Applicants must be professional science journalists, writers, editors, or producers with at least three years experience. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have significant prior scientific research experience. A basic knowledge of biological principles and methods is advantageous, but is not essential.

Journalists who previously participated in the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Environmental Hands-On Research Course, and vice versa.

Applicants from underrepresented sectors are strongly encouraged. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply. If accepted into the program, foreign nationals must hold or obtain a visa to enter the U.S.