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We’re now accepting applications for subsequent round of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous fellows.)

The next fellowship period will begin on January 17, 2022 and can endways November 17, 2022. (The exact timing of fellowship start and end dates are often flexible counting on fellows’ needs. In arranging fellowships, we will work around issues like graduate program completion dates, other journalism fellowships, family responsibilities, and work visa approvals processes. We also are flexible about making schedule changes after fellowships begin to accommodate major life events.)

This ten-month fellowship is remote and part-time. Fellows will report and write five articles for publication at The Open Notebook—a mixture of “story behind the story” interviews and reported features—with the guidance of a mentor who will help shape story ideas, provide reporting and writing guidance, edit final copy, and offer career-development mentoring. Fellows and mentors also will participate during a Slack-based professional discussion group composed of former fellowship participants and TON editors. During the fellowship, fellows are going to be liable for hosting two informal Slack discussions centered on aspects of craft that are of interest to them.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, each fellow will receive a stipend of $4,000.


Priority are going to be given to applicants who demonstrate:

A strong intention to figure primarily as knowledgeable science journalist
Some training and/or experience (it doesn’t need to be a lot) writing stories about science for the overall public
Familiarity with The Open Notebook and therefore the sorts of topics we tend to hide
An ability to get good feature ideas suitable for The Open Notebook
Strong writing ability


The application form for this fellowship includes the subsequent main elements (as well as a couple of briefer details):

•A brief summary of what training and/or experience you’ve got had in writing stories about science for the overall public. this might include coursework also as science writing experiences gained through internships, freelance assignments, staff jobs, or unpaid roles like an institutional newsletter or your own blog. (75 words maximum)
A letter of interest explaining why you’re seeking the fellowship, your skills and former experiences in writing about science for the general public , and what you hope to find out from the experience. Please also tell us about your overall plans for during the fellowship period (will you simultaneously be a grad student? Freelancer? Full-time employee somewhere? Doing something else?). (400 words maximum)

•Proposals for 2 TON features or multimedia stories that you simply think would be suitable for publication at The Open Notebook. These can take the shape of behind-the-story writer interviews; reported features on some element of the craft of science writing; roundtable discussions; or another creative, feature-length project centered on the craft of science writing. (Combined length of those two proposals must be no quite 400 words.)
A resume or CV
One letter of reference
Up to 2 writing or multimedia samples of labor aimed toward the overall public (not scientific/academic writing). (Samples must be in English. Translated materials are acceptable.)
Optional: Additional background about you. We strongly encourage writers from all kinds of backgrounds to use . If you’re a member of any group or community that has historically been marginalized or underrepresented in U.S. journalism (This could include applicants who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, from a low- or middle-income country, disabled or neurodivergent, first-generation college-educated, etc.), we invite you to allow us to know here. this is often entirely optional, and any information you disclose here are going to be kept confidential. (50 words maximum)

•The fellowship is hospitable early-career science journalists with but two years of normal professional science writing experience. Note the subsequent details:

•Internships and student work don’t count toward this requirement.
Exceptions to the present requirement can also be made for cases during which an applicant has quite two years of professional experience but some or all of that have isn’t in English.

•Graduate students within the sciences who have an interest in science writing are eligible.
International applicants are welcome. However, applications, including writing samples and letters of advice , must be in English.

PLEASE NOTE: Although it’s part-time, this fellowship requires a big weekly time commitment, and juggling the fellowship along side a full-time job are often challenging. Prospective fellows who have full-time jobs are welcome to use , but should consider carefully whether or not they are going to be ready to devote sufficient time to completing articles as laid out in the fellowship description. This includes making time during regular business hours for 1) conducting phone interviews with sources, 2) weekly phone meetings with mentors, 3) multiple rounds of editing and revision for many stories, 4) participating in conversations within the fellowship Slack community.

Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central Time on October 21, 2021. Note: The Submittable application process requires applicants to supply an email address for every person writing a letter of reference; the system will then send a singular link to every reference. Applicants should complete applications early enough to permit references to also submit their letters on time.

Selections for both fellowship periods are going to be announced by December 18, 2021.



Call for Applications: TON/BWF Early-Career Fellowship




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