The Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the Rita Allen Foundation, is looking for a talented individual to blend the practice and teaching of journalism in a new Civic Science Storytelling Award, in order to further understanding of civic science.

Hosted for 18 months by the University of Oregon’s Center for Science Communication Research (SCR), the Civic Science Storytelling Fellow will:

  • Produce and curate a body of journalistic work reporting on civic science
  • Develop a teaching tool kit for telling stories about civic science
  • Work with researchers at SCR to assess the impact of civic science journalism on communities traditionally suspicious of science and scientists
  • Play an active role in the Civic Science Fellows network

Civic science, at its core, is about connecting science with society at this time of extraordinary breakthroughs in science, health and technology. The Civic Science Fellows programme is supported by a host of science, media, education and philanthropic organisations (including the US UK Fulbright Commission) and is investing in a cohort of leaders to foster new collaborations, allowing science and research to more meaningfully connect with diverse communities and our shared civic life.

This particular award aims to establish a framework for civic science journalism. Narratives and storytelling are key to furthering public understanding of, and engagement with, complex scientific and social issues. In order to realise a culture of civic science – where scientists have active roles as citizens and people from many walks of life access science as part of their decision-making processes – we need to tell stories about civic science.

The deadline for applications is 11.59PM Sunday 1st August.

For more information on the fellowship please visit our website.