UNSW Engineering Journalist-in-Residence Program

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Twice a year, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers an Ingenuity Fellowship for experienced science and technology journalists. Fellows stay for three weeks at UNSW’s Sydney campus to engage with our scientists and engineers and get an insight into our research.

Program goals
UNSW's Sydney CampusThe Ingenuity Fellowship offers journalists outside of Australia the opportunity to familiarise themselves with several areas of research at UNSW’s Faculty of Engineering, and to deepen their technical knowledge without the pressure of daily deadlines.

We also want to encourage Fellows to learn more about the methods and possibilities of some of the key research undertaken at the Faculty, such as silicon quantum computing, solar energy, bionic vision, robotics, cyber security, and advanced polymers and membranes. The daily contact with the researchers will help Fellows to gain a better understanding of the way research works, the researchers’ approaches and way of thinking.

Target group and duration
The program is open to both freelance and staff journalists specialising in science and technology who have several years of professional experience as journalists. It is open to print, online, radio and television journalists, and is for 21 days (three weeks). Preference is given to those journalists who show an interest in the areas listed above, have experience covering them, would benefit from the experience, and can show that their resulting stories will either reach large or diverse audiences.

Activities and costs
Journalists are free to pursue their own agenda. During the stay, it is hoped the Fellow will mostly focus on:

  • Visiting UNSW Engineering labs and hold discussions with researchers about their work
  • Collect information about potential topics for future stories
  • Present a lecture on science communication or their experience as a science journalist in their country

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All costs covered, including:

  • Return economy flights from the recipient’s home city to Sydney, Australia
  • Accommodation at a hotel near to the Kensington campus, 7 km from the city and beaches
  • A daily allowance to cover meals and sundry expenses
  • Transport and ground costs, and visa costs (if any)

Desk space is provided in the Kensington campus in Sydney, along with high-speed broadband access.

Application requirements
Applicants should complete the application form below, include a cover letter describing why they would like to undertake UNSW’s Ingenuity Fellowship (perhaps listing research areas of interest), a current CV, and three recent examples of their journalistic work in science and technology (PDF, audio or video files). For staff journalists, a letter of recommendation from the editor or a head of section is welcomed, but is not mandatory. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is assumed.

When to apply?
The Journalist in Residence Program runs twice a year: in April-May and October-November, with exact dates agreed to in discussions with the recipient Fellow.

Ingenuity Fellowship deadlines:

  • Monday 28 January 2019 (for a residency in April-May 2019)
  • Monday 1 July 2019 (for a residency in October-November 2019)
  • Monday 27 January 2020 (for a residency in April-May 2020)

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For more information, contact:
Wilson da Silva, Senior Communications Advisor
Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales
E-mail: w.dasilva@unsw.edu.au
Mobile: +61 407 907 017


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