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The Communication Fellows Program

Now accepting proposals for the 2023 cohort of Scripps Communication Fellows

In 2018, the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication launched the Communication Fellows Program. Focusing on curriculum development in communication across PK-12 levels of instruction, the fellowship offers graduate-level professional development credit, project support and generous stipends. We seek to increase interaction and collaboration between PK-12 faculty and higher education faculty who share mutual interests in communication-related instruction.

We define communication broadly to include but not be limited to:

  • Social media use and consequences
  • Use of communication technology in classrooms by students
  • Teaching approaches to using communication technology
  • The Internet of Things
  • Audio podcasting
  • Digital video creation and editing
  • Journalism
  • Photography
  • Digital design
  • Public speaking
  • Health communication
  • The structure of the internet
  • Information/news literacy
  • And much more 

Up to 10 fellows will be named each year, representative of rural Appalachian districts and urban districts in the state of Ohio. Applicants for the PK-12 Communication Fellows Program must respond the call for proposals (below) no later than Feb. 17, 2023. Those selected for the fellowship will be notified by March 3, 2023.

Program Benefits                                

Communication Fellows are named yearly in the spring and receive the following support and opportunities:

  • $1500 stipend   
  • $1000 classroom stipend                  
  • Announcements to local and regional media outlets publicizing the award    
  • Three-day summer residential experience, July 12-14, on Ohio University’s Athens campus with concentrated instruction focusing on new communication technologies and teaching methods
  • Paid room and board during residential experience, with additional hotel accommodations available on July 11 if required due to travel distance
  • Free tuition for a 4-credit hour online class from our roster of graduate certificates 
  • Monthly check-ins online and onsite by college leadership      
  • Networking opportunities with faculty working in your field              
  • Potential additional classroom support

Request for Proposals

Applicants should develop a 3-4 page, single spaced 12 pt.-font proposal addressing the following questions. Proposals should be sent electronically (PDF preferred) to April Koska ( no later than 5 p.m. on February 17, 2023. A cover letter is not required.  

  1. Contact Information    
  2. Complete personal contact information: your mailing address, telephone and email.  
  3. School name, address (please include county) primary telephone number, website (if applicable) and principal’s name and email address.  
  4. Primary media/newspaper outlet(s) covering the school and, if applicable, the community in which you reside (if different from the school district).    

Your Background         

  1. Describe your educational background, including degrees awarded.   
  2. Describe your teaching experiences, including positions held, locations, etc.  
  3. What would you like to learn more about through the course of this fellowship?           

Your School and Students  

  1. Describe the community in which your school is located. This could be very brief or, depending on the unique circumstances of your community, could involve some additional background information.  
  2. Also describe your school, including the general characteristics (demographics, cultural, etc.) of the student population served.        

Your Project     


  1. Provide a 100-word (max) summary of your project.                 
  2. Identify specific objectives you want to accomplish with your project, including explanation/justification as needed. 
  3. Describe the resources needed to accomplish your project. Those resources could be training, financial, or other types of support. We plan to provide up to $1,000 as a classroom stipend. This section should explain how those resources will be used and should describe any other sources of funding/support that may be leveraged (e.g., other professional development funds from your school, other grants, etc.) to support your project. Matching support is not required, but if available, will help us better understand the scope of what you propose.      
  4. What will it take to sustain your project for future years/iterations? Are there ways you can potentially expand your project/innovation to other teachers?  
  5. In 100 words or less, please describe how you think this project will have impact with your students.  
  6. Describe how you will assess this program’s success. Please list any data you may collect to aid in this analysis and improve your project throughout the year.