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In previous years, NSWA has awarded $1,000 each for two of its members to travel to professional conferences or attend classes. Due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NSWA has been disbursing this funding to members through mini-grants to take advantage of specific, remote career development opportunities, such as attending an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) data visualization workshop or the Science Talk conference.

The next opportunity is hosted by The Writers’ Co-op, a business podcast and handbook for freelance writers, which is leading a mastermind support group for freelance writers who are also parents.

As part of our Career Development Awards, NSWA is sponsoring one member to attend this mastermind. The first Monday of the month for three months, starting April 5, this small group of freelance writers will meet to discuss the unique challenges of freelancing as a parent—and receive additional support and private coaching.

If you are a freelance writer and a parent looking for support, we welcome you to apply for this opportunity.


In order to qualify for this opportunity (a $400 value), you must be a current NSWA member and a full-time freelance writer and a parent. Those who served on the NSWA board or received a career development award between 2019 and 2021 are not eligible.

Make sure you check the details and dates of the mastermind:

Freelance Writers and Parents Mastermind

(Get information on how to join or renew NSWA membership and the benefits that come with it. Anyone interested in reporting or communicating about science, health, the environment, and technology is welcome to join.)

To Apply

To apply, please complete this form AND email your updated resume to The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you have questions about the Career Development Awards program or about submitting an application, please contact Thank you for your interest!