March 4: Deadline to Apply for Age Boom Academy 2016

Age Boom Academy 2016

The Future of Work and Retirement: June 9-11, 2016

Fellowships for Journalists

The deadline to apply was Friday, March 4, 2016; applications are now closed.


Journalists from around the United States are invited to apply for fellowships at the Age Boom Academy, an advanced training institute on the economics and science of aging, jointly sponsored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center.  The 2016 Academy will present leading experts on aging, work and retirement and will include senior journalist facilitators. The Academy will be conducted from Thursday evening, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, at Columbia Journalism School in New York City.

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65, with ramifications for every institution. The 2016 Age Boom Academy will explore the science of work and retirement. Who can afford to retire? Is it reasonable in this time of rising longevity to increase the retirement age? How would later retirement affect different people—groups with lower life expectancy or those who do physical labor? How do employers handle their aging workforces? How do older adults wish to spend their post- retirement years?

Reporters, editors and producers in all media (print, broadcast and online) will explore these questions together with diverse scientists, economists and other leading experts.  This program is designed both for local/regional reporters and national correspondents covering aspects of aging, work, and retirement. Freelancers as well as staff reporters are encouraged to apply.  Approximately 20 fellows will be selected.  The fellowship covers travel, lodging and attendance fees.  The deadline to apply for fellowships is Friday, March 4, 2016.  For more information, visit

Begun in 2000 by Dr. Robert N. Butler and Jack Rosenthal, the Age Boom Academy educates journalists about the complex economic, health and social implications of an aging society. Nearly 200 journalists have participated in Age Boom Academy since its inception.  The 2016 Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Depicted below are our Age Boom Academy 2015 fellows.