Sustainability Journalism Fellowship

The Fellowship immerses a professional journalist in the front lines of scientific discovery to more deeply explore a specific area of use-inspired, transdisciplinary research.

The Arizona State University Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science supports a journalist for one month ($8,000 stipend) so that person can be on the frontlines of research to see how scientists grapple with the problems of today’s world and forge new directions in science.

Fellowships will be topic specific but will reach across disciplines immersing the fellow in a rich environment of science, technology and the can-do attitude of ASU faculty towards problem solving. ASU’s Fall 2018 Fellowship will focus on sustainability/environmental sciences.

During the fellowship, you will work side by side with ASU sustainability researchers who are addressing the myriad of issues resulting from climate change. Issues like how to make urban areas livable as the heat rises; learning how best to allocate and use water during a megadrought; determining the best ways to design resiliency into a city’s infrastructure; and how to use agriculture to mitigate heat’s effects on urban areas are some of the topics covered by ASU sustainability faculty. You also will meet with ASU officials who developed and implemented the nation’s first free-standing School of Sustainability and the first sustainability degree program in the U.S.

In addition to the work at ASU, the fellow can be involved in field work and will have a stipend to cover travel expenses for related learning opportunities and conferences.

The fellowship will provide an opportunity that transcends a journalist’s usual short-term, deadline-driven reporting focus to explore a specific area of use-inspired, transdisciplinary research more deeply.

The journalist will get to discover the state of limitations of current approaches, understand trends and the nuances of scientific debates in relevant fields, and interact with the top scientists collaborating across disciplines.

ASU is currently seeking applicants for the Fall 2018 ASU Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science (sustainability/environmental sciences). The ideal candidate for the fellowship is a mid-career science journalist with at least seven years of experience in reporting on the selected topic.

Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors, producers or program hosts; they may work for newspapers, magazines, news websites, television, radio or multimedia.

Deadline is June 4, 2018