This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program summer.
The 2015 fellowship application procedures are provided below and are subject to change for the 2016 fellowship cycle. Please check back after 1 Oct 2015 for final 2016 application procedures.
Applications for the 2016 Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program summer will be due on 15 Jan 2016.
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:
- A fully complete online application form
- A copy of your resume or CV (please include any honors, awards, and relevant activities)
- 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
- 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 and describing what the study's findings are, why the study's findings are important and what impact it will have on the public
- Source Article: The source journal article used to write your Sample News Story
- Candidate Questions: Responses to each of the 7 reflective questions found within the online application
- Three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded online by your recommender or mailed directly to the program by the recommender). Two of these letters should be from faculty members
- Official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work (to be mailed directly to the program by your undergraduate and graduate universities)
Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary official transcripts and letters of recommendation and seeing that all materials are sent directly to the program. These materials will not be accepted if mailed by the applicant. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The program will not upload transcripts or mailed letters of recommendation until after the January 15th deadline. Applicants will be able to submit their applications even though the online system will show that the transcripts and mailed letters of recommendation have not been uploaded. DO NOT EMAIL THE PROGRAM ASKING IF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS OR MAILED LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. If for some reason your transcripts and mailed letters of recommendation do not safely arrive at AAAS, the program will contact you by January 31st; this will not have any negative consequence to the status of your application.
Please have letters of recommendations (if not uploaded within the online system) and official transcripts mailed by January 15th to:
AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program
Attn: Dione Rossiter, Education and Human Resources
1200 New York Ave., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: (202) 326-6441
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.
- 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.
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
- Successful applicants must 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.