Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion

Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion

The program relies on two distinct methods of study. Seminars at the University of Cambridge employ an innovative interdisciplinary approach to give fellows an overview of key issues in the field. Fellows also pursue a course of independent, private research into a specific area of interest within the larger topic. Potential areas of study include comparison of the methods of science and religion, origins of life, cosmology, genetic engineering, astrobiology, and spirituality and health.

Fellows will be paid a $15,000 stipend in addition to a book allowance and travel expenses.

All journalists, including freelancers, with at least three years of professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, wire services, radio, television, or online news organizations are eligible to apply.

The fellowship has no minimum education requirement, nor any minimum or maximum age for applicants. Priority will be given to mid-career and senior journalists, though early career journalists may apply. Those who are unsure whether they meet basic eligibility requirements should go to the Inquiries page and submit a brief summary of their qualifications and experience, including a description of their current news organization. They will be advised whether or not to complete a full application.

Fellows are not required to have formal academic training in the sciences, though this may be helpful. The most important criteria are an applicant's sincere analytical interest in science and religion, an intellectual curiosity about difficult issues, originality of thought displayed in previous writings, and a superior record of journalistic achievement. The Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship program is looking for those journalists who show promise of making a significant contribution to the public's understanding of the complex issues of science and religion.

Because this fellowship emphasizes immersion in the field of science and religion, fellows must be able to pursue the program full time.

The fellowship is open to journalists everywhere, but fluency in reading and writing in English is required.

During the term of the fellowship, June through July, the program provides time for study, a set of colleagues who will promote critical discussion, access to renowned experts in relevant fields, and an extraordinary intellectual and cultural setting. A combination of optional and required activities are organized around:

an initial week of preparatory study
an intense two-week seminar on science and religion, May 31–June 13, 2008, conducted by scholars, scientists, and thinkers drawn from the United States and Europe, and convened at Queens’ College of the University of Cambridge
introductions to important thinkers in the field
a detailed program of readings tailored to individual interests, including the development of a personal library of some 50 books that will act as a continuing resource for each fellow in the ensuing years
five weeks working at home (beginning June 14) to prepare an in-depth article and an oral presentation on a topic of particular interest to the fellow
a final one-week seminar, held at the University of Cambridge, July 20–July 25, at which each fellow will make an oral but ultimately publishable presentation of findings and ideas
Fellows will be encouraged to write and publish news stories, editorial pieces, or magazine articles at the end of the program, contributing to a more informed public discussion of the relationship between science and religion.

The fellowship has two administrative offices, one in New York and one in Cambridge, UK.

apply online http://www.templeton-cambridge.org/how_to_apply/