The 2021 Graduate Center Science Communication Fellowship

July 27, 2021

The GC Sciences will offer paid scicoms fellowships to two grad students during the 2021/22 academic year. Check out how to apply.

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The Graduate Center Sciences is offering a paid science communication fellowship program that will engage two STEM graduate students during the 2021/22 academic year in learning skills for effectively communicating science to the public. Applicants must be master's or Ph.D. students enrolled in a Graduate Center STEM program.

Fellowship Aims and Components

The GC Sciences Fellowship Program will help train and prepare STEM graduate students to be effective science communicators who are skilled at engaging the general public in an ongoing dialogue about their research, advocating for support of the sciences outside of the university setting, and promoting the role of CUNY in advancing science and science education for the public good.

The fellowship will take place during the 2021- 2022 academic year, and will offer participants real-world training working closely with The Graduate Center communications team on a variety of science communications content (e.g., science writing, digital content creation, events, live-audience engagement) and will require completion of a culminating project that generates lay-friendly science content and proliferates fellows' learnings to their non-fellow student colleagues. Selected fellows will be required to provide three hours of time per week to fellowship activities.

GC Science Fellowship Stipend

$3,000 per academic year (September 2021-May 2022)

How to Apply

The application can be found online.

Students must submit the following along with their application:

  • Résumé

  • Cover letter

  • PI consent form []: Students who plan to work in a lab during the 2021–2022 academic year will need the consent of their PI to participate. Students in rotations can get their EO's signature.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you believe effective science communications is in the interest of the public? (Up 250 words)

  • How will participation in the GC Science Communications Fellowship program help you in your career as a scientist? (Up to 250 words)

  • What do you think is the importance of diversity in science communication, and how would you go about reaching diverse audiences? You may also include any personal statement of experience regarding diversity or lack of diversity in STEM. (Up to 250 words)

Application Deadline: Monday, August 9, 2021, 11:59 p.m.