FRONTIERS Residency program awards grants to seven European journalists

FRONTIERS Residency program awards grants to seven European journalists

Javier Pérez Barbuzano, Aisling Irwin, Ruairi Mackenzie, Jacopo Pasotti, Samuel Schlaefli, Vedrana Simičević, and Zuzana Vitková are the chosen candidates for the inaugural round of the FRONTIERS Residency Program. This ERC-supported initiative will finance journalists to spend 3 to 5 months at a European research institution.

Originating from Spain, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and Croatia, the selected journalists will develop their journalistic projects, during their residencies in scientific institutions. The initiative will award a monthly grant of up to 6,000€ to each of the selected fellows, who are expected to be fully dedicated to their projects.

The first residencies will be hosted by European institutions in Spain, Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Croatia. Each residency presents a unique opportunity for the FRONTIERS Fellows to explore frontier research across various scientific disciplines. The awarded journalistic proposals include coverage of cutting-edge topics such as the impact of climate change on glaciers, agroecology, gene editing, rare diseases, technological innovation in timber materials, immunology and conspiracy theories surrounding climate change.

The first call of the FRONTIERS Residency Program closed on 5 March 2024. The selected journalists were chosen from a pool of 33 applicants, representing 20 nationalities from 5 continents. The FRONTIERS project congratulates all applicants for their submissions and invites new and unsuccessful applicants to apply for the second call of the program, which will open in June 2024.

First call of the FRONTIERS Residency Program receives 33 applications from science journalists

First call of the FRONTIERS Residency Program receives 33 applications from science journalists

The first call for applications for the FRONTIERS journalist residencies closed on 5 March 2024 and attracted 33 submissions. The competition was open to any science journalist interested in an immersive residency of three to five months at a research institution in the EU or associated country. Applications will now be evaluated by a committee composed of members of the FRONTIERS consortium and its Advisory Board. 

In this first round of submissions, journalists from five continents applied for residencies at host institutions in thirteen different countries.  There were applications from experienced journalists and junior ones with journalistic projects in all scientific domains.

The results of the selection process are scheduled to be announced in May 2024. New applicants and unsuccessful applicants will be invited to apply in the second call, which is set to open later this year.

FRONTIERS, the ERC-funded science journalism initiative

In early 2023, the European Research Council (ERC) selected the FRONTIERS project for its Science Journalism Initiative. The project provides science journalists with the opportunity to cover frontier science topics from within research institutions, ensuring total journalistic independence. FRONTIERS aims to tackle some of the challenges of science journalism, including the deteriorating employment conditions and resources available for science journalists.

The FRONTIERS project is run by a consortium of organisations that includes the Centre for Ethics in Science and Journalism (Italy), the NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal), the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre of the Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), and Enspire Science (Israel), which coordinates the project.

The FRONTIERS Residency Program is Open for Applications

The FRONTIERS Residency Program is Open for Applications

FRONTIERS, the science journalism initiative funded by the European Research Council (ERC), opens today the first call for science journalists’ residencies. The residencies will allow science journalists to spend three to five months in a frontier research team at a host institution in an EU Member State or a country associated with the EU’s Horizon Europe Programme. Applications will remain open until the 5th of March 2024, at 17:00 CET.

The FRONTIERS residency program is available to science journalists of all nationalities, working with various media formats, and at different career stages. Applicants should submit a detailed project proposal, as well as work samples, recommendation letters and commitment letters from them and the host institution.

Selected journalists will have the opportunity to delve into research institutions, pursue independent reporting ideas of frontier research topics across various scientific disciplines, and participate in training sessions. A monthly allowance of up to €6,000 will support the FRONTIERS fellows during the residencies.

Four annual calls for residencies are envisaged between 2023 and 2026. Science journalists who have identified a potential host institution are invited to submit their applications at the FRONTIERS website.  Research institutions and research centres willing to host science journalists are also invited to express their interest in becoming host institutions.

For more information, visit the Call for Applications page.