Rita Allen Fellowship

The Rita Allen Foundation and WGBH Boston are accepting applications for the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication. Candidates should be early- to mid-career science media producers, journalists, or working scientists with a commitment to science communication. The fellowship identifies the ways to expand how and to whom science news and information are communicated. The fellow will receive a stipend of $82,000 plus other benefits, for the year.

WGBH’s community ties run deep. They are a local public broadcaster serving southern New England, with 11 public television services, three public radio services, and local productions (from Greater Boston to Classical Music with Laura Carlo) that reflect the issues and cultural riches of our region.


You are encouraged to apply if you are

  • Candidates for the fellowship will be early- to mid-career science media producers, journalists, or working scientists with a commitment to science communication.
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the US. The program is looking for candidates who are self-starters and can:
  1. Assess the state of science communication in an area of focus or in multiple areas
  2. Research and write about their findings
  • Conduct personal investigations and projects that complement their assessments or focus on additional research areas.

How to Apply:

Applicants can complete the application processes through the given link: https://wiki.wgbh.org/display/RAF/Application+Site

Rita Allen Fellowship

Supporting Documents:

Please make sure you have these documents ready for upload prior to completing the form.

  • Your resume or other documents with specific information that includes employment history, education, production credits, distribution, awards, etc. (.pdf, .doc, .docx)
  • A brief essay that describes your goals and objectives in applying to the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication, including (1) your experience or interest in science communication, (2) your goals for the RAF year, and (3) how serving as an RAF fellow will help you contribute to science literacy.  (1,000 words, .pdf, .doc, .docx)
  • A two-page proposal for a project or projects in science communications that you may want to explore during the fellowship, with costs of no more than $10,000 total. You may choose a research project or a practical, experimental project; you may change this project or explore other projects during the year, with the agreement of the fellowship editorial leads, but the proposal should illustrate your creativity, commitment, practical skills, and enterprise. (.pdf, .doc, .docx)
  • Three URLs of samples of your work pertaining to science, engineering or technology.  These can be print, video, audio, or multimedia, and should be work on which you were a primary contributor.
  • Names and contact information for two or three people who know your work in science communication and are providing letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid and Award Money:     

The Fellow who will win the fellowship program receives a stipend of $82,000 plus benefits, for the year. He/she will live in or move to the Boston area and have office space at WGBH’s studios.

Application Deadline: 

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern on June 30, 2017.

Link for More Information:


Contact Information:

For further information, please visit, http://www.wgbh.org/ritaallenfellowship or contact Judith Vecchione at raf2017-at-wgbh.org.

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