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January 23, 2020

Pacific Science Center: Science Communication Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: February 18, 2020 for Spring 2020 Program

Since 2007, Pacific Science Center’s core Portal to the Public effort, the Science Communication Fellowship Program, has provided local STEM-based professionals with training and ongoing opportunities to engage with the public about their work.

Fellows begin by taking a multi-week Science Communication Course to improve their skills in effectively engaging public audiences. This course:

  • Offers practice in techniques for discussing complex topics
  • Helps to refine key messages related to each Fellow’s area of expertise
  • Supports the development of hands-on activities related directly to each Fellow’s area of work

After completing the course, Fellows participate in public engagement programs at Pacific Science Center, including Meet a Scientist.

Tuition for the science communication course is $2,000 and is typically paid with funds from the participant’s employer, department, or lab. If you need information to include in a request for such funding, please contact Partial or full scholarships are sometimes available.


New Fellows are accepted through a competitive application process two to three times per year. Any individual who holds a bachelor’s degree, uses STEM in their work, and is located in the Puget Sound region is eligible to apply. Occasionally, acceptance is limited by research topic and/or institutional affiliation due to funding arrangements. Any such restrictions are clearly listed on the application for a cohort.

For more information about this opportunity, click here. To go directly to the application, click here.