Our peer coaches are practicing scientists and engineers first and foremost. We train them rigorously to offer high-level conversations with their peers about technical communication. We focus as much on the Fellow experience as we do our clients’.
If you become a Communication Fellow, you will…
- Work <5 hours/week for the Communication Lab
- Receive $2-3K/year to learn communication skills, coach your peers, and design other communication resources for your department
- Participate in a year-long training (9 sessions x 2 hours each)
- Be mentored by your manager and experienced Fellows
- Receive regular feedback on your own communication and coaching
- Have access to ample professional development opportunities
- Learn to design and run hands-on workshops and other educational resources for your peers
- Take the lead on projects that excite you, with support from Communication Lab staff
How to become a Communication Fellow
In participating departments, we solicit applications to become Communication Fellows once a year, just before spring break. Here’s what you can expect from the application process:
- Write <500 words about why you want to become a Communication Fellow and what you would like to bring to the program
- Request permission from your PI to join the team, if accepted
- Interviews by invitation to discuss your interest in the program and assess your approaches to communication and coaching
Since launching in 2013, the Commmunication Lab has graduated 57 Communication Fellows. Alumni Fellows now apply their skills in a wide spectrum of careers: from start-ups and science journalism to educational roles and industry research. Alumni report that the extensive training and experience in communication, education, mentorship, and leadership that they receive through the Communication Lab have been essential to their success beyond their PhDs and postdocs.