DEADLINE: Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships

Event Date: 
March 15, 2021

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) annually awards Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in U.S. graduate-level science writing programs to help defray the cost of tuition and other program-related expenses. The fellowship honors the memory of Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of the American Tentative Society, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of AP, who served as ATS's longtime president. Awards of $5,000 are available to fellows selected on the basis of a national competition. Science writing is defined as writing about science, medicine, health, technology and the environment for the general public via the mass media.

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 and intention to pursue a career in writing about science for the general public. Fellowship funds are to be used to enable the student to complete requirements of the graduate program. They are not to be applied to fund an internship. Past recipients have used their fellowships to help cover tuition and fees, living expenses, equipment, and travel.

Applicants must be accepted by at least one institution prior to the fellowship application deadline; however, a final decision about enrollment is not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time. Most fellowships cover the first full year of study. Applicants who are already enrolled should provide evidence that they have a full year of study remaining to acquire a master's degree or graduate certificate.

Deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Members of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and media professions are encouraged to apply.

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