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Burroughs Wellcome Fellowship in Climate & Health Communications

The Climate & Health Communications & Research program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with The Conversation, is offering four fellowships for journalists and communications professionals focusing on Climate & Health Communications and Research. The purpose of the program is to counter widespread misinformation on Climate & Health, while increasing the public impact and awareness of scientific discoveries in these fields.


Fellows will lead 6 workshops in which they will train scientists and researchers in science communications as well as the various stages of connecting with news media before, during and after the publication of a new study. Activities will include discussions of best practices in producing a press release, navigating the news cycle and its deadlines, what should be included in a media kit, how to set an embargo date, and other essential steps involved in interactions with journalists and news outlets. Fellows will also research and discuss the latest trends in public misinformation and disinformation, with a specific focus on Climate and Health news and report their findings to the workshop (no publication of these findings is required).  

Each fellow will be compensated $5,000. Workshops can be delivered in person or remotely.

Fellows can choose either a fall or spring fellowship term:
October 15th to December 31st (fall 2023)

February 1st to May 30th (spring 2024)

Interested candidates should submit an application by October 7th, 2023. Finalists will be interviewed and may be required to provide two references. Additional questions can be directed to the program director, Dr. Alexander More

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The Burroughts Wellcome Fellowships and the Climate & Health Communications & Research program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston are funded by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

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