2015 Press Week travel fellowships

Fellowships of up to $1,000 each are available to enable science and medical writers to attend Press Week, July 22-29, 2015, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Preference will be given to recent graduates of science-writing graduate programs and relatively new professional science journalists.

Press Week is a long-standing tradition held during the annual Short Course on Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics. Celebrating its 56th year in 2015, the Course is co-sponsored by The Jackson Laboratory and the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Attendees can attend Short Course lectures to learn about the role of genetics in scientific and clinical research today and have access to special Press Week briefings for working journalists in which Short Course faculty discuss specific new advances and approaches in genetics, genomics and proteomics. Presenters include leading researchers from The Jackson Laboratory, Johns Hopkins and many other institutions.

Attendance at Press Week is free; the fellowships are offered to help cover the costs of traveling to and staying in Bar Harbor for the week. Press Week participants are eligible to take advantage of the Short Course group rate at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel.

Applications are due March 31, 2015, and fellowship recipients will be notified by April 30.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. A 700-800 word personal statement describing your interest in and future plans for writing about medical genetics.
  3. Journalists employed by a news outlet: A letter of support from an employer indicating that, if awarded a fellowship, the applicant will be able to attend Press Week. Freelancers: A statement of potential interest from a news outlet in stories coming out of Press Week.
  4. Name, mailing address, telephone number and email address for three references.

Please email applications to: news@jax.org

For more information, contact news@jax.org

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