MIT Environmental Fellowships

The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative has launched its inaugural Journalism Fellowship that supports freelance or staff journalists associated with U.S. newsrooms in developing a high-impact news project that connects local perspectives, values and priorities with climate change science and solutions.

The four-month paid fellowship provides an opportunity for newsrooms to dedicate time and attention to local storytelling on this topic.

We welcome applications from U.S. newsrooms who have identified a staff writer to participate in the fellowship, or freelance journalists who are affiliated with a newsroom, and who want to tackle an ambitious project by themselves, as a newsroom-wide undertaking or as a collaboration with other media outlets in their communities.

The fellowship is designed to enable fellows to work on the project over a four-month period while still maintaining their regular employment and/or other contracts. Fellows will receive 50 percent of the stipend in advance and 50 percent upon successful completion of their project, though applicants should specify if this will present a hardship.

Schedule 2021

April 4: Application deadline
April: Announce Fellows
Week of May 24: Virtual workshops
October 31: End date for project publication

Details about the fellowship and eligibility can be found in the call for applications: https://environmentalsolutions.mit.edu/call-for-esi-journalism-fellowships/.

The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative’s Journalism Fellowship supports freelance or staff journalists associated with U.S. local/regional newsrooms in developing a high-impact news project that connects local perspectives, values and priorities with climate change science and solutions.

The fellowship is part of ESI’s Here & Real project, which directly engages with U.S. states and communities as they tackle real conversations around climate impacts, solutions and an emerging low-carbon economy.

In 2021, the Here & Real project is taking the stance that “we’re all in this together” and therefore is looking to support storytelling projects that will engage Americans who are unsure, disengaged or doubtful about the need to act on climate change.

We recognize that while scientists are experts on many aspects of climate change, we don’t presume to know people’s lived experiences, values and priorities. This fellowship aims to marry the two in the service of connecting more Americans to the scientific realities of climate change and options that we collectively face.

The Environmental Solutions Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is MIT’s institute-wide effort to mobilize the substantial scientific, engineering, policy, and design capacity of our Institute to contribute to addressing climate change and other environmental challenges of global import.

We pursue multidisciplinary research, education, events, and partnerships to help move society toward an environmentally and socially sustainable future.

This fellowship is part of ESI’s Here & Real project, which directly engages with U.S. states and communities as they tackle real conversations around climate impacts, solutions and an emerging low-carbon economy.

The project localizes conversations about climate change by combining world-class research with local values and economic realities, supporting decision-makers and residents as they work to create a resilient future.

Here & Real’s approach is to listen thoughtfully; respect communities’ deep-seated values and experience; and pursue shared, science-based solutions across political lines.