Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship 2016 for Journalists from the US & UK – Fully Funded to Zurich, Switzerland.

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The 2016 Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship will bring five science, society or health policy journalists from the US and UK to Zurich, Switzerland, to enhance their understanding of the work and research of the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize recipient, a leading international scholar in the field of child development, and to connect these journalists with Swiss premier research institutions.

The annual Fellowship, launched in 2015, covers Fellows’ travel and ground costs and includes a five-day program in Zurich from Tuesday, November 29, until Saturday, December 3, 2016. One day will be set aside for individual research and interviews.  Fellows are invited to attend the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize ceremony at the University of Zurich on December 2. The 2016 laureate will be announced in October 2016.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a working journalist with a consistent track record of reporting on science and health policy issues.
  • The Fellowship is open to journalists resident in North America or the UK working in any media, including but not limited to newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online publications, magazines or freelance.
  •  Must have experience writing about youth development or a demonstrated interest in covering this beat in the future.
  • At least two years of employment or a proven track record as a freelancer in print, broadcast, or online journalism.


Travel and accommodation costs covered by the Jacobs Foundation

  • Accommodation in Zurich to be booked by Jacobs Foundation for the duration of the program from November 29 until December 3, 2016.
  • Zurich public transportation (tram, bus) for the duration of the program.
  • A coach round-trip ticket to Zurich, Switzerland, to be booked by a Jacobs Foundation-authorized travel agent.
  • Program participants may extend their stays in Zurich, but additional accommodation or travel costs will not be covered by the Foundation.

Terms of the Fellowship

  •  Jacobs Fellows are required to prepare for and participate in all briefings and all other scheduled events. They must agree to stay for the entire program. Violations of these terms could result in termination from the program.
  • The Jacobs Foundation hopes that Fellows will become part of the Foundation’s network of researchers, scholars, and thinkers, deeply interested in advancing the conversation and sharing learnings on child and youth development.
  • Following the program, Fellows are expected to contribute a post on the Foundation’s “Learning” blog (to be launched in the summer of 2016) by sharing innovations in the field, findings, R&D, or thought provoking-ideas on aspects they personally find crucially important in the context of learning and interdisciplinary youth development.
  • Blog posts should be 750 – 1200 words. Additional formats such as film are also welcome.

How to apply

  • Please use the online application form. For more information please visit www.jacobsfoundation.org
  • Fellows will be selected by an independent jury consisting of distinguished researchers, journalists and educators. Winners of the fellowship will be notified via email by the end of September 2016.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship

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