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The program is made possible thanks in large part to the generous sponsors who help fund the fellowships each year. Their support is an invaluable asset for the program. However, the fellows are not the only ones who benefit from this relationship. The sponsoring organizations gain from having critical mass media communications skills resident among people from their disciplinary areas. And, many current and former sponsors have cultivated long-term relationships with their fellows.

In 2018 we are happy to announce the Ralph W.F. Hardy Mass Media Fellowship which will support an Agricultural Biotechnology student/scientist in the Mass Media Fellowship each year for 12 years.

The affiliates, foundations, other private organizations and Universities that support a 2018 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow (or in some cases multiple fellows) are:

In 2018 we began accepting sponsorship at a programatic level.  These sponsors support the program as a whole and not individual fellows:

  • Johnson & Johnson's Champions of Science

If you are interested in sponsoring a fellow or would like more information about sponsorship, please email

Host Sites

Each year different media sites agree to host a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Some of the sites have been with the program for many years and say they enjoy the experience as much as the fellows. The on-site mentor and the staff the fellows work with each day are an integral part of the program as they guide the fellow through the ins and outs of journalism and communicating with the public. Once a fellow is selected for the program they are assigned to a media site. The 2018 host sites are:

  • CNN Espanol
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • Discover magazine
  • The Idaho Statesman
  • The Indianapolis Star
  • King5 News
  • KQED Science
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • National Geographic
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • NOVANext
  • PBS NewsHour
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Raleigh News & Observer
  • The San Diego Union Tribune
  • Scientific American
  • Slate
  • STAT News
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • The Times-Picayune
  • The Washington Post
  • Voice of America