Astronomy and astrophysics, as most on this list know, are giving us a dramatic new, evidence-based perspective on our place in the universe. The astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists who stare into space, literally, are the agents of humanity’s ancient longing to know where we live and how we got here.

So, the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships program at MIT is staging a three-day workshop on the fundamentals of these fields for journalists, especially those who work for general interest media. This will be the first in an annual series of Kavli Science Journalism Workshops, funded by major gifts from the Kavli Foundation and Fred Kavli.

This workshop will teach the basics of what is known–from our solar system out to the farthest reaches of the universe. Then we’ll delve into new discoveries about such things as extra-solar planets, black holes, galactic nuclei, dark matter and dark energy. And, of course, we’ll find out what is currently thought about the original moments of the universe. Finally, you’ll hear about some of the most exciting new telescopes being developed to see farther in space…and further back in time.

Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors or producers and must have at least five years full-time experience in journalism. Preference will be given to staffers at news organizations. Applicants may be from any country. If selected, we will reimburse you for up to $500 of your travel expenses to Cambridge and pay for your hotel room and most meals. The Workshop begins with a dinner on the evening of June 25 and runs through June 28. Participants are required to attend all sessions.

Application materials must be received no later than April 16. Selections will be announced by May 15.

For further information and to download an application, please visit