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Applications Open for the Hook, Line & Science Communication Fellowship

Deadline: May 3rd at 5 p.m. Eastern.

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Credit: David Hugo.

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North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications for the 2024 Hook, Line & Science Communication Fellowship until 5 p.m. ET on May 3, 2024. This fellowship will provide a current or recent graduate student from a North Carolina college or university with a one-year opportunity to communicate fisheries science to anglers and the public through North Carolina Sea Grant’s award-winning Hook, Line & Science series.

Since 2018, North Carolina Sea Grant fisheries specialists Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio have curated content for Hook, Line, & Sciencepublishing more than 240 lay-friendly summaries of research of interest to saltwater anglers for the popular weekly series.

“This fellowship will provide great experience for a science communicator to work through a well-established platform,” says Baker. “Hook, Line & Science reaches tens of thousands of readers annually, online and in print, through a wide variety of outlets.”

For the past year, Maya Afilalo has served served as the Hook, Line & Science Communications Fellow.

“The fellowship was a wonderful opportunity to apply and further hone my skills in writing about research,” Afilalo says. “I enjoyed learning about a range of topics in which I had little initial expertise. The experience has piqued my interest in pursuing a career in research communications.”

Baker and Mirabilio strongly encourage applications from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from graduate students who can demonstrate how their interests can benefit underserved and underrepresented communities. Information about North Carolina Sea Grant’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility is available here.

Mirabilio says the $3,000 fellowship will start in June and run for one year.

“The Hook, Line & Science Communication Fellow will look for research articles of interest to anglers and use a template to create lay-friendly summaries of the work,” she explains. “The fellow’s writing also will be eligible for publication in the award-winning Coastwatch magazine.”

Each applicant will provide a writing sample tailored for Hook, Line & Science. More information and application instructions are here.