Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Graduate school fellowships

Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers fellowships of $5,000 to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in graduate-level programs in science writing.

Journalists with at least two years of mass media experience are particularly invited to apply. This can include work on a college newspaper, or other journalistic experience involving reporting in any field. CASW welcomes anyone who can show good writing skills and interest in science journalism to seek these fellowships.

Students must have an undergraduate degree and must convince the CASW selection committee of their ability to pursue a career in writing about science for the general public.

Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or long-time residents.

Science writing includes writing about science, medicine, health, technology and the environment for the general public. Fellowships are not available to those intending to pursue careers in technical writing.

The fellowships are underwritten by a grant from the Brinson Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic organization devoted to supporting educational, public health and scientific research programs, and by funds derived from a special bequest to CASW from the American Tentative Society, which, for three decades, played an important role in promoting public understanding of science and the scientific process. The fellowships honor the late Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of ATS, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of Associated Press, who served as its longtime president.

Current and past recipients

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THE 2014-15 DEADLINE FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED.  APPLICATIONS FOR FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE 2015-16 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL MARCH 29, 2015.

You may apply:

ONLINE. Submit your application at http://casw.submittable.com/submit. Note that you will be asked to upload a resume, writing samples, a statement, description of the science-writing program you are entering, and at least one letter of recommendation.

BY MAIL. Please provide THREE sets of the following items, collated and stapled.

  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Samples of your writing
  • A statement, not to exceed 500 words, of your career goals and why you want to be a science writer
  • Description of science-writing program you are entering and a list of courses to be pursued. (Please note: If you have been accepted by more than one program and have not decided which to attend, please describe each course of study you are considering. Do not list programs to which you have not been admitted. The online application can be saved and revised before submission.)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher/someone who knows you.

Please send mailed application materials to:

CASW Rennie Taylor/Alton Blakeslee Fellowship Program
P.O. Box 910
Hedgesville, WV 25427