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Journalism Fellowship

Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship

October 18-22, 2021

2015 fellows

WHOI’s Ocean Science Journalism (OSJ) Fellowship offers professional science writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and digital media the residential experience at a leading ocean research institution. Created in 2000, the program is designed to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering.

Four (+) days packed with lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and ventures out in the field, the fellowship gives participants the chance to gain access to new insight on fundamental ocean-related areas of research, including engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography.

The ideal candidates will have at least two years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Preference to those with a scientific background or science-focused beat.

WHOI covers room and board during the program. Fellows will receive a travel allowance of $1,200.

Application Information

Applications are accepted starting June 28, 2021, and must be received by August 13, 2021. A total of 10 fellows will be accepted.

You may apply online by filling out the online application form and uploading all of the required materials by the application deadline, no later than August 13.

All applications must include the following required materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Current CV or résumé
  • One page letter stating why you want to attend this program and what you hope to gain from it
  • Three samples of professional work, ideally completed within the past two years. (Uploaded articles should be in the form of PDFs or direct web links to specific work samples).

Online Application Instructions

Please fill out the online application form and upload your required materials.

Supplement Instructions

Print Journalists: Please avoid reducing text size for submissions. 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 direct links to reels or samples. Directors and producers should indicate their involvement in the broadcast. Suggested run time: 3-3:30 min.

Multimedia Journalists, Photographers, and Artists: Submit samples of stories, graphics, photographs, artwork, or illustrations. We ask that you submit these digitally and provide direct links.

Communications Department

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

Application deadline: August 13, 2021. Materials received after the deadline will not be considered. 

International decline notice: Remaining in line with current ongoing COVID-19 restriction guidelines set by the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, WHOI regrets to inform that it is not accepting international applications for the Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship at this time. As many countries remain at high or very high risk assessment for COVID-19, according to the CDC, WHOI acknowledges and prioritizes the need to preserve public health and abide by ongoing regulations. We recognize that global legislators are still working tirelessly to open their borders and maintain public safety via mass vaccination efforts.  All applicants must reside or work full time in the U.S.  We look forward to greeting international applicants in the 2022 session.