Congratulations to our latest Career Grant recipients

This spring, the National Association of Science Writers awarded over $15,000 to 13 enterprising science writers in the fourth round of our Career Grants program. Since its inception in 2009, the program has distributed over $84,000 to help established science writers advance their careers.

The program awards grants of up to $2,500 each to support education, training or other activities that help established science writers continue or advance their careers in today's rapidly changing media environment. All established science writers, whether freelancers or employees of publications, universities, or other organizations, are eligible to apply. Projects proposed should primarily benefit the applicant as an individual rather than the employer. The size and number of grants in each round depends on specific proposals received. Award monies are derived from funding that NASW receives from the Authors Coalition.

Career Grant Recipients Spring 2012

  • Adrianne Appel, freelance, $2,500 for the purchase of professional audio gear for expansion into radio

  • Adam Aston, freelance, $1,500 for the purchase of professional digital audio and camera/video gear and related training

  • Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times, $1,000 for travel related to a book on earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

  • Francesco Fiondella, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, $1,166 for attendance at the Columbia Journalism School’s Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling

  • Jennifer Freeman, freelance, $700 for two courses to enhance digital media skills for freelance environmental writer

  • Jayne Iafrate, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, $2,395 for attendance at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Multimedia Storytelling Five-Day Boot Camp

  • Joely Johnson Mork, freelance, $395 for attendance at a workshop in creative nonfiction

  • Naomi Lubick, freelance, $2,000 for multimedia training

  • Tim Lougheed, freelance, $500 for two-day trip to clinical research facility in Sherbrooke, Quebec

  • Prashant Nair, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, $2,250 for attendance at a Poynter Institute training seminar

  • Stephanie Ogburn, freelance/High Country News, $712 for the purchase of digital video camera

  • Mary Patyten, California Department of Fish and Game, $600 for attendance at an online magazine writing bootcamp and advanced writing workshop

  • Norm Sperling, Journal of Irreproducible Results, $253 for the purchase of slide scanner and microphone

Total awarded in this round: $15,971

Career Grant application rounds are offered as demand and funding allows. A future round of Career Grants is not yet planned.