly to the program by the recommender, but not both). At least two of these letters should be from faculty members who can comment on your academic work
  8. Unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work (to be uploaded online or mailed directly to the program, but not both).

Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that his/her recommenders upload their letters of recommendation directly to the website by the 15 January deadline. If for some reason your recommender prefers to mail their letter of recommendation, letters may arrive separately at the address below but must be postmarked by Friday, January 15, 2016.

AAAS MMF Program
Attn: Dione Rossiter, EHR
1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: (202) 326-6441

Emailed letters of recommendation will not be accepted. Your recommender should upload a letter of recommendation (preferred mode) or send their letter of recommendation in the mail, but not both. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted if mailed by the applicant. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Transcripts: Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary transcripts. All undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) academic transcripts are required. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Please upload your unofficial transcripts directly to the website by the 15 January deadline. If your university does not provide unofficial transcripts, please mail transcripts to:

AAAS MMF Program
Attn: Dione Rossiter, EHR
1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: (202) 326-6441

Emailed transcripts will not be accepted. Please upload your unofficial transcripts directly to the website (preferred mode) or have them mailed, but not both. Semi-finalists will be notified and asked to send official transcripts in March. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The program will upload mailed transcripts and letters of recommendation after the January 15th deadline, which is why we highly recommend that you use the online submission tool to upload your unofficial transcript and that your recommenders use the online submission tool to submit their letter of recommendation. Applicants will be able to submit their applications even though the online system will show that mailed transcripts and letters of recommendation have not been uploaded. DO NOT EMAIL THE PROGRAM ASKING IF YOUR MAILED TRANSCRIPTS OR  LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. If for some reason your mailed transcripts and letters of recommendation do not safely arrive at AAAS, the program will contact you by January 31st.

Applicants are evaluated by a selection committee composed of experts in the sciences, education, and media. The committee makes recommendations to the AAAS staff, who are responsible for the final decisions and for negotiations between the candidates and the media hosts. Telephone interviews are conducted with semi-finalists sometime in March each year. Candidates will receive final notification of the status of their application by April 15th.

Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be enrolled as college or university students (graduate, doctoral, or upper level undergraduates) — or within one year of a completed degree — in the physical, biological, geological, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics in order to apply.
  2. Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
  3. Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.

The Fellowship is open to international students who are already studying in the United States and who hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas. The Fellowship is also open to US citizens studying abroad, as long as they can pay their way back into the US for the Fellowship.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQs page and then email mmfellowship@aaas.org.

The 2016 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Application can be accessed at http://massmedia.aaas.orgComplete applications must be submitted by midnight EST, 15 Jan 2016 to be considered.