Open Civic Science Fellow Positions, 2021–22 Cohort

June 17, 2021

We are excited to be in the process of announcing positions in the next cohort of Civic Science Fellows, which will launch in September 2021. As positions in the 2021–22 Civic Science Fellows cohort are posted, they will be added to this page while open for applications.

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, in partnership with the Kavli Foundation invite applications for a Civic Science Fellow to focus on ethics, science, and society addressing issues in ethics of using new life sciences technologies in the development and use of neural (or brain) organoids. As this area of science continues to emerge and the ethical issues become more pressing, it is critical to engage relevant aspects of the public. The Fellowship will attempt to identify the pathway to responsible creation and use of neural organoids that accounts for and incorporates public perception and input of the ethics and policy implications of the technology. The application deadline is Aug. 20, 2021. Read the full description.

Science News

Science News Media Group seeks a Civic Science Fellow to examine how young people engage with news of science, medicine and technology, and to develop new media products to meet the needs of these audiences. For 18 months, the Fellow will be embedded in the digital team of Science News, collaborating with journalists from the publication along with its sister, Science News for Students, and colleagues at Society for Science, the parent nonprofit organization for Science News. The Fellow will help to answer a key question: How can we better engage with young people through science journalism, particularly those historically underrepresented in science, including people of color and those in low-income urban and rural areas? Read the full description.

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. In close collaboration with the Aspen Institute and Coda Societies, the Civic Science Fellow will co-design and co-manage “Our Future Is Science”, an initiative designed to spark passion, confidence, and curiosity about science for high-school-aged Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) for 18 months. The priority deadline for applications is August 9, 2021. Read the full description.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The APLU Civic Science Fellow will draw on leaders from across research engagement initiatives to identify leading approaches and metrics to support, advance, and assess faculty contributions to research based on its impact or degree of public engagement, advancing a commitment to addressing the rewards system for public engagement with a comprehensive and systemic approach. Critical to this effort are language, models, and approaches that acknowledge the ways in which diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are or are not evidenced in publicly engaged work. Preference will be given to applications received by August 12, 2021. Read the full description.

National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) / Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL), Arizona State University

The Barbara Gill Civic Science Fellow, with support from the Dana Foundation, will focus on public engagement in the ethics of emerging research and development in neuroscience. With the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) Changing Brains initiative and the Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL), the Fellow will work closely with collaborators and experts to define innovative and important directions for neuroscience public engagement; develop and test pilot engagement formats in partnership with other informal science institutions; identify productive directions for future, national-scale work; and develop pathways to policy-maker engagement related to public engagement in this area of science and technology. The application deadline is August 20, 2021. Read the full description.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers, is seeking a Civic Science Fellow to investigate the needs and priorities of scientists and policymakers at the state level and determine the skills and knowledge required by scientists to successfully engage with the public policy process. The Fellow will develop practical communication and engagement experience, acquire empirical data, and expand Sigma Xi’s network of contacts in science, public policy, and communities. These experiences will enable the Fellow to develop a digital platform for fostering effective, sustainable collaborations between scientists and policymakers to address the needs of communities, initially within the state of North Carolina. The application deadline is July 30, 2021. Read the full description.

Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR)

CienciaPR’s Civic Science Fellow will help evaluate the impact of CienciaPR’s culturally relevant strategies across programs; understand how CienciaPR’s work can be a model to advance civic science; and strategize to increase its capacity to train more scientists in culturally relevant strategies and foster their civic participation. For the past 15 years, CienciaPR has been a leader in promoting the role of science and the public engagement of scientists in Puerto Rico, applying culturally relevant strategies across programs in science communication and outreach, K-12 education, professional development, and advocacy to put science in service of Puerto Rican society. Its work sits at the intersection of science, media, education, justice, equity, and inclusion. The application deadline is August 2, 2021. Read the full description.

Center for Science Communication Research (SCR), University of Oregon / US–UK Fulbright Commission

The US–UK Fulbright Commission in partnership with the Rita Allen Foundation is offering an award for an early-career UK journalist with a deep knowledge of science, and a passion for public engagement, to play a role in building public awareness of civic science. The 18-month award will be hosted at the University of Oregon’s Center for Science Communication Research (SCR). Over the course of the award, the fellow will pursue their own reporting on civic science for a variety of media outlets while working with colleagues at the SCR to source best-practice examples of civic science journalism and to establish a teaching framework that can be used for both university students and professional journalists. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m., August 1, 2021Read the full description.

Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The goal of this 18-month Civic Science Fellowship is to codify effective approaches to scientific visualization, and to gain a more thorough understanding of which design choices most significantly impact audience perception and interest in science topics. This work will involve designing studies and testing audiences by showing various different versions of data visualizations and asking for qualitative and quantitative feedback; performing data analysis on the study results; and presenting the findings; all in collaboration with the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL). This research position and visualization project is funded by The Brinson Foundation. The application deadline is July 30, 2021. Read the full description.

Open Research Funders Group (ORFG)

The ORFG is seeking a Civic Science Fellow to help develop, launch, and oversee an Open and Equitable Model Funding Program to address inequities in the research community. In collaboration with the Health Research Alliance, the ORFG has created the rough framework of the program, co-created from the ground up with traditionally underrepresented communities and based on principles of equity, social justice, and open research. The ORFG Civic Science Fellow will serve as the project lead for the program, collaborating with others to identify opportunities for intervention within funding programs and suggest strategies for optimizing them in ways that increase both openness and equity. The application deadline is July 28, 2021Read the full description.