Sustainability Journalism Fellowship

How to Apply

Arizona State University is seeking applicants for a journalism fellowship program exploring sustainability and environmental sciences called the ASU Journalism Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science.

ASU is a leader in sustainability and environmental sciences, having the first free-standing School of Sustainability and offering the first sustainability degree program in the U.S. The ASU Journalism Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science ($8,000 stipend) is designed to immerse an environmental journalist into the sustainability field and to have that person interact with some of the leading researchers in sustainability sciences. Fellows will participate in related workshops, conferences and offsite meetings and courses where appropriate for a term of one month. The ASU Fellowship will allow the Fellow to make important contacts in the wide-ranging field of sustainability as well as be on the front lines of sustainability research.

The ASU Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science is designed to immerse a mid-career journalist who has a track record of reporting on the environmental sciences and sustainability into a leading school and research institute focused on sustainability. The Fellow will work alongside leading ASU researchers and faculty members from ASU’s School of Sustainability and its Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, as well as other colleges and schools that make up Arizona State University. The selected Fellow will receive a monthly stipend for the fellowship term, will have an office on the Tempe campus and be given all standard campus privileges, as well as a budget for appropriate off campus activities and travel.


  • The Fellow will work side by side with leading environmental and sustainability researchers.
  • The Fellow will explore all aspects of sustainability and its importance to the changing dynamics of Earth and its ecosystems.
  • The Fellow also will interact with ASU students who come to the university to advance sustainability and sustainability sciences as they make their way into the business world and into leadership positions.
  • The Fellow will earn an $8,000 stipend.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

Eligibility & criteria:

The ASU Journalism Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science seeks distinguished, mid-career journalists with a record of accomplishment in science journalism.

  1. Applicants must be current, full-time journalists covering science, technology, environment or medicine in the national or international news media. Freelance journalists must demonstrate recent, regular contributions on science, technology, environment or medicine in the national or international news media.
  2. Each applicant must demonstrate her or his status as a full-time working journalist (any beat) consecutively for at least the previous seven years.
  3. Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors, producers or program hosts. They may work for newspapers, magazines, news websites, television, radio or multimedia.
  4. Journalists from all countries will compete equally; top priority will be afforded journalists working primarily in the English language.
  5. There are no educational prerequisites, nor is there an age limit.
  6. Professionals now working in public information, public relations, the trade press, government or academia without all of the above credentials are not eligible.


  1. To reside full-time in the Tempe, Ariz., area for the full term of the fellowship.
  2. To refrain from professional reporting during the fellowship (continuity of previous blogging and social media activities are permitted and encouraged).
  3. To obtain a visa and other required travel credentials (for international selectees).
  4. To give one guest talk or lecture at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and/or to give or participate in one public talk or panel discussion related to the topic of the fellowship.

Application Process:

Only electronic applications in a PDF format will be accepted. Application deadline is June 4, 2018, and then every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please send a PDF of the following application materials to

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Three examples of professional work that demonstrate substantive science coverage.
  4. Fellowship proposal letter detailing how the journalist intends to use the fellowship to further her or his own journalistic experience and perspective.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the journalist’s work (editors, colleagues, etc.).

Deadline is June 4, 2018