Laura Van Dam Fellowships: Stay tuned for update

Travel Fellowships: Applications due February 23-Deadline will be EXTENDED. Stay tuned for changes and details. You may wish to hold off on submitting your application until the updated call is issued next week.

An updated announcement, with extended deadline, on the details of the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships for travel to the World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 will be issued around March 2, pending final details of the conference given historic events in Egypt.

The National Association of Science Writers invites applications for the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships to this summer's meeting of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Cairo, scheduled for June 27-29, 2011.

Ten fellowships, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded in memory of past NASW President Laura Van Dam, who died in 2006. Laura was a strong supporter of this organization's commitment to international science writing and, in fact, helped organize the group's first meeting in Montreal in 2004. Our goal is not only to encourage ties between NASW and the World Federation as a way of helping the development of our craft around the world, but also to give the selected Van Dam fellows a chance to pursue story opportunities in Egypt and the region, especially at a time when travel budgets are tight for many writers. We are also pleased that through the hard work of our international liaison, Deborah Blum, and others, NASW is content partner for this exciting world conference.

General information and a preliminary program for the Cairo meeting can be found at www.wcsj2011.org. The conference is scheduled for June 27-29, 2011, and the travel grant is designed to subsidize roundtrip airfare, registration, travel insurance, and contribute to lodging costs. Monies will be distributed only upon submission of travel receipts post-meeting.

Those who would like to be considered for a Van Dam fellowship should send a resume and a letter combined into a one PDF file, which explains:

How this trip would fit into the kind of reporting you are now doing What stories you might do in Egypt or the Middle East that cannot be done here and potential markets for them. What you hope to get out of attending the conference itself Attach the single PDF to an email and send to director@nasw.org NO LATER than Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. Include "Van Dam Fellowship" in the subject line.

Successful applicants will be notified by March 10, in time for WCSJ's early registration discount. Please note that awardees are responsible for all of their own travel arrangements, including acquisition of necessary visa and other passport documentation. See details from the U.S. State Department: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1108.html. Awardees are strongly urged to secure personal travel insurance.

To learn more about the meeting, see www.wcsj2011.org. If applications warrant, NASW may choose to distribute more than ten awards.

Feb. 22, 2011

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