Apply for Science Media SAVVY
Entry to Science Media SAVVY workshops is by selection. There is usually high demand for the 12 available places in each SAVVY workshop.
After the closing date, we review applications with the aim of assembling a well-balanced group of participants across a range of research fields, experience levels and research organisations. We also consider potential media interest in the topic or area of expertise proposed, and motivation for wanting to join the workshop.
Successful applicants for the workshop will be:
- Currently active researchers, in any field, employed in New Zealand
- Able to identify a research project or area of expertise of potential interest to media
- Experienced with media and/or likely to encounter media interest in future
- Highly motivated to strengthen their communication skills and confidence levels
Course fees for the two-day workshop are $595 +GST (subsidised by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). Additional needs-based funding support is available. For full details, see below.
If you have any questions or encounter difficulty filling in the form below, please contact
Auckland -- 16-17 April 2020
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 MARCH 2020
Christchurch -- 4-5 June 2020
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 APRIL 2020
Wellington -- 27/28 August 2020
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 JULY 2020
Auckland -- 12/13 November 2020
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 OCTOBER 2020
Please select the date and location you are applying for
Auckland- 16/17 Apr
Christchurch- 4/5 Jun
Wellington- 27/28 Aug
Auckland- 12/13 Nov
Position and department
Contact phone number
Give us a quick summary of your research area and focus (100 words or less)
Thumbnail sketch of project / expertise
Give us a short, sharp overview of the research project you’re working on -- or topical area of expertise -- that is of most potential interest to media (100 words or less). You will continue to develop this idea over the course of the workshop.
What kind of public outreach do you do as a scientist / researcher?
What is your level of prior media experience? (Check all that apply)
None at all
I've given an interview or two
My research has attracted headlines
Have experienced a media ‘frenzy’ firsthand
Sporadic contact with media
Fairly frequent media exposure
Regular contributor to a column / broadcast slot
What types of media have you appeared in or contributed to? (Check all that apply)
Community / local
News / Current affairs
Call-in / Talk-back / Live chat
Documentary or series
Social media / Twitter
Motivation for place on course
Why are you interested in a place on this media training workshop? What do you hope to gain from it, and how might you plan to apply the skills you acquire?
Apply for a fee waiver
Funding support from the SMC covering full course fees is available for two places in each workshop. This is open to researchers at any career stage based on need. Candidates must be active researchers working in New Zealand, and able to articulate how they plan to apply the skills they gain on the course. Established and early career researchers lacking access to professional development funds are especially encouraged to apply. >>>> Do you wish to apply for funding support?
No -- (Proceed to "Submit" button below)
Funding applicants only
Are there any particular circumstances, achievements or plans for the future that you would like to highlight in support of your funding application?
If support unavailable
If your application for funding support is not successful, do you still wish to be considered for a place on the course?
Yes, I would like to be considered for a place
No, I will not be able to attend
After clicking 'SUBMIT' below, please send us a CV (showing recent publications, if applicable) to complete this application. Email to
with the subject line 'Science Media SAVVY - CV'
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