Earth and Space Journalism Fellowship

How to Apply

Arizona State University is seeking applicants for the 2019 ASU Journalism Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science, a journalism fellowship program that will cover a wide range of scientific research. This year’s program will focus on Earth and space exploration.

The ASU Journalism Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science will immerse mid-career journalists who have a demonstrated record of science reporting in ASU research and related academic endeavors. Arizona State University is a leader in Earth and space sciences and is the home to the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Fellows will explore all aspects of Earth and space sciences to better understand the changing dynamics of Earth and its place in the cosmos. Fellows will work alongside some of the leading researchers and students in the sciences from among the many ASU schools, institutes and centers, exploring all aspects of Earth and space exploration and its impact on society at large. Fellows will participate in related workshops, conferences and offsite meetings and courses, where appropriate, and be at the forefront of timely scientific research.

Fellowships are for one month (30 calendar days). Fellows will receive a stipend ($8,000) during the fellowship term as well as a budget for appropriate off campus activities and travel. Fellows will have an office on the ASU Tempe campus and be given all standard campus privileges.

Fellows will be expected to be in residence at Arizona State University full-time for the full term of the fellowship (housing is the responsibility of the fellow and could require advanced payment). The fellow will refrain from professional reporting during the fellowship (blogging and social media activities are permitted and encouraged). Fellows will be required to give one guest talk or lecture at the School of Earth and Space Exploration, 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.

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.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Please see our complete Title IX Statement at

Required qualifications:

  1. Applicants must be current, full-time journalists with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in 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. International applicants must be able to obtain a visa and other required travel credentials.

Application Process:

Only electronic applications in a PDF format will be accepted. Application deadline is July 1, 2019, 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 July 1, 2019