Astrobiology focuses on the search for life beyond Earth. A core mission of the UC Santa Cruz Astrobiology Initiative is to effectively communicate the science and ethics of this field. The science communication component of the UC Santa Cruz Astrobiology Initiative involves training science communicators to cover the science, ethics and policy of astrobiology.

The Astrobiology Initiative will provide annual funding to support a UC Santa Cruz Science Communication graduate student fellowship. The fellowship will provide up to $20,000 to support tuition expenses for scholars to attend the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program; scholars will focus their capstone Science Notes project on an astrobiology topic in consultation with the directors of the Astrobiology Initiative and Science Communication Program.

The application period for academic year 2020-2021 has ended. Check back soon for future opportunities.

Our first Astrobiology Science Communication Graduate Fellow is Zack Savitsky. She began the Science Communication Program Fall 2021. Read more about him here.