Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS. For 45 years the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program has helped develop scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are well-versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience via placement in media sites across the United States. The importance of increasing public understanding of scientific issues, like the environment and health, is increasing. Reaching out to specific communities, especially those not well served by mainstream science media, is required to make sure science communication and education is available to everyone. We wish to focus on serving the growing Hispanic populations of the US by supporting science communication and education in the language of those communities and by addressing issues of importance to the communities.
In 2014, AAAS recruited its first two Spanish Language Fellows to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. AAAS plans to continue the program and recruit Spanish Language Fellows indefinitely.
Applicants are required to be fluent in speaking and writing in Spanish. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for both the traditional Mass Media Fellowship (in English) and the Spanish Language Fellowship.
The Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows application is identical to the regular Mass Media Fellows Application (including criteria). The only difference is that the 2 writing samples must be submitted in Spanish. The rest of the application must be submitted in English. Details can be found within the APPLY tab.
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 or virtual interviews are conducted with semi-finalists sometime in March each year. Applicants should receive final notification of the status of their application by mid-April, but are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to check on the status of their applications.
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