UT Energy Journalism Fellowship

The application process for the 2019 UT Energy Journalism Fellowship has closed.

We are pleased to announce the awarding of the 2019 Fellowship to two outstanding reporters, Eliván Martínez Mercado and Asher Price.

Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals!

The 2019 Fellowship will be split into two phases; Eliván Martínez Mercado, an investigative journalist who writes for Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, has been awarded the first of the two fellowships. Eliván’s Fellowship term will run from mid-January through mid-July 2019.

During his time on campus, Eliván will be researching and writing a book about Hurricane Maria and the toll of the storm’s devastation on the island of Puerto Rico. The book will recount the story of those who died in the aftermath of the disaster, as well as the failure of the island’s power grid and ensuing efforts to privatize and rebuild Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure.

The second 2019 Fellowship has been awarded to journalist and author Asher Price, who covers energy, the environment and state politics for the Austin American-Statesman. Asher will be on the UT campus from July – December 2019. During his time at UT, Asher will be researching and writing a book tracing the long and storied relationship between energy and religion in America.

The Fellowship is designed to give an energy journalist the opportunity to work on a long-form energy writing project 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.

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 earn an annual salary of $65,000 with benefits as authorized by the Texas legislature.  Fellows also will have a travel budget to work on their book or other project, are issued a laptop computer for the duration of the Fellowship, have full library and internet access, and are 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.