Health beyond the headlines

The 2×2 Project Wants YOU

Apply by February 20 for the Communication in Health and Epidemiology Fellowship

The Fellowship

The Communication in Health and Epidemiology Fellowship (CHEF) at Columbia University is a 1-year, cooperative educational opportunity for students interested in learning about the theory and practice of communicating health information to the public in a hands-on manner. Fellows work intimately with editors of our online and print media to pitch, edit, and write content for these venues. The program combines formal training in health communication in the form of didactic lectures, workshops, and networking events along with formal work experience. Applications for Cohort 3 are due by midnight ET February 20, 2014.

The Fellows

The fellows are students at or recent graduates of programs at Columbia University. Fellows are interested in public health, have strong backgrounds in science (broadly defined, including social as well as natural sciences) and excellent writing skills, as well as the demonstrated ability to work independently, and in collaboration, respond constructively and promptly to feedback, and they are active consumers of health and news media. Each year’s cohort includes four fellows. The Fellowship year starts on June 1 and ends on May 30.

The Training

All fellows engage in, and learn how to pitch articles and commentaries effectively, synthesize topical scientific discussion into compelling narratives for wider public conversation, and understand the logistics, strengths, and limitations of web and print publishing. In order to achieve these aims, our program involves a combination of: 1) real-time mentoring and support, 2) hands on experience with production, editing, and writing, 3) opportunities to provide mentorship to others (“learn one, do one, teach one”), 4) didactic lectures and workshops with professionals in both science and journalism, and 5) networking opportunities with both scientists and journalists.

The Responsibility

We expect that Fellows dedicate 15-20 hours per week to fellowship-related work and learning experiences. Fellows work directly each other, staff writers, and the Editor-in-Chief. Fellows’ day-to-day responsibilities include contacting and working with authors, editing submissions, and writing and/or researching pieces for publication. Fellows are expected to attend and actively participate in weekly think tank-style meetings (IdeaLab), and to complete assignments in a timely manner. Each Fellow is awarded a stipend of $7,500. Fellows on federal training grants may have different work requirements and/or stipends.

The Application

Applications must include the following in a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV
  • An 800-word commentary on a current, compelling public health issue in the style of commentaries we publish on the2x2project
  • Mock tweet promoting the commentary
  • Mock Facebook post promoting the commentary

For questions or more information about the fellowship, please contact fellowship director Dana March (


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