UNSW Engineering Journalist-in-Residence Program
Twice a year, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers a 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.
The 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 and of the researchers’ approaches and way of thinking.
Target group and duration
The program is for freelance and staff journalists specialising in science writing and with several years of professional experience as a journalist. It is open to print, online, radio and television journalists, and is for 21 days (three weeks).
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 or seminar on science communication
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.
Applicants should include a cover letter describing why they would like to undertake UNSW’s Ingenuity Fellowship (listing research areas of interest), a current CV, three examples of journalistic work in science and technology in the past three years (PDF, audio or video files), and a list of research areas of interest at UNSW Engineering. For staff journalists, a letter of recommendation from the editor or a head of section is also required. 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 7 August 2017 (for a residency in October-November 2017)
- Monday 29 January 2018 (for a residency in April-May 2018)
- Monday 2 July 2018 (for a residency in October-November 2018)
- Video introduction to UNSW’s Sydney campus
- UNSW 360˚ Campus Tour
- Research highlights at UNSW Engineering
For more information, contact:
Wilson da Silva, Senior Communications Advisor
Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales
Mobile: +61 407 907 017