Undergraduates: Apply for an NASW Travel Fellowship to AAAS 2018

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) is once again sponsoring travel fellowships for undergraduate students interested in science writing, to attend the upcoming American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Up to 10 students will receive $500 to $1,000 in expense reimbursement for travel to AAAS, Feb. 15-19, 2018. Graduate students are ineligible for this travel fellowship.

Application deadline is Dec. 15, 2017.

The world's largest general science society, AAAS holds a major annual meeting that draws leading scientists from all disciplines. Hundreds of U.S.-based 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 mentor during the conference. Fellows will attend scientific sessions of their choosing and each write a related news article that will be edited by senior science writers and published on the NASW website.

See stories written by previous fellows at http://bit.ly/1KGIF6h

Only currently enrolled undergraduates are eligible for these travel fellowships. Graduate students will not be considered. Students may be pursuing any major, but preference will be given to those who have published articles about science in student newspapers, online outlets or elsewhere. Successful applicants must join NASW as student members by Feb. 1, 2018, to be eligible to participate in the program. To register as a student member, go to https://www.nasw.org/join.

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

To apply for the NASW Travel Fellowship, complete the form below and include a writing sample as a URL or copy-and-paste by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Dec. 15, 2017. Winners will be notified by Dec. 30.

NOTE: NASW also will hold a mentoring program and an internship fair for student science writers, including travel fellows, at AAAS. Travel fellows will be automatically paired with a mentor. Please indicate below on your fellowship application the type of mentor you would like to have.

Be on the lookout for more information about the internship fair, which will feature editors from top magazines, research institutes, national labs and other science communication outlets.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Czerne Reid & Ashley Yeager
Co-chairs, Education Committee
National Association of Science Writers

Questions? Email mentor@nasw.org

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English Proficiency *
Are you currently an undergraduate student? *
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Personal email (Must be different from your school email address): *
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Write an original statement of interest, no longer than 1500 characters, with spaces, describing why you would value the opportunity to attend the AAAS meeting as an NASW travel fellow, and how the program would help you meet your career goals.
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Provide a sample of your science writing. This may be a news story or a profile of a scientist. A URL OR A COPY-AND-PASTE OF NO MORE THAN ONE PAGE IS REQUIRED.
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