Applications are open for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Science Journalism Fellowships 2022. The EGU Science Journalism Fellowship is an annual competition open to professional journalists interested in reporting on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences.
EGU Science Journalism Fellowships differ from other science journalism prizes. Rather than awarding a published piece of science reporting, the EGU funds innovative proposals to report on geoscientific research not yet in the public sphere. The award offers journalists the opportunity to follow geoscientists on location to develop an in-depth understanding of their research questions, approaches, findings and motivation. The aim of the fellowship is to promote excellence in geoscience reporting.
They invite proposals from professional, active journalists to report on ongoing research within the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Competitive proposals will:
- Focus on a topic in the geosciences (including planetary and space sciences) with potential broad public appeal and within the remit of EGU’s scientific divisions.
- Outline an original, well-informed approach to the subject.
- Feature leading Europe-based researchers and/or have European relevance.
- The EGU may award single or multiple fellowships, with a total of up to €5,000 allocated between the selected candidates.
- In addition, winner(s) will be invited, with travel expenses paid up to €1,000, to attend the EGU General Assembly following completion of their projects to discuss their experience following scientists on location.
- Open to professional journalists interested in reporting on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences;
- They encourage journalists to take gender balance into account in the group of geoscientists they suggest interviewing for their stories.
- The winning journalist(s) should publish at least one substantial item reporting on their project(s). Products could include text (such as a feature article in print or electronic media, or a book), radio stories, video/multimedia or photo features, and may be published in any European language.
- They encourage candidates to choose a combination of traditional publications and social media, blogs and multimedia outlets for their stories.
- The winning project(s) should be completed within 12 months of the date of the award.
Applications must be written in English. Two documents are required:
- A proposal (2 pages): a working title, motivation, outline of approach, provisional plan of work, and suggested publication outlets. This document must also include a detailed budget and an outline of the feasibility of completing the project on schedule and with the budget requested.
- A summary of experience (1 page): an account of professional affiliations, previous experience, expertise and acclaim.
The proposal should not include the applicant’s name, gender, contact details, or any other information that identifies the candidate, as this part of the application will be judged anonymously.