SciComm Identities Project Fellowship 2023

Post Date: 6/28/2022
Opportunity Type: Other
Organization/Grantor: SciComm Identities Project (SCIP)
Position/Title/Fund: SciComm Identities Project Fellowship - One-year term
Deadline: August 1, 2022

The SCIP Fellowship is a one-year professional development opportunity for pre-tenure faculty at U.S. institutions who identify as underrepresented racial or ethnic minorities.

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute, Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, and the URI Science and Story Lab have launched a fellowship program designed to prepare the next generation of science communicators from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. This project will test the extent to which normative behaviors engrained in academia and science relate to cultural norms and communication styles of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority scientists, and how these factors influence their science communication efforts.

The SciComm Identities Project (SCIP) aims to shift the paradigm of science communication training and create a more representative suite of academic science communicators through a new fellowship designed to test a training curriculum based on intercultural communication theories. Ultimately, we hope SCIP will elevate science communication activities as a valued aspect of academics’ institutional contributions. We also are undertaking this project to increase representation of underrepresented minority scientists and engineers as science communicators and as public intellectuals in environmental news coverage to foster culturally relevant conservations about environmental issues.

The Fellowship will have a different thematic focus in each of its three one-year cohorts. Each of these foci relates, broadly, to climate change. SCIP Fellows will gain science communication expertise and practice and build their professional networks in ways that may support new collaborations and research insights:

  • January-December 2023, Cohort 1: Energy
  • January-December 2024, Cohort 2: Water
  • January-December 2025, Cohort 3: Agriculture and Food Security
How to Apply:

Please complete and submit the following documents:

Fellows will be selected based on their stated interests and goals for leveraging the training through, for example, their research, teaching, advising, and/or public engagement. Selections will maximize the diversity of each fellowship cohort concerning race and ethnicity, geography, discipline, and gender. Fellowships will span one year, from January through December.

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