Metcalf Fellowship Program – 2014 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Metcalf Fellowship Program – 2014 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Deadline: February 7, 2014

Metcalf Institute is now accepting applications for the 16th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, to be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanographyfrom June 1-6, 2014. The workshop exposes journalists from all backgrounds and media to the inner workings of science, through hands-on experience in environmental research in the field, laboratory, and conference table.

The weeklong workshop will focus on climate change in coastal ecosystems. The workshop will offer journalists a timely look at the coastal impacts of climate change, preparing them to cover the release of three reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change throughout the summer and fall of 2014.  It will give journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the impacts of human activities in coastal ecosystems through off-deadline, one-on-one interactions with leading scientists.

Fellowship Benefits

Each year, ten journalists selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to be Metcalf Fellows , learn how to interpret scientific data in and around Narragansett Bay and sharpen their investigative reporting skills. During the week in Rhode Island, Fellows will:

  • gain a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
  • apply information about rates of ocean acidification from ancient sediments to better understand present-day climate change;
  • experience off-deadline interaction with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting;
  • conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel Cap’n Bert;
  • gain the skills and confidence to translate scientific publications;
  • explore the development and use of sea level rise models for climate change adaptation;
  • attend lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators;
  • network with professional colleagues; and
  • build story ideas.

Fellowship Provisions

The Annual Workshop fellowship includes room, board, tuition and travel support of up to US$500 paid after the completion of travel.

A fellowship provides room, board, tuition, and up to US$500 in travel support (paid as a reimbursement after the program) to attend the six-day workshop held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the world’s leading marine research institutions, in Narragansett, Rhode Island.


  • Journalists from all media who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting and gain a thorough understanding of how scientific research is conducted are invited to apply for a Metcalf Institute fellowship.
  • Past participants have included reporters, producers, editors, photojournalists, columnists, and documentary filmmakers from around the world and all media types.
  • The 2014 Metcalf fellowship program will support up to ten early- to mid-career journalists with a demonstrated interest in science and environmental reporting and a desire to learn about basic science through field and lab experiences.
  • Up to two of these fellowships are available to non-U.S. citizens. Applicants from outside of the U.S. must include a written statement indicating that they have full travel funds up front and can obtain the appropriate visa.
  • Fellows are selected from a competitive applicant pool to maximize diversity in experience, medium, audience, geography, race and ethnicity, and gender

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