Student science writers: Apply now for an NASW Travel Fellowship to Chicago

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) is once again sponsoring travel fellowships for undergraduate students interested in science journalism, to attend the upcoming American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Chicago. As many as 10 students will receive $500 to $1,000 in travel expense reimbursement for attending AAAS, which will be held Feb. 13-17, 2014.

The world's largest general science society, AAAS holds a major annual meeting that draws leading scientists from all disciplines. Hundreds of American and international science writers from magazines, newspapers, radio, TV and web cover the event.

NASW's education committee will select fellows and pair each one with a veteran writer for mentoring during the conference. Fellows will attend a scientific session of their choosing and write a related news article that will be published on the NASW website.

See stories written by previous fellows.

Only currently enrolled undergraduates are eligible for travel fellowships. Students may be pursuing any major, but preference will be given to those who have published articles about science in student newspapers or elsewhere. Successful applicants must be active student members of NASW by Feb. 1, 2014 to participate in the program. To register as a student member, go to and scroll down to the "Become a member" section.

Fellows will make their own travel arrangements to Chicago and submit their receipts for reimbursement after the meeting.

To apply for the NASW Travel Fellowship, complete the form below and email it to with the subject line “APPLICATION: NASW STUDENT TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP TO AAAS 2014” and the required writing sample as an attachment or url, by 11:59 p.m. PST Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Winners will be notified by Dec. 9.

Note: NASW also will hold an internship fair for young science journalists, including travel fellows, at AAAS. Be on the lookout for more information about the fair, which will feature editors from top magazines, research institutes, national labs and other science communication outlets.



Mailing address:


Cell phone number:



Minor (if any):

Expected graduation date:

Faculty reference (give the name and contact information of a professor who is willing to discuss your qualifications, if needed):

Describe any journalism experience you have outside of the classroom (e.g. school newspaper, internships):

Describe any of your classes or extracurricular activities that reflect your interest in science or science communication:

Write an original statement of interest, no longer than 250 words, describing why you would value the opportunity to attend the AAAS meeting as a travel fellow funded by NASW, and how the program would enhance your developing career goals:

Provide one sample of your science writing, up to 750 words long. You may include a URL or PDF file of a clip previously published in a school newspaper or other outlet, or unpublished work that meets one of the requirements below, as an attachment:

  1. A profile of a scientist at your school. It should describe the person's research goals and methods, as well as why he or she finds the work important or fascinating. Whereas the profile can include the researcher's background, a premium should be placed on clearly and accurately describing the science he or she is conducting. The style should be journalistic; imagine trying to place this story in the school newspaper or alumni magazine. Please provide the researcher's contact information as well.

  2. A news story based on a scientific lecture or presentation by a university researcher or visiting scientist. This is not intended to be a coverage of a class lecture; the talk covered should be one given to a wider audience, whether the full university or a specific department, and the story should place the researcher's latest work in context. This story may require that you interview the researcher after the talk. Please provide the time and date of the talk and the researcher's contact information.

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