IIASA Science Communication Fellowship 2019 (Fully-funded to Vienna)

IIASA Science Communication Fellowship 2019 (Fully-funded to Vienna)

Deadline: January 11, 2019

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Science Communication Fellowship 2019 is now open for applications. The IIASA science communication fellowship is a highly competitive program that immerses early-career science communicators in the dynamic work of the IIASA Communications Department.

The IIASA Science Communication Fellowship, established in 2016, provides the opportunity for one to two early-career science communicators to gain hands-on experience in the IIASA Communications Department each summer. The fellowship starts on 27 May and ends on 30 August. This funded 3-month placement is ideal for early-career science communication professionals.

IIASA research focuses on complex global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. These research findings provide important input to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. And science communication helps provide the bridge between researchers, policymakers, and the general public.

About

IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

The science communication fellow will gain experience in communicating complex systems science for a general audience through a variety of platforms including blogs, website content, video, and articles for our magazine, Options. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications Department, assisting with a variety of tasks including editorial work, web publishing, media relations, event coverage, multimedia, social media, and other communication activities. The fellow will also work closely with participants in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), producing several pieces of work covering research from the program.

Benefits

The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship.

The stipend is 4,000 EUR for the three months. IIASA does not provide housing or additional funding for housing.

Eligibility

  • A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization. They encourage applications from developing countries.

Qualifications

  •  Experience in writing about science for the general public via blogs, newspapers, university web sites, or other outlets.
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
  • Experience with or interest in social media, video, photography, or other multimedia is a plus.

Application

To apply, please email the following documents to Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis at [email protected]

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • One writing sample of no more than 800 words (longer texts will not be considered) about a scientific topic and aimed at a general audience (e.g., article for a newspaper or magazine, blog post, or op-ed)
  • A letter of recommendation

The application deadline is 11 January 2019.  Incomplete applications or applications received with written samples exceeding 800 words will not be considered.

For more information, visit IIASA.

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