Science writers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to apply for regional travel fellowships to attend ScienceWriters2018, a conference to be held Oct. 12-16 in Washington, DC.
The travel grants will enable up to 12 science writers from the region to join their U.S. colleagues at the annual conference, which combines professional development workshops organized by the National Association of Science Writers with the New Horizons in Science research briefings presented by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. ScienceWriters2018 will be hosted by George Washington University.
Fellowship applications may be submitted through July 17 using this online form: https://casw.submittable.com/submit/117630/sciencewriters2018-international-travel-fellowships
Supporting science journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean was a special goal of WCSJ2017, which included a day-long preconference workshop and travel fellowships sponsored by the Mexico-based Fundación Ealy Ortiz. The 2018 fellowships are intended to continue to support networking and professional development throughout the region and to strengthen ties between associations in the U.S. and elsewhere in the hemisphere.
During the call for proposals for ScienceWriters2018, organizers welcomed several proposals for sessions with a regional emphasis. As a result, this year’s conference will feature sessions focused on the Amazon and writing for Hispanic audiences, as well as a preconference workshop offering skill-building for international freelancers.
Fellowship applications may be submitted by anyone who writes, edits or produces science news, information or commentary for the public in Latin America and the Caribbean; teaches science journalism; or is a member of a World Federation of Science Journalists member association, and who would be unable to attend ScienceWriters2018 without financial assistance. English language fluency is required. Applicants should plan to submit samples of their work, a resumé, and at least one letter of recommendation.
The grants will cover economy airfare, ground transportation, visa application costs, four nights’ hotel accommodation, and complimentary registration for the NASW workshop program. An additional subsidy for meals, incidentals, and field trips may be provided based on demonstrated need. Conference organizers will reserve hotel rooms; other covered expenses will be reimbursed by CASW.
A fellowships committee will review applications and notify recipients of the travel fellowships by the first week of August, when organizers will open online meeting registration and publish the program for ScienceWriters2018. Fellows will be expected to register promptly and apply immediately for travel visas if needed.
The fellowship funds were made possible by cost savings from the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, held in San Francisco in October 2017. NASW and CASW organized the conference in collaboration with the World Federation of Science Journalists. Thanks to generous sponsorship support, the organizers were able to award 72 professional and 22 student travel fellowships to support international attendance at WCSJ2017, including 11 David Perlman Travel Fellowships funded by $40,000 in donations collected by U.S. science writers.