Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship


WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowships were established in 2000, and the next program will be held from September 18-23, 2016. The fellowship program is designed to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering.

Through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography. Topics range from harmful algal blooms to deep-sea hydrothermal vents; from seafloor earthquakes to ice-sheet dynamics; from the ocean's role in climate change to the human impact on fisheries and coastline change; from ocean instruments and observatories to underwater robots.

Our program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional science writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Freelancers, book authors, and writers from nontraditional media may also be considered, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work.

We cover travel expenses for all fellows, and provide room and board for one week. International journalists are welcome to apply. Please include English translations of your work samples.

Application Information

We will begin accepting applications on February 16, 2016. You may apply online by filling out the application form and uploading all of the required materials or by sending your completed application form and hard copies of required materials via mail. 

Program Application Checklist

  • Completed application form.
  • Current CV or resumé -be sure to include full contact information.
  • One page letter stating why you want to attend this program and what you hope to gain from it.
  • Three samples of professional work within the past two years (upload PDFs or provide direct links to specific samples, not to a web site of all your work).

If you are mailing hard copies of your application and required materials, please follow the instructions below:

Do not submit an item that is irreplaceable as materials will not be returned.

Print Journalists: Please submit articles in 8 1/2 X 11" and avoid reducing text size. Submit one chapter instead of whole books. Make sure all submissions are clearly marked with your name. Editors should indicate their involvement in the selected piece.

Broadcast Journalists: Submit DVDs or CDs marked with the total running time of piece. Directors and producers should indicate their involvement in the broadcast.

Multimedia Journalists, Photographers, and Artists: Submit printed samples of stories, graphics, photographs, artwork, or illustrations; CDs of work are also acceptable.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2016

Mail applications to:

Erin Koenig
Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship
Mail Stop #16
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543