Berkeley SciComm Fellows Application Opens on Jan 11!

Berkeley Scicomm Fellows Application Opens on Jan 11!

As a Berkeley SciComm Fellow, you will learn facilitation skills and receive training to lead two different science communication workshops, Science Storytelling and Public Speaking. You will then have opportunities to run these workshops for the UC Berkeley community – and get paid for your time!

Fellows will participate in training sessions during Spring 2021 in preparation for leading workshops starting in Summer 2021. All trainings and workshops will be held on Zoom and will be interactive through the use of chat windows and breakout rooms. Future workshops can be held in-person when health regulations permit.

Up to 12 Berkeley SciComm Fellows will be selected. Applications from all UC Berkeley graduate students are welcome!

The application form will open on January 11, 2021. Applications will be due by January 22.

The application will ask you to:

  • Please explain why you want to become a Berkeley SciComm Fellow (300 words or fewer).
  • Please share how you think this experience will benefit you in your professional pursuits (if you have not covered that already in the previous question; 150 words or fewer).
  • Please briefly summarize any previous science communication experience or training you have that you’d like to share (note that prior experience/training is not required; 150 words or fewer.)

If you have any questions, please contact Berkeley SciComm Fellows Trainer Sara ElShafie (

Responsibilities of Fellows, Time Commitment, and Stipend Amounts

ResponsibilityTime CommitmentWindowStipend Amount
Participate in one online training session to learn facilitation skills and program logistics.2 hoursFebruary 2021$50
Shadow at least one online science communication workshop (Science Storytelling and/or Public Speaking) to learn the workshop content and assist with facilitation.Minimum 2 hours
Maximum 4 hours*

*Fellows can shadow up to two workshops if they wish to learn both subjects. Each workshop is 2 hours.
March – April 2021$50 per workshop Up to $100*

*Fellows who shadow both workshops will earn $100.
Co-lead at least one online science communication workshop during the academic year with another Fellow. Workshop leaders are responsible for coordinating their workshops (scheduling, email announcements, setting up registration, etc.).Minimum 3-4 hours* (at least one 2-hour workshop plus 1-2 hours per workshop for planning and preparation)

*Fellows can co-lead up to two workshops per academic year (Maximum ~8 hours).
Summer 2021 –
Spring 2022
$200 per workshop Up to $400*

*Fellows who co-lead two workshops will earn $400.

Workshop logistics

Workshops will be held online via Zoom through Summer 2021. Workshops can transition to an in-person format when health guidelines allow, but Fellows may also continue to offer some workshops over Zoom in the future if they wish. Both of the workshops (Science Storytelling and Public Speaking) are designed to be held either online or in person.

Fellows from the 2021 cohort who complete the first year of the program will have the opportunity to continue running workshops in successive academic years, and will be invited to develop new workshops if interested. Continuing Fellows will also have the paid opportunity to train future Fellows.

If you have any questions, please contact Berkeley SciComm Fellows Trainer Sara ElShafie (

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