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SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship Program 2024

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024

Applications are now open for the 2024 SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship Program. With the support of a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship program guides anthropologists on accessible writing and podcasting for broad nonacademic audiences. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide in-depth training for anthropologists in the craft of science communication and public scholarship—to transform their research into stories that engage the public and spur readers and listeners to rethink themselves and their world.

Applications for the fellowship program will be accepted each summer to select a yearly cohort of 10 fellows. Each year will present a particular theme, drawing primarily from the research areas around cultural evolution: the Wisdom of World Cultures (2022–2023), the Impacts of Technology (2023–2024), and Global Challenges, Cultural Opportunities (2024–2025).

Program Details

Each fellow will be selected for the academic year (September 1–May 31). Sessions will be held in two-hour periods on Wednesdays (timing subject to change depending on cohort time zones) during this period. They will be expected to:

(1) enthusiastically participate in regular Zoom meetings and trainings with their cohort;
(2) pitch, develop, and publish at least one article for SAPIENS;
(3) pitch, develop, and publish at least one article for another popular magazine; and
(4) contribute to one SAPIENS podcast episode in collaboration with the production partner, House of Pod. Missing more than two meetings will result in an evaluation to determine whether the fellow can continue in the program.

Fellowship Benefits

Benefits of the fellowship include deepening skills in popular writing and podcasting, individual mentoring with SAPIENS staff and partners, an expanded professional network, public recognition for one’s research, and a US$2,500 award upon the fellowship’s completion.

More Info: SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship Program 

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