Application for the 2017 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship is now closed. Applications for the 2018 Fellowship will be accepted between October 16th, 2017 and January 15th, 2018. Link to application coming soon!
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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 paper from the past 6 months (published after July 1, 2017) and describing what the study's findings are, why the study's findings are important and what impact it will have on the public. The original paper needs to be PRIMARY literature (scientific papers published in a journal or presented at a scientific conference NOT from a newspaper, magazine or other popular media).
- 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). At least two of these letters should be from faculty members who can comment on your academic work
- Unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work (to be uploaded online).
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.
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.
Emailed transcripts will not be accepted. Please upload your unofficial transcripts directly to the website. Semi-finalists will be notified and asked to send official transcripts in March. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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 videoconference 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 students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields. If you have questions about your eligibility, email email@example.com.
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship BUT these students may be eligible for the Minority Science Writers Internship.
- Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to recieve payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.