We are accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. The next fellowship period will begin on January 2, 2020 and end on August 31, 2020. The subsequent fellowship period will begin on July 1, 2020 and end on February 28, 2021. Applicants may express interest for one or both fellowship periods.

The eight-month fellowship is remote and part-time. Fellows will report and write six articles for publication at The Open Notebook with the guidance of a mentor who will help shape story ideas, provide reporting and writing guidance, edit final copy, and offer career-development mentoring. Fellows and mentors will also be part of a professional discussion group composed of former fellowship participants and TON editors. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $4,200.


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. Prospective fellows must be available to devote sufficient time to completing articles as specified in the fellowship description. (International applicants are welcome. Note that applications, including writing samples and letters of recommendation, must be in English.)

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability to propose good feature ideas and who show strong writing ability.


Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central time on October 20, 2019.