For general editorial fellowships, the application period is now closed. Interested in applying for the general editorial fellowship? The next term begins February 2016. Check this page starting in September for application instructions and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


What is the Grist Fellowship Program?

The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your knowledge of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional office chili cook-off.

What is expected of the fellows?

Fellows will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and multimedia experiments. Working closely with the fellowship program manager, each fellow will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

What are the details?

Fellows work out of Grist’s Seattle office. Fellows must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,250 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

Who should apply?

Any curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a storyteller. We are looking for writers, reporters, and editors, as well as all-stars in fields such as video, audio, and data visualization. Our primary subject areas are climate and energy, food, cities, science and technology, pop culture, and environmental justice. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism. As stated at the top: For general editorial fellowships, the application period is now closed. The next term for general fellowships begins February 2016. Check this page starting in September for application instructions and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Current fellows

Madeleine Thomas

Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Madeleine Thomas

Senior fellow and Baltimore native, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad, obsessed with David Bowie
@madeleinetwnsnd

Suzanne Jacobs

Spring 2015

Suzanne Jacobs

Physics enthusiast, wildlife admirer, aspiring time traveler
@SuzanneJacobs89

Ana Sofia Knauf

Spring 2015

Ana Sofia Knauf

Angeleno-turned-Seattleite, U of Washington journalism grad, self-proclaimed foodie
@asknauf

Clayton Aldern

Fall 2015

Clayton Aldern

Climate governance hawk, Rhodes Scholar, adamant Minnesotan
@compatibilism

Past fellows

Eve Andrews

Spring & Fall 2014

Eve Andrews

Associate editor and Steel City girl, on the reproductive rights and pop culture beats
@eefandrews

Sara Bernard

Fall 2014

Sara Bernard

Wilderness junkie, globetrotter, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad
@saralacy

Sam Bliss

Fall 2014

Sam Bliss

Life lover, budding ecological economist, endorphin enthusiast
@theblisspoint

Amber Cortes

Spring 2014

Amber Cortes

Adventurer, journalist, class clown
@uneverknowradio

Samantha Larson

Spring 2014

Samantha Larson

Science nerd, adventure enthusiast, roaming reporter
@samantson



The fellows’ fine work

Food

This is what a more sustainable American food system looks like

There’s someone in every state in the nation who’s breaking the status quo when it comes to food. Meet them all in our interactive map.

Special Report

The Cost of Clean Coal

A Mississippi power plant promises to create clean energy from our dirtiest fuel. But it will come at a price.

Special Report

Half-Shell Hero

How the humble oyster is reviving a regional economy and helping to heal one of America’s great wild-food factories.