Scientific Storytelling Fellowship


Osa Conservation invites applicants to the 2022 Rainforest Science and Conservation Fellowship in Scientific Storytelling.

We are seeking innovative and ambitious early career and graduate level communicators who are interested in researching the next big topics in tropical ecology, restoration, conservation and the best ways to tell the story of habitat and biodiversity conservation. If you want to live and work at our Osa Conservation Campus for 6 months in the heart of Osa Peninsula’s rainforest, in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region, then we want you to apply.

The selected fellow will:

  • Produce cutting-edge stories at the heart of Costa Rica’s ancient rainforest. In the face of rapid climate change and biodiversity loss, hundreds of community members, local leaders and international stakeholders fight to connect the rainforest from Ridge to Reef and protect the unparalleled wildlife of the Osa Peninsula.
  • This fellow will guide the production, documentation and promotion of this story. Develop field production skills, conduct cross-cultural interviews, document wildlife and conservation work first-hand, and create long-form products that will shed light on the value of rainforest connectivity at scale. 
  • Work alongside the Osa Conservation team  including National Geographic Explorer Dr. Andrew Whitworth, PhD researchers and conservationists from around the world, and our media and communications crew. Our work has been published in National Geographic, BBC, Mongabay, Vanity Fair, La Nación, The Tico Times, and more.

The Osa Conservation Campus

Fellows will live at our Piro Biological Research Station in the Osa Peninsula. Located about 1 hour from the nearest town, the biological station  is uniquely positioned to inspire and equip early career scientists. At the OC Campus, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research, extraordinary landscapes and conservation technology fuse to create an elite field site. 

Nestled in the heart of the Osa Peninsula, the surrounding geographic and biological uniqueness makes this an exceptional place to conduct research and tell conservation stories. The peninsula is a global biodiversity hotspot, with over 400 species of birds, 140 mammals, 115 amphibians, 500 trees and 6,000 insects, and exceptionally high levels of endemism and rarity. Fellows should expect to be visited by troops of endangered spider monkeys during breakfast, spot Red-capped Manakins grazing on fruits and White-lipped peccaries chowing on sweet potatoes in the gardens surrounding visitor cabins, and be joined by river otters on afternoon dips in the pristine Piro river.

Within a single location, the OC Campus allows one to explore a diverse array of ecosystems including mature and secondary lowland and premontane forests, coastal and marine ecosystems, mangroves, lagoons and rivers. The campus boasts over 28 km of maintained trail system and a sprawling arboretum of over 301 species of rare, endangered and endemic trees.

Fellows will be immersed not only in a unique geographical setting, but also in an outstanding scientific community of local and international conservationists, biologists, media-specialists, educators and community outreach leaders. The team is led by renowned tropical ecologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Andrew Whitworth, Executive Director of Osa Conservation and Associate Researcher at University of Glasgow. Dr. Whitworth and the OC team of 20+ conservation practitioners and scientists.


The fellowship is valued at $12,000 and the 6-month fellowship starts in March 2021; the exact start date is flexible (earlier start dates will be given preference).


The fellowship provides funding for:

6-months of room and board, including 3 meals/day 

Equipment and supplies needed to complete fellowship activities

International travel to Costa Rica and domestic travel to the OCC

Monthly stipend to provide for personal expenses

Health and accident insurance while at OCC

6-month visa and all permits to conduct research

Applying is easy! 

Please send your CV, a 1-page story proposal, and a short video* explaining why you are the best person for the fellowship (maximum 1 minute and 30 seconds) to Lucy Kleiner [[email protected]]. Please include “Scientific Storytelling Fellowship” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is 7 February, 2022

*Make sure the security settings on your video allow anyone with the file to access and share it.