Click the appropriate "Submit" button below to submit a nomination or application for a CASW prize or fellowship or propose a Science + Science Writing session for the annual ScienceWriters conference.

To submit a letter on behalf of a candidate for a prize or fellowship, please select "Letter of support."

Applicants may also submit supporting letters as part of a nomination or entry package.

The Clark/Payne Award and Victor Cohn Prize will be listed on this site when the nomination period for each award begins on January 1 of each year. The deadlines for those submissions are June 30 and July 31, respectively. The application period for New Horizons in Science travel fellowships opens on July 1 each year.

For additional details on fellowships and awards, visit the CASW website.

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is committed to improving the quality of science news reaching the public. Comprised of a panel of distinguished journalists and scientists, CASW develops and funds programs to help reporters and writers produce accurate and informative stories about developments in science, technology, medicine and the environment.

Questions? Contact Sylvia Kantor, sylviakantor@casw.org


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Now in its 30th year, The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award was created to recognize the contributions to journalism of both Ev Clark and Seth Payne.

The Award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The winner will receive $1,000 and expenses to attend ScienceWriters2019 in October 2019.

The award is given in memory of Ev Clark, a veteran journalist at Business Week, The New York Times, and Newsweek; and Seth Payne, his long-time friend and colleague at Business Week and a founder of the Award. It is designed to carry on the work of both men, who offered friendship and advice to generations of young journalists.

Rules

The award is limited to non-technical, print and online journalism. Articles published in newspapers (including college newspapers), magazines, newsletters and websites are eligible. Both freelancers and staff writers are eligible. (Books, as well as articles in technical journals and trade association publications, are not eligible).

Science writing includes, but is not limited to, writing in the biological, physical, environmental, computer, and space sciences, along with technology, mathematics, health, and science policy.

Entries will be judged on the basis of accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, resourcefulness, and timeliness.

Applicants must be age 30 or younger. The 2019 Award will be limited to those applicants whose 31st birthday is July 1, 2019 or later.

Applicants may submit a single article or series, or up to four individual pieces. Articles must be published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 but an entire series will be accepted if most parts are published between those dates. Applications may be submitted by the author or on the author's behalf. All entries must be submitted in English.

All applications and submissions must be received by June 30, 2019

Judges

The award will be judged by a panel of science writers selected by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and the Clark/Payne Fund. The award will be announced by August 30, 2019. 

How to Enter

You may access the nomination form after you create an account and click "Create Account and Continue" below.

Questions about the process? Contact Sylvia Kantor.

Eligibility: Anyone who writes, edits or produces science news, information or commentary for the public in Latin America and the Caribbean; teaches science journalism; or is a member of a World Federation of Science Journalists member association, and who would be unable to attend ScienceWriters2019 without financial assistance.

Deadline: July 21, 2019

All materials submitted must be in English, which is the language of ScienceWriters2019.

What’s Provided: The grants will provide full or partial support to cover economy airfare, four nights' accommodation during the conference, and reasonable ground transport. Fellowship recipients will receive complimentary registration for the NASW workshop day. (Registration for other conference events, except for field trips and one tour, is gratis.) An additional subsidy for meals, incidentals, and field trips may be provided depending on demonstrated need.

Details: The goal of the ScienceWriters2019 International Travel Fellowships is to continue to support science journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean and maintain connections throughout the hemisphere. This program is an extension of an initiative launched at the World Conference of Science Journalists in 2017. Sponsorship funds raised for WCSJ2017 were made available through conference cost savings, allowing fellowships to be offered again in 2018 and 2019.

Successful applications will make a clear and convincing case for how attending ScienceWriters2019 will benefit the applicant as well as the science writing community in the applicant's home country.

Applicants will be asked to upload a resumé, a statement of interest, and at least one letter of recommendation. We recommend that applicants read through the application below to prepare materials requested before applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

An asterisk (*) in the application form indicates that an answer is required.

CASW established the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2000. The prize, given annually, honors a writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the last five years which, for reasons of uncommon clarity, accuracy, breadth of coverage, enterprise, originality, insight and narrative power has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well being. 

Work appearing in digital media is eligible. If an entry includes work that cannot be submitted but must be viewed online, the nominee should arrange access for the judges and explain the arrangement in the submission form.

Editors, colleagues, scientists and others familiar with the candidate's body of work may proffer nominations. Individuals may nominate themselves, but are encouraged to send at least one letter of support from a knowledgeable colleague. Nominators may submit up to five examples of the candidate's journalistic endeavors, all published  or aired since January 2013. Books are not eligible. Letters of nomination should include an assessment of the nominee's body of work  along with a biographical sketch.

An account is required to submit. After you click "Create Account and Continue," you will be able to access the submission form.

For further information about the prize, see this page.

If you are a nominator or supporter wishing to submit only a letter in support of a candidate, use the Letter of Support submission form.

If you have been nominated in a previous year and would like to update your nomination materials, you may use this form to do so. In place of the nomination letter, simply enter text explaining that you are submitting an update.

SPECIAL NOTICE: In July 2016 CASW launched Showcase, an online collection of award-winning science writing. We expect the winner of the Victor Cohn Prize to allow us to include a sample of the winning work in this database or to assist us in securing the necessary permission to do so. See the "terms and conditions" section of the form for details.

Questions about the nomination process? Contact Sylvia Kantor.

This form may be used to submit:
  • a letter of support for a candidate for the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting (to submit a nomination package, please use the Victor Cohn Prize form)
  • a letter of support for a candidate for the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for a Young Science Journalist
  • a recommendation of an applicant for a Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowship or Taylor/Blakeslee Project Fellowship
  • a recommendation of an applicant for a New Horizons travel fellowship
  • The form accepts both uploaded documents and text entered on the page. To access the form, you will need to create an account.
For further information about deadlines, requirements for recommenders and nominators, and about the prizes and fellowships, see the CASW Fellowships and Awards page or contact Diane McGurgan.

Applicants and nominees should not use this form to submit materials.

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers traveling fellowships to cover the cost of attending the annual New Horizons in Science briefings for journalists, part of the ScienceWriters joint meeting. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in the day-long professional workshops sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers that immediately precede the briefing.

New Horizons fellowships are intended primarily for reporters from smaller metropolitan print and broadcast news outlets, freelancers and webcasters with a demonstrated interest in science writing. The maximum amount of the fellowship is $1,200. New Horizons fellowships provide only post-conference reimbursement for airfare, hotel nights for those attending the New Horizons in Science briefings, and ground transportation only. The level of support is based on travel costs for attendees from North American locations. 

Further details about New Horizons and the fellowships may be found on this page. If you do not have a Submittable account, press the "Create Account and Continue" button after entering your account information to access the online application form.

Applications are due August 15, 2019

International applicants, please note that the application for ScienceWriters2019 international fellowships is July, 21, 2019. 

A complete application must include:

  • A brief (no more than 500-word) expression of interest
  • A resume
  • No more than 3 samples of your print, broadcast or online work on any topic (transcripts or links are acceptable)
  • A nominating letter from a senior editor, news director or producer

You may either submit the nominating letter with your application or ask the nominator to submit it using the "Letter of Support" form on this submission site.

Questions? Contact Sylvia Kantor, sylviakantor@casw.org.

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