Metcalf Institute’s 20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop

Workshop opportunities
United States of America
Posted 3 years ago

Metcalf Institute’s 20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop is a fellowship designed for full-time professional journalists who work in any media. The Annual Workshop fellowship is geared to early- and mid-career journalists looking to start or expand coverage of the environment.

The workshop will also focus on journalists and who can demonstrate a need for training in topics relating to global change in coastal environments.


Awards:  Metcalf Institute supports ten fellowships each year. Two of these fellowships are available to journalists based outside of the United States. A Metcalf Institute fellowship award includes room, board and tuition, as well as up to US$500 in travel support for U.S. based journalists and US$1000 for journalists based outside of the U.S., paid only as a reimbursement after the program. Non-U.S. citizens applying from outside the U.S. will be asked for written assurance that they have full travel funds and can obtain the appropriate visa.

Metcalf Fellows will:

  • Receive a comprehensive overview of climate science and global change
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how scientists conduct research and handle 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 impact 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 sea level rise and coastal storms
  • Gain scientific background on the science of “attribution,” or how extreme weather events are tied to climate change
  • Discover new ways to write about climate change to 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

Eligibility: Selections for individual fellowship awards are made based, in part, on expressed commitment to accurate, science-based environmental coverage and editorial support for the publication/broadcast of the applicant’s subsequent environmental reporting. Metcalf Institute’s selection process strives to maximize diversity of each Annual Science Immersion Workshop class with regard to race and ethnicity, gender, medium, geography, and journalism experience.

Application: The application has two parts, an online form and a set of required inclusions.

Application packages (online form and required inclusions together) will be used to evaluate applicants. Any hard copies of application materials will not be returned.

All application forms and required inclusions must be submitted in English. Application packages in languages other than English will not be reviewed.

Online Application Form: Review this sample application and prepare your answers to the application questions in advance in order to complete your online application in a single session (once you log out of the online application, your browser may prevent you from logging back in).

Required Inclusions: Applicants must send the following required inclusions directly to Metcalf Institute by email to or mail to

Fellowships Coordinator

University of Rhode Island

Metcalf Institute

1 Greenhouse Road

Kingston, RI 02881


  •         Resume
  •         Statement of Interest
  •         Professional Work Samples
  •         References

Two letters of reference are required and should be sent via email from the author directly to or mailed to the address above. References should evaluate your abilities as a journalist and specifically comment on the potential impacts of the Metcalf fellowship on your work. One letter must be from your current immediate supervisor or, for freelancers, from an editor who has most recently worked with you.

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Deadline: February 12, 2018


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