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Nova’s Media Fellowship Program 2024

Application Deadline: May 28, 2024

Nova’s Media Fellowship program aims to increase the number and quality of print and online articles as well as broadcasts that reflect a broad vision of health, are science-based, and accurately report on pertinent ideas, questions, and debates.

The Media Fellowship program provides journalists an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the complex, intertwined network of factors that affect health and well-being and the inadequacy of a health framework that focuses primarily on disease. Media Fellows can play an important role in translating research findings and analyses for a range of audiences, combining data with stories that inform the public and engage policymakers in order to change attitudes. 

The Nova Media Fellowship supports print, broadcast, and digital journalists proposing to immerse themselves in the health field and complete media projects that acknowledge and explore the many factors that promote well-being, prevent disease, contribute to healing, and increase an individual’s ability to flourish and live a fulfilling life. At this time, the Media Fellowship is not inviting book proposals.


Ideal applicants are full-time journalists with established records of publication or broadcast in local, regional, or national markets or among targeted audiences or constituencies and have relevant full-time experience. Proposals may cover international issues and involve international travel, but in 2024 we are accepting applications from U.S.-based journalists only.

Time Commitment
Fellowships begin in Fall 2024 (ideally by September 16; the start date is flexible), and last for a period of 12 months. A Media Fellow must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the proposed project, and the project should be the Fellow’s only full-time work during the fellowship term. 

We will hold bi-monthly check-ins with Media Fellows and expect Media Fellows to attend annual meetings, including one scheduled for September 29-October 2, 2024, in Baltimore, Maryland. We also strongly encourage participation in monthly online Scholars and Fellows meetings as well as other Nova events such as our “Nova Campfires” and annual conference, typically held virtually.


The 2024 Media Fellowship award is $100,000 over 12 months, with up to an additional $7,500 reimbursed for travel expenses per Nova’s travel policies. The award is intended to support a Fellow’s living expenses, project-related expenses, conference fees, health insurance, etc. 


Media Fellowship Announcement: April 15
Informational Q&A Zoom call: May 13, 2024 at 3 pm ET (register here)
Applications Due: May 28 (11:59 p.m. EST) 
Finalist Interviews: Mid-July
Notification for Selected Fellows: Late July – Early August 
Fellowship Term Begins: September 16 (flexible) 
Scholars and Fellows Meeting (in-person): September 29-Oct 2

Note: all dates except the application due date are subject to change at the Nova Institute’s discretion.  

More Info: Nova’s Media Fellowship Program 2024



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