About the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 

The Bulletin equips the public, policymakers, and scientists with the information needed to reduce man-made threats to our existence.

As an independent media organization, the Bulletin uses free articles on its website, a premium digital magazine, iconic Doomsday Clock, and public events to advance actionable ideas at a time when technology is outpacing our ability to control it. The Bulletin focuses on three main areas – nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies – with the driving belief that because humans created these issues, it’s our duty to control them.

We gather the most informed, influential, and diverse voices tracking man-made threats and bring innovative thinking to a global audience. We apply intellectual rigor to the conversation and do not shrink from alarming truths. With smart, vigorous prose, multimedia presentations, and information graphics, the Bulletin puts issues and events into context and provides fact-based debates and assessments.

For more than 75 years, the Bulletin has bridged the divides between scientific advancement, global security, and public engagement. The Bulletin is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Position Description

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will appoint editorial fellows this fall in two coverage areas: climate change and biosecurity. Editorial fellows will have one-year terms, during which time they will be expected to write four (4) articles or columns (i.e., about one article or column per quarter). The fellows will be paid a $750 honorarium per article or column, for a potential total of $3,000. These will be non-resident appointments, i.e. fellows can write for the Bulletin from anywhere. Fellows will not be employees of the Bulletin. These one-year fellowships are renewable, upon excellent performance. Because the Bulletin is an international publication, fellows need not live in the United States.

Fellows will receive close attention from Bulletin editors, who will help them hone their skills in writing high-concept magazine journalism for the Bulletin's large general audience. Fellows will agree to help with promotion of their work for the Bulletin and to include their affiliation with the Bulletin in those promotional efforts, which may include interviews with other media organizations.


Prospective Editorial Fellows should have interest in international relations and existential risks. (Research experience in either of two Bulletin coverage areas, climate change and biosecurity, is not required but would be a plus.) They should have an established record of publishing quality journalistic or academic work.

The Bulletin’s Editorial Fellows Program is part of an organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion designed to promote a greater variety of viewpoints and lived experiences on the Bulletin’s platform. Underlying the Bulletin’s commitment is a powerful practical reality: A more diverse group of authors who write regularly for the Bulletin will improve the quality and the impact of our journalism.

If the Fellows Program sounds like a good fit for you, please send your résumé, a cover letter, and up to three published samples of your writing to the email linked below ([email protected]); please type “editorial fellow” in the subject line. Your cover letter is an important part of the application package. It should explain your experience, your writing abilities, and your understanding and interest in the issues that we cover. Elegantly.

The application deadline for editorial fellows is August 31, 2022.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition, disability, veteran status, union membership or activity or any other basis protected by law.