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Environmental Reporting Fellowships
Eligibility & Application

The Environmental Reporting Fellowships program was a 42-week program that provided five traditionally under-represented racial and ethnic minority journalists with an opportunity to learn basic science, gain environmental research and reporting skills, and apply new knowledge and skills in a 37-week reporting assignment.

The program consisted of four weeks of scientific study at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography with science faculty mentors on issues such as climate change impacts, water quality, marine debris, ocean impacts on human health, as well as special sessions for developing environmental skills. The overall program included an orientation and immersion workshop that integrated science and environmental justice issues, and 37 weeks of reporting on science and the environment with reporter and editor mentors.

The Environmental Reporting Fellowships was funded by a grant from the Geosciences Division of the National Science Foundation.


Environmental Reporting Fellowships were available on a competitive basis to print, broadcast and electronic journalists with a demonstrated interest in marine and environmental science reporting and who wished to gain understanding in basic science and experience in environmental reporting.

Applicants were required to have a minimum of one year of professional journalism experience. The Environmental Reporting Fellowships were available only to U.S. citizens. Applicants needed to self-identify as members of a traditionally underrepresented racial or ethnic minority.


Metcalf Institute is no longer accepting applications for this program.

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March 24, 2010