Call for Early-Career Fellowship Applications

Deadline: 20 October, 2019


The Open Notebook and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund seeks candidates for an eight-month fellowship, which provides a US$4,200 stipend. Fellows are expected to report and write six articles for The Open Notebook, with the guidance of a mentor. They will also be part of a professional discussion group composed of former fellowship participants and editors.



The fellowship is open to early-career science writers with fewer than two years of professional science writing experience. Internships and student work do not count toward this requirement. Graduate students interested in science writing are eligible. Prospective fellows must be available to devote sufficient time to completing articles as specified in the fellowship description. International applicants are welcome. Note that applications, including writing samples and letters of recommendation, must be in English.


Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability to propose good feature ideas and who show strong writing ability.


Required Application Materials

  • A resume or CV
  • A letter of interest explaining why you are seeking the fellowship and what you hope to learn from the experience (500 words maximum)
  • Proposals for two TON features or multimedia stories. These can take the form of a behind-the-story writer interview; a reported feature on some element of the craft of science writing; or some other creative, feature-length project centered on the craft of science writing. (Combined length of these two proposals must be no more than 500 words.)
  • Up to three writing or multimedia samples
  • One or two (no more) letters of reference


Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time on October 20, 2019.


To learn more about the contest and apply for it, please follow the link HERE.