Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship 2020 (up to $5,000)

Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship 2020 (up to $5,000)

Deadline: June 5, 2020

Applications for the Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship 2020 are now open. offers an exciting fellowship opportunity. This fellowship primarily involves writing stories that cover conservation technology-related research for their affiliated news site –

The fellow will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills and have their news stories be published on the renowned website which boasts over two million global readers every month. This is a part-time, six-month opportunity supported by a special fund created in the memory of Sue Palminteri.

About Sue Palminteri

Sue Palminteri – Mongabay’s WildTech Editor, conservation biologist, professional tennis player, long-time exercise enthusiast, and friend to many – passed away on November 30, 2019. Her contributions to conservation were immense.

Trained as a conservation biologist, Sue sought out and highlighted new technology developments of use to the conservation and research communities. She earned her PhD studying primate ecology in Peru.

With this program, Mongabay is developing a fellowship in Sue’s name that would honor her interest in conservation, technology, and journalism by providing opportunities for students and new journalists to gain experience in conservation technology and writing.


  • The WildTech Reporting Fellow will receive a $5,000 honorarium for the duration of the program.
  • Publishing experience in a high-profile news outlet
  • Learning about journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay
  • Becoming part of a community of passionate and talented writers
  • Coaching and support:
    • Meet and greet training session via Skype and Q&A with Mongabay staff
    • Working with different editors and receiving guidance and feedback
  • Developing writing skills
  • Developing interviewing skills
  • Resume building
  • Mongabay letters of reference and personal recommendations


  • Applicants should have excellent communication skills;
  • Be a Self-motivator;
  • Passionate about environmental subjects;
  • Positive attitude;
  • Coachable and open to learning;
  • Strong values – personally and professionally;
  • Problem-solving skills;
  • Interest in conservation technology.


Applicants are required to submit the following documents (have these items prepared before beginning the application process):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
    • Indicate why you are interested and what values & skills you can contribute to Mongabay.
    • Indicate whether you have previous experience in conservation technology or related fields. If you don’t, please explain what compelled you to apply for this opportunity.
  • Submit a writing sample from a journal entry or blog article (600 words max.)
    • Or you can choose one from the following three articles to complete a writing sample
      • A new use of technology to solve an old problem: Estimating the population size of a burrow nesting seabird
      • Can Handheld Thermal Imaging Technology Improve Detection of Poachers in African Bushveldt?
      • Adoption and consequences of new light-fishing technology (LEDs) on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa
  • Optional: submit an additional writing sample of your own.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship.