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IIT Science Journalism Fellowship

IIT launches its first Science Journalism Fellowship in conjunction with ERC Science Journalism Initiative

The Institute offers a paid stay for one freelance or staff science journalist who is interested in topics close to IIT’s research domains (Robotics, Life Technologies, New materials, AI and Computational sciences). Experience with international media, fluent command of spoken and written English are a key requisite.

The residency programme will run for one month/four weeks and activities will be defined together with the selected journalist and according to ERC grantees availability. The journalist will have a unique chance to spend dedicated time with IIT researchers and experience science and technology first-hand.

Activities may include:

  • In-depth interviews with ERC grantees
  • Observation in labs during experiments (only if permitted by IIT safety regulations)
  • Participation at demonstrations
  • Seminars and workshops about science journalism

The selected candidate will be offered a gross compensation of € 3.360,00 (before all cost elements related to the management of the labour contract, such as social contribution, taxes, and insurance costs) and with travel and accommodation expenses reimbursement.

IIT does not expect the journalist to publish anything related to IIT in return.

Interested science journalist may send their application via email to the following address: mediaoffice@iit.it – please, specify in the email subject line “Science Journalism residency project”.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • CV showing experience with international media
  • Motivation letter, specifying topics of interests and activities to be done during the stay  
  • 3 examples of news that prove science journalistic work

Application deadline: December 11, 2022 – 2 pm

Final selection and appointment: December 19-22, 2022

Duration: 1 month/4 weeks

Expected start date: February 1, 2023

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is a research center hosting scientists from over 60 countries in the world, who are attracted by the high level of its scientific program and its vibrant environment. IIT has been host institution of more than 50 ERC grants awarded to prominent scientists of different ages and nationalities. IIT’s headquarters are in Genova, constantly linked to its eleven centres in Italy and two outstations based in the USA.

The journalist’s residency will be located in Genova, where the majority of IIT’s ERC grantees have their labs. IIT is an ideal venue for science journalists who wish to discover and experience a heterogeneous scientific environment, ranging from biology to robotics, from new materials to neuroscience, from basic science to technology transfer.

Please, for additional information you may contact project coordinator: Valeria delle Cave, Head of IIT’s Communications for competitive projects and international press office activities: valeria.dellecave@iit.it


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