MBL Logan Science Journalism Program

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The Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL, founded in 1986, offers professional science journalists, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists a chance to forget about story deadlines and immerse themselves in the process of basic biomedical and environmental research. Room, board, lab fees, U.S. travel or partial foreign travel are covered for accepted fellows.

Program Dates: May 30-June 7, 2018

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018. Application materials to be posted by Dec. 31, 2017.

The Choice Is Yours: The program offers journalists the choice between two introductory intensive courses held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and nearby field sites



A limited number of fellowships are available for 2017. Applicants must be professional science journalists, writers, editors, or producers with at least three years experience. Preference will be given to print, online or broadcast journalists with staff positions, although freelancers will be considered.

Staff seniority is not a criterion. A basic knowledge of biological principles and methods is advantageous, but is not essential.

Journalists who previously participated in the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Environmental Hands-On Research Course.  Journalists who previously participated in the Environmental Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course.

Applications from minority group members are strongly encouraged.


Application forms for the 2018 Logan Science Journalism Program will be posted by Dec. 31, 2017. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

Please note there are two different applications: One for the Biomedical Hands-On Course and one for the Environmental Hands-On Course. Please be sure to fill out the correct application. Download the application to your desktop to fill it out electronically.

Biomedical Hands-On Course Application

Environmental Hands-On Course Application

Hands-on Course applicants who also wish to apply for a Chicago Fellowship should check the appropriate box on the application form. Journalists must have completed one of the Hands-On Courses (in any year) to be eligible for a Chicago Fellowship.

Please submit an electronic copy of your application form along with the following supplemental material (one electronic copy of each, identified by section A-E).

A. Statement (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing your journalistic experience and professional goals, and explaining how this fellowship will benefit your career. (To be provided by all applicants.)

B. A list of science courses taken after high school and a brief description of any science laboratory or research experience you have had. (To be provided by all applicants.)

C. Four samples of your science writing or editing. Samples must be in English and submitted as PDFs.  At least two samples should have been published within the last two years. Do not send works-in-progress or other unpublished works or elaborate presentations such as complete books, newspapers, magazines, or scrapbooks. Broadcast samples should be 30 minutes or less. Editors or broadcast directors should include brief descriptions of their involvement with each story. (To be provided by all applicants.)

D. A brief statement describing your proficiency in English. (To be provided by all applicants whose first language is not English.)

E. Two confidential letters of recommendation, mailed or e-mailed by the evaluators directly to the Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL (dkenney@mbl.edu), no later than March 1. Where possible, one letter should be from a current or recent supervisor of your professional work.


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