To submit a letter on behalf of a candidate, please select "Letter of support."
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 Diane McGurgan.
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The application window for the 2016-17 academic year has now closed. Applications for fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year will be accepted through March 19, 2017.
For more background on the Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships, see this page.
If you are a recommender wishing only to submit a letter in support of an applicant, please use the Letter of Support form.
Journalists with at least two years of mass-media experience are particularly invited to apply. This can include work on a college newspaper or other journalistic experience involving reporting in any field. CASW welcomes anyone who can show good writing skills and interest in science journalism to seek these fellowships.
Students must have an undergraduate degree and must convince the CASW selection committee of their ability to pursue a career in writing about science for the general public.
Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Science writing includes writing about science, medicine, health, technology and the environment for the general public. Fellowships are not available to those intending to pursue careers in technical writing.
To apply online fill out the form on the next page and upload:
- Samples of your writing
- A brief letter of recommendation from a teacher or someone who knows you. (Alternatively, the recommender can submit the letter using the Letter of Support form.)
As Mark Twain put it: "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead."
Questions? Contact Diane McGurgan.
Now in its 27th 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 the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco in October 2017.
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.
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 2017 Award will be limited to those applicants whose 31st birthday is July 1, 2017 or later.
Applicants may submit a single article or series, or up to four individual pieces. Articles must be published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, 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 applications and submissions must be received by June 30, 2017.
The award will be judged by a panel of science writers and scientists selected by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and the Clark/Payne Fund. The award will be announced by August 30, 2017.
How to Enter
You may access the nomination form after you create an account and click "Create Account and Continue" below.
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 2012. 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.
- 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.
Applicants and nominees should not use this form to submit materials.