UT Energy Journalism Fellowship

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 UT Energy Journalism Fellowship.

To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must complete and submit this form by October 31, 2018.

The Fellowship is designed to give an energy journalist the opportunity to work on a long-form energy writing project of their choosing in proximity to the University of Texas at Austin’s 300+ renowned energy experts.  The one-year Fellowship is sponsored and hosted by the university’s Energy Institute.

The term of the 2019 Fellowship is January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.*

As an Energy Journalism Fellow, recipients are expected to take full-time residence at UT Austin and should not hold other jobs concurrently.  Under the official title of “Research Fellow” recipients will earn an annual salary of $65,000 with benefits as authorized by the Texas legislature.  Fellows also will have a travel budget of $3,500 to work on their book or other project, will be issued a laptop computer for the duration of the Fellowship, will have full library and internet access, and will be provided a workspace at the Energy Institute.

During the term of the Fellowship, recipients are expected to list their affiliation as an Energy Journalism Fellow at UT Austin for publications and speaking engagements.

While the principal goal of the Fellowship is to serve as a sabbatical that provides recipients time to work on their writing project without the pressure of daily deadlines and other burdens, the Fellowship does require recipients to fulfil certain obligations.

As a rough guideline, about one half-day each week will be dedicated for Energy Institute and School of Law projects, with the remainder reserved for Fellows’ research and writing.

Under the university’s application process for the 2019 Fellowship, candidates must:

  • Be recognized as a credentialed journalist with a solid body of published work in energy / environmental science;
  • Have 10 or more years’ experience working for a prominent regional, national or international news outlet;
  • Submit a detailed outline or treatment of a major work in the field of energy / environmental science, such as a book or screenplay;
  • Be willing and able to take a year off from current position; and
  • Agree to fulfil obligations during one-year Fellowship (details below).

Candidates must agree to fulfill the following commitments during the Fellowship:

  • Give two to three guest lectures each semester to classes in Journalism and other schools / departments
  • Deliver a presentation during the Thursday evening UT Energy Symposium guest lecture series in the Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semester
  • Speak at the Energy Institute Advisory Board meeting (April 2019 or October 2019)
  • Speak during the UT Energy Journalism Workshop (September 2019) and help identify energy journalists to invite to Workshop
  • Speak or moderate a panel at UT Energy Week (February 2019)
  • Advise on strategies for enhancing visibility of Energy Institute in the news media
  • Advise faculty/staff about possible white paper topics
  • Attend periodic staff meetings

*Due to a revised schedule, the term of the 2019 Fellowship is negotiable.

For more information about the Fellowship, please contact Energy Institute Communications Director Gary Rasp at grasp@energy.utexas.edu or 512-471-5669.