Call for Applications
FRONTIERS Science Journalism Residency Program 2023 (round 1)
5 December 2023 – 5 March 2024 (17:00 CET)
FRONTIERS, an initiative funded by the European Research Council, invites applications from science journalists worldwide for immersive residencies at European research institutions. These residencies, spanning 3 to 5 months, offer unparalleled opportunities to delve into frontier research across diverse disciplines, including social sciences and humanities.
Four annual calls are envisaged in the period 2023-2026, supporting up to 40 fellowships (up to 10 in the first call), for a total funding available of 600,000 EUR.
The FRONTIERS initiative aims to empower science journalists in bridging the gap between complex scientific discoveries and public understanding. As an essential link between scientific endeavors and society, journalists play a crucial role in communicating high-risk/high-reward frontier research responsibly and accurately.
By fostering independent journalism, this initiative wants to give journalists opportunities to learn and work on in-depth reporting projects by immersing themselves in the research environment and interacting with scientists and scholars. The main aims are to:
- Enhance journalists’ professional development
- Foster critical thinking and ethical reporting
- Bolster public trust in scientific institutions
- Promote curiosity about frontier research
- Strengthen mutual learning of scientists and journalists.
What We Offer
Selected journalists will embark on residencies at European research institutions, pursuing independent reporting ideas or delving into specific frontier research fields. Participants benefit from:
● Fellowship residencies of 3 to 5 months
● Unrestricted access to diverse research areas
● Networking and training activities
● Opportunities for cross-institutional experiences
● Independence and credibility in reporting
- Open to journalists worldwide, residing in or outside Europe
- Professionals across various media formats producing independent journalistic content
- Commitment to full-time engagement during the residency
For Host Institutions
- Located in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries
- Hosts cutting-edge research groups across any scientific field
- Committed to providing essential support and full independence to resident journalists
- Relevance and impact of the project
- Journalistic track record and expertise
- Quality of frontier research
- Diversity considerations
How to Apply
Eligible journalists should:
- Find and contact an eligible host institution
- Complete the application form and submit all required documentation for evaluation, through the online form available on the FRONTIERS website
Applications will undergo a two-step evaluation process, focusing on project quality, journalist credentials, and societal impact. The final selection aims for diversity in gender, nationality, and career stages. The evaluation committee will include members of the FRONTIERS consortium and of the Advisory Board. Selection committee members will be invited to disclose all potential conflicts of interest that should arise, and the committee as a whole will deal with them appropriately.
Selected fellows will receive monthly support, based on career stage, covering expenses up to 4,000 EUR (early), 5,000 EUR (mid), or 6,000 EUR (established), adhering to EU rules.