Scholarship Description: For the year 2019, The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is calling applications for Science Journalism Fellowships of up to €5k. Fellowships are available for international students.

The aim of the fellowship is to promote excellence in geoscience reporting.

Scholarship Provider: EGU, the European Geosciences Union, is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It was established in September 2002 as a merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG) and has headquarters in Munich, Germany. It is a non-profit international union of scientists with about 15,000 members from all over the world. Membership is open to individuals who are professionally engaged in or associated with geosciences and planetary and space sciences and related studies, including students and retired seniors.

Degree Level: Fellowships are available to Journalists to pursue research.

Available Subject: The fellowships enable journalists to report, in any European language, on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences, with successful applicants receiving up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects.

Scholarship Benefits: The EGU may award single or multiple fellowships, with a total of up to €5000 allocated between the selected candidates. The award is not to function as a salary or to cover applicant’s wages, but rather to fund all or partial expenses related to their projects. The award can, for example, cover travel-related costs, such as flights and accommodation, as well as expenses related to video, audio or photography. Winner(s) will receive part of the award in advance and part upon successful completion of their project(s). If required, they will also receive assistance in liaising with scientists. In addition, winner(s) will be invited, with travel expenses paid up to €1000, to attend the EGU General Assembly following completion of their projects to discuss their experience following scientists on location.

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Eligible Nationalities: Fellowships are available for international students.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

EGU Science Journalism Fellowships differ from other science journalism prizes. Rather than awarding a published piece of science reporting, the EGU funds innovative proposals to report on geoscientific research not yet in the public sphere. The award offers journalists the opportunity to follow geoscientists on location and to develop an in-depth understanding of their research questions, approaches, findings and motivation. The aim of the fellowship is to promote excellence in geoscience reporting.

We are now inviting proposals from professional, active journalists to report on ongoing research within the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Competitive proposals will: (1) focus on a topic in the geosciences (including planetary and space sciences) with potential broad public appeal and within the remit of EGU’s scientific divisions, (2) outline an original, well-informed approach to the subject, (3) and feature leading Europe-based researchers and/or have European relevance.

Application Procedure: Applications must be written in English and include the three criteria given above for competitive proposals. Two documents are required:

(a) A proposal (2 pages): a working title, motivation, outline of approach, provisional plan of work, and suggested publication outlets. This document must also include a detailed budget and an outline of the feasibility of completing the project on schedule and with the budget requested.
(b) A summary of experience (1 page): an account of professional affiliations, previous experience, expertise and acclaim.

Documents in a file (a) should not include the applicant’s name, gender, contact details, or any other information that identifies the candidate, as this part of the application will be judged anonymously.

To apply, interested journalists must fill in the online form, where applicants can upload the two PDF files (a) and (b), by 6 December 2018. Submissions by this deadline will be evaluated by a committee comprised of practising geoscientists and science communicators. The EGU will inform applicants of the competition outcome in January 2019.

Online Application

Scholarship Link

Deadline: December 6, 2018


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