2021 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists Worldwide in USA

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute invites applications for its 23rd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The 2021 Workshop will be conducted virtually due to ongoing public health concerns about the coronavirus.

Based on effective methods for remote learning and to accommodate Fellows’ schedules, the workshop will be offered over two weeks beginning on May 24, 2021, during the afternoons of Eastern Standard Time

The Metcalf Institute Workshop provides journalists with hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists, policymakers, and communicators who are working to project the impacts of climate change, identify adaptation measures, and investigate the most effective ways to communicate these challenges. Workshop topics are carefully selected to offer widespread relevance through local, regional, and national (U.S.) examples. It’s a unique and intense week of learning in the field, classroom and lecture hall for journalists who rarely get the time for in-depth study.

About Metcalf Institute
Metcalf Institute provides education, training and resources for journalists, researchers, and other science communicators to engage diverse audiences in conversations about science and the environment.

Important Note for Journalists Applying from Outside of the U.S. The Workshop focuses on the science and policies underlying globally significant issues from a U.S. perspective. Metcalf Institute receives applications from journalists worldwide. However, due to funding limitations, only two of the ten fellowships will be awarded to journalists based outside of the U.S.

Worth of Award

  • Thanks to the generosity of private donors and Metcalf Institute’s endowment, the fellowships include full tuition.

Metcalf Fellows Will:

  • Receive a comprehensive overview of climate change science
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how scientists conduct research and address scientific uncertainty
  • Develop the skills and confidence to translate the language of scientific journals for news audiences
  • Build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources
  • Board a research vessel to study the impacts of rising water temperatures on ecosystems and fish populations
  • Visit wetlands, shorelines, and coastal communities to better understand adaptive management efforts and solutions in response to warming temperatures
  • Discover new ways to report on climate change that build audience understanding and engagement
  • Cultivate new sources by interacting with leading researchers and policy experts in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere
  • Network and develop lasting relationships with journalists from around the globe
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  • The Fellowship is designed for early- to mid-career, full-time journalists from all media who are looking to start or significantly expand their coverage of the environment.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for training in topics relating to climate change impacts and adaptation.

How to Apply

  • The application has three parts – an online form, an online reference form, and a set of required inclusions.
  • Applications and enclosures must be submitted electronically and will only be used to evaluate applicants.
  • All applications and required enclosures must be submitted in English. Applications and enclosures in languages other than English will not be reviewed.


  • Resume: Send your resume as a PDF document. Your resume should list all positions you have held as a professional journalist. Freelancers, include a representative list of your top ten pieces from the past three years, including title, date, and news outlet for each.
  • Professional Work Samples: Select samples of your reporting that have been published or aired by a news outlet. The original date and venue of publication or broadcast must be easily identifiable. You may include samples from various media types. All samples must be in English or submitted with an English translation.
  • Submit functional web links for two (2) reporting work samples. Photojournalists may submit links for up to 15 captioned or annotated photographs. If functional web links are not available, applicants may provide individual PDFs or YouTube links with original date and venue of publication or broadcast for each sample.
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REFERENCES: Two references are required.

Applicants must complete the application and send the enclosures before the deadline.

Send enclosures to:
[email protected]
Fellowships Coordinator
Metcalf Institute
University of Rhode Island
1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Deadline: Applications for the 2021 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be submitted by Sunday, February 14, 2021.


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