About

Location

The UK Civic Science Fellow will be based at the Center for Media Engagement, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, while at the same time playing an active role in the work of the pilot cohort of Civic Science Fellows, work that will involve both virtual relationship building and travel across the US for face-to-face convenings and workshops. 

Fellowship timeline

This is a twelve-month fellowship. Formal engagement with the Civic Science Fellowship will need to commence in mid-February 2020 so that the fellow can take part in the inaugural convening in Seattle. However, initial engagement can be part-time and, apart from one or two trips to the US in the spring, can be remote, from the UK. The latest date for the fellow to physically arrive in Austin is the beginning of UT’s academic year at the end of August 2020.

Background

In the face of rapidly changing culture, media, and science, a partnership of civic institutions, media organisations, scientific associations, researchers and foundations is coming together to catalyse widespread, inclusive engagement with science and its societal implications.

The Civic Science Fellow will be part of the inaugural class of Civic Science Fellows, which aims to build the capacity of emerging leaders, networks, and institutions working to meaningfully connect science and society.

The Fellowship will embed emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds in organisations working at the many interfaces of science and society. Fellows will work on a variety of projects that connect civic science research with evidence-based practice, and scientists with communities. Civic Science Fellows are cross-disciplinary thinkers and projects might include, for example, creating innovative media, designing approaches for community engagement, and investigating best practices for working with specific populations. Fellows will also create connections and shared resources to strengthen the development of a culture of civic science across many types of networks.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the Rita Allen Foundation, seeks a Civic Science Fellow with a background in science communication to lead a research project that will explore one salient aspect of how scientists communicate with the public and how the public perceives science. We particularly encourage projects that are designed to engage with communities generally under-represented in the debates around science.

The Civic Science Fellow will be hosted by the Center for Media Engagement of the University of Texas at Austin and will work closely with Anthony Dudo, CME’s Program Director of Science Communication. They will be asked to write up their work in a white paper that will be shared with the public on CME’s website.

Critically, they will also be part of a cohort of civic science fellows housed at various institutions to advance a myriad of ways people and science connect. These fellows will participate in regular monthly meetings and workshops to share learnings from their different embedded perspectives. They will be expected to build collaborative networks for transferring knowledge on civic science between individuals and institutions. As the only member of the cohort from outside the US, this fellow will be expected to foster British-American collaboration in the field of science communication and between the members of the pilot cohort of civic science fellows.

The successful candidate will be an early career researcher or practitioner of science communication who has conducted both quantitative and qualitative research and, in particular, has experience of working with either large scale surveys or social media analysis. They will also be able to demonstrate their ability – and their enthusiasm – to mentor and/or manage other researchers.

The Fulbright Commission is committed to widening access to its programmes and we particularly welcome candidates from groups under-represented in academia and science to apply.

Grant

The selected fellow will be paid a monthly stipend of US$8,000 plus benefits (health insurance) as well as a travel allowance for the fellowship year. The fellow’s J-1 visa will be sponsored by the University Texas at Austin. 


Application requirements

  • Be a UK citizen. We also welcome candidates from British Overseas Territories.
  • Have a relevant master’s or PhD, at least five years in science communication – whether practitioner or researcher.
  • Dual US-UK citizens, US Green Card holders, or individuals who are resident in the US at the time of application are ineligible to apply.

Application process

Please send the following application materials to civicscience@fulbright.org.uk.

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter (no more than 300 words)
  • An essay that answers the following two questions: how will you spend your time at UT Austin? What is the main question driving your research? (no more than 500 words)
  • Two reference letters
  • You must also complete the separate online US-UK Fulbright Commission Supplemental Form.

Applications are now closed.

More background on the Civic Science Fellowship Initiative can be found here.