Knight Science Journalism

Part of the STS program includes the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships, the leading fellowship program for science and technology journalists in the world.

In 1981 major grants from the Mellon and Sloan Foundations enabled the creation at MIT of what was then called the Vannevar Bush Science Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1987, when the Program received a long-term operating grant from the Knight Foundation, it was renamed the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum became director on July 1, 2015.

Each year, eight to twelve journalists and media experts in science and technology are selected as Knight Fellows through a competitive process. During their academic year at MIT, they interact with STS faculty and students with the common objective of increasing public understanding of science and technology.