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 is here to help. We’re accepting applications for two Career Development Awards of up to $1,000 until July 1, 2019.

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. The event must be held between July 15, 2019 and July 14, 2020. Funds must be used by no later than July 14, 2020. The grant can be disbursed in a maximum of two payments. One invoice with original receipts may be submitted prior to the event to cover expenses incurred in preparation, such as flights and registration fees, and a second and final invoice submitted within two months of the completion of the event, and should include any remaining expenses from the event, such as lodging and meals, for a combined total up to $1,000. 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.

Applicants must be members of NSWA at the time of application. The completed application (see below) must be submitted via email by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, July 1, 2019. A subcommittee of the NSWA board of directors will serve as the awards committee. Applicants will be notified of the results by July 15, 2019.

Send questions and application materials to the awards committee at

Submit all application materials by 11:59 p.m. July 1, 2019 via Google Form (below) and email to the NSWA Awards Committee

(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/May), Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop (May), Science Writers/NASW/CASW (October), American Medical Writers Association (October-November).


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

  • Completed application (see below)
  • 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
  • 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