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Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows Program

Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS. For some 40 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 Latino 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.

For the first time in 2014, AAAS recruited two Spanish Language Fellows to expand the work with mainstream Spanish news outlets to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. AAAS plans to continue the program and recruit Spanish Language Fellows indefinitely.

Learn more about the 2014 Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows' summer in the newsroom.

Application Procedures

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. If you choose to apply for both, applicants will need to fill out two separate applications, and therefore will need to create two separate logins using two different email addresses. Please email if you plan on applying to both fellowships.

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.

All application materials must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, 15 January 2019.

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 April 15th, but are encouraged to contact at any time to check on the status of their applications.

Application window opens October 16th 2018 and close January 15th 2019  

Get more information and ask your questions about the program with advice from application reviewers and program alumni.

Please email if you have any additional questions.