Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Fellowships and Awards

CASW supports and honors science writing with several fellowships and awards.

The Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting

The deadline for nominations for the Cohn Prize is July 31. The honoree receives an award of $3,000, a certificate, and travel expenses to attend the award ceremony at the annual banquet of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and the National Association of Science Writers. More information . . .

New Horizons Traveling Fellowships

CASW offers Traveling Fellowships, of up to $1,200 each, to cover the costs of attending the New Horizons in Science briefings. The fellowships are intended primarily for U.S. journalists from publications and broadcast outlets that do not routinely cover major science meetings or employ a full-time science writer. CASW also assigns a veteran science writer to each fellow to serve as mentor and to help ease his/her way through the program. More information . . .

Contact Diane McGurgan for details.

McGrady/Allard Travel Grants

CASW occasionally makes funds available to aspiring science journalists (including those in graduate science writing programs) to help underwrite the costs of travel to other major science meetings. 

Income from the Patrick McGrady/Leo Allard Fund, which was established as part of a bequest to CASW from the American Tentative Society, supports the enterprise. McGrady, (now deceased) and Leo Allard played key roles in the evolution of ATS, a not-for-profit organization that for three decades (until its dissolution in 1994) served to promote public understanding of science and the scientific process.

Contact Diane McGurgan for details.

Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships

CASW awards fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. graduate-level science writing programs to help defray the cost of tuition. 

The fellowship honors the memory of Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of the American Tentative Society, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of the Associated Press, who served as ATS's longtime president. Awards of $5,000 are available to fellows selected on the basis of a national competition.

The application deadline for 2014 is MARCH 21. More information. . .