Now Accepting Fellowship Applications

We are now accepting applications for The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers.

The Fellowship

The four-month TON/BWF fellowship begins January 13, 2014. During the fellowship period, fellows will produce about 4 interviews or features and a modest amount of other, less time-intensive content for The Open Notebook under the guidance of a mentor who will help shape story ideas, provide reporting and writing guidance as needed, and edit final copy. The fellowship will be remote. Thanks to a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, each fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000.


The fellowship is open to early career science writers with fewer than two years of professional science writing experience. (Internships and student work do not count toward this requirement). Graduate students interested in science writing are eligible.

Selection Criteria

TON‘s editors will select one fellow for the Spring 2014 period. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability to propose good feature ideas and who show strong writing ability.

Application Process

Applicants should email the following documents (collated into a single PDF file) to

  • A resume or CV
  • A one-page letter of interest explaining why you are seeking the fellowship and what you hope to learn from the experience
  • Up to three writing samples
  • Proposals for two TON features or multimedia stories (these can take the form of a behind-the-story writer interview; a topical feature on some element of the craft of science writing; or some other project centered on the craft of science writing). Each proposal should be no more than two paragraphs.

Separately, please provide one or two (no more) letters of reference. Please ask referees to send letters directly to


Applications and letters of recommendation must be received by midnight (Central time), December 13, 2013.

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