Want to attend a conference or class to advance your science communication career but lack the budget to cover the costs? The Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA) is here to help. We’re accepting applications for two Career Development Awards of up to $1,000 until June 15, 2017. Note: the deadline has passed.

The awards will be given to print, broadcast, or online science communicators who have a primary residence in the states of Washington, Oregon, or Idaho to defray the expenses of attending a training, conference, or class* related to the professional development of science communicators. Expenses may include registration fees, tuition, reasonable meal costs, travel, and lodging.

The educational event must be held between July 15, 2017 and July 14, 2018. Funds must be used by no later than July 14, 2018. Recipients must submit an invoice with original expense receipts up to $1,000 within two months of the event to receive award funds. Recipients must also submit a one-page written meeting report for publication on the NSWA website or present on their experiences at an NSWA gathering coordinated with the NSWA board of directors.

Applicants must be members of NSWA at the time of application. The completed application must be submitted via Google Form (see below) and email by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on June 15, 2017. A subcommittee of the NSWA board of directors will serve as the awards committee. Applicants will be notified of the results by July 1, 2017.

Send questions to the awards committee at awards@nwscience.org.

Submit all application materials by 11:59 p.m. June 15, 2017 via Google Form and email to the NSWA Awards Committee
 at awards@nwscience.org

(Recipients will forfeit their NSWA award if they subsequently receive another travel grant for the same conference or meeting.)

*Examples of meetings covered by this award
: AAAS Annual Meeting (February), Health Journalism/AHCJ (April), Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop (May), Science Writers/NASW/CASW (October-November), American Medical Writers Association (October-November).


To be eligible for the career development award, applicants must submit:

  • Completed application
  • Letter of interest. Include a brief discussion of your current work or position and a statement about how the particular meeting is important for your career development (no more than one page single-spaced)
  • Resume (email to awards@nwscience.org)
  • Work Samples: Include at least two samples of your recent published work. This may include an article, editorial, column, essay, cartoon, photograph, link to video or audio file, websites, or other communications media. Please provide access to either PDF or URL (email to awards@nwscience.org).