The deadline for the 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship is just over a week away. I made a flowchart to help those who are on the fence about applying. First, a bit of background.
What is the AAAS MMF?
The goal of the program is to “enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology”
Who should apply?
Graduate students and postdocs in STEM fields who have a passion for communicating science, are interested in a career in science communication/writing/journalism, or just want to improve their writing and communication skills. (The fellowship is open to undergraduate students as well, though I would personally argue that the experience you get exploring the literature as a graduate student is important for success as a fellow and for fulfilling the mission of the program.)
What do fellows do?
Fellows are given a 3 month stipend and placed in a media organization where they work as science journalists for 10 weeks.
Feel free to contact me by email (jenna.e.gallegos at gmail) and check out the work I did as a 2017 fellow at The Washington Post.