2019 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT

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The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting. KSJ@MIT is designed to recognize journalists who demonstrate a high level of professional excellence and accomplishment as well as a long-term commitment to their craft. Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis and are encouraged to apply.

The Knight Science Journalism Program (KSJ) will offer 10 science journalists a nine-month fellowship — geared to the August-to-May academic year — designed to enable them to explore science, technology, and the craft of journalism in depth, to concentrate on a specialty in science, and to learn at some of the top research universities in the world.

Each Fellow largely designs his or her own course of study, with consultation offered by the director and the KSJ staff. Fellows are required to produce a research project during the academic year, which can form the basis of a future story, the foundation of a book proposal, or simply be a detailed report on an area of science. All fellows will do a formal presentation on their projects at the conclusion of the fellowship year.

Under the terms of MIT residency, fellows must refrain from paid professional work during the course of the 9-month program, unless the program director grants prior permission.

The fellowship program is divided between activities arranged by the Knight Science Journalism staff and self-directed activities. KSJ also provides social activities – from welcome parties to holiday celebrations – to help build a sense of community. Fellows often report that life in Cambridge and the sense of collegiality within the Fellowship are among the most rewarding aspects of the year.

Among the many Knight Fellowship programs and activities:

  • Seminars
  • Field Trips
  • Digital Media Training
  • Workshops

Location: United States


  • Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000
  • Some additional benefits, including basic health insurance.
  • Meet regularly for seminars with top researchers and media professionals.
  • Field Trips
  • Training and workshops


  • To be eligible for a KSJ@MIT Fellowship, applicants must:
  • Be full-time journalists, whether on staff or freelance. Part-time writers or producers are not eligible.
  • Have at least three full years of experience covering science, technology, the environment, or medicine.
  • Be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. This includes work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.

Eligible Regions: Open for All


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