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The Balkan region featured for the first time in EurekAlert! Fellowships for early-career science reporters

China, India also featured in Fellowship program


"Winning the fellowship professionally meant that I had the opportunity to learn and network with the news makers in the scientific world. It influenced the way I thought about issues and opened my mind to the possibility of attempting more global stories on a regular basis. It changed the way I approached my reporting." -- Disha Shetty, 2017 EurekAlert! Fellow and current student at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Applications are now open for the 2018 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters. Early-career science journalists based in China, India or the Balkan region may apply online for travel and accommodation support to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Austin Texas, 15-19 Feb. 2018.

Founded in 2004 to foster science journalism in emerging regions, the Fellowship program has served broad regions of the globe, such as: The Middle East, South and Central America, Africa, China, and India. The program was expanded for the first time this year to include the Balkan region in Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, or Turkey) with partial support from the Rockefeller University Press.

Tabassum Barnagarwala, 2017 EurekAlert! Fellow said she gained valuable experience at the AAAS Annual Meeting. "Coming from India, where the communication between scientific community and media is limited, the best part about the EurekAlert! AAAS fellowship was the huge platform where I gained quality access to researchers and scientists."

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific organization and publisher of the Science family of journals. EurekAlert! is an editorially independent, non-profit news service operated by AAAS.

The AAAS Annual Meeting -- the largest and most widely recognized global science gathering -- consistently draws up to 10,000 scientists, public information officers, journalists, policymakers, and members of the public, especially for its popular Family Science Days. The 2018 meeting theme is "Advancing Science Discovery to Application," featuring scientific sessions, plenary and topical lectures, specialized seminars, poster sessions, and public engagement activities.

The 2018 Fellowship program is open to science reporters and freelancers based in China, India, or the Balkan region with less than five years of professional journalism experience and who have not received the Fellowship before. Applicants must meet EurekAlert!'s longstanding reporter-registrant eligibility criteria. Applicants are asked to submit a brief essay, news clips, and a recommendation letter from their editor or a senior journalist, to be reviewed by an independent panel of judges. Additionally, applicants must provide press credentials or proof of employment at an accredited news outlet.

The Fellowship covers travel and accommodation, and winners will be credentialed for free newsroom access to the Annual Meeting. To apply, visit Applications close 15 Nov. 2017 at 11:59 pm US Eastern Time.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

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