Annual Workshop Eligibility Information

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Annual Workshop Fellows watch the first trawl come in on a Narragansett Bay fisheries trawl.

Annual Workshop Fellows watch the first haul come in on a Narragansett Bay fisheries trawl.

Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop is a six-day residential fellowship designed for full-time professional journalists who work in any media. Applicants should have a demonstrated desire to improve their understanding of science and sharpen their environmental and investigative reporting skills.

The Annual Workshop fellowship is geared to early- and mid-career journalists looking to start or expand coverage of the environment and who can demonstrate a need for training in topics relating to global change in coastal environments. The workshop is held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the world’s leading marine research institutions, in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The Metcalf workshop immerses Fellows in the culture of science, scientific research process and methods, and the application of these in coastal ecosystems. Applicants do not need a science background. Selections for individual fellowship awards are made based, in part, on expressed commitment to accurate, science-based environmental coverage and editorial support for the publication/broadcast of the applicant’s subsequent environmental reporting. Metcalf Institute’s selection process strives to maximize diversity of each Annual Workshop class with regard to race and ethnicity, gender, medium, geography, and journalism experience.

Metcalf Institute supports ten fellowships each year. Two of these fellowships are available to journalists based outside of the United States. A Metcalf Institute fellowship award includes room, board and tuition, as well as up to US$500 in travel support for U.S. based journalists and US$1000 for journalists based outside of the U.S., paid only as a reimbursement after the program. Non-U.S. citizens applying from locations outside of the U.S. must provide a statement signed by a supervisor confirming the applicant’s ability to pay the full cost of travel up front and obtain the appropriate visa.

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