Funded by New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. Aotearoa now has an ambitious goal to become predator free by 2050. What does this mean for Māori communities and how does it fit with a Māori worldview? Preference will be given to stories focusing on mammalian predators.
Funded by the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ). Efforts to broaden participation in science and smash outdated stereotypes about “what a scientist looks like” have gained momentum in recent years. We invited projects that focussed on diverse communities involved in creating science.
Funded by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre. In New Zealand, emissions from agriculture account for about half of all our greenhouse gases. We welcomed applications that explored the topic and reduction opportunities, and particularly encouraged applications that include use of innovative media such as video and infographics.
Funded by Antarctica New Zealand to explore Antarctica’s past and what it can tell us about the future. Its unique biology provides an early warning system for environmental change, and the icy continent drives the global climate system.
Before completing the official application form, please read the following Guidelines for Applicants. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
General information that includes:
Project description that includes:
Samples of professional work:
Note that it is not required that the submitted pieces be related to science. We suggest submitting your highest quality work.
Details of supporters:
The application will require: Name, title, email address, and phone number of one referee who is familiar with your work and can recommend on your abilities and potential as a journalist.
You will also need to upload a letter of support from a media outlet. There is a template available for this purpose.
If you work at an established media outlet:
If you are self-employed/independent/freelance:
*See section below on information for partner media outlets
Note: Both freelance applicants and applicants in salaried employment as journalists will be eligible for grants to cover research and travel expenses. If funding is required to support a journalist’s time researching and preparing stories for the media, priority will be given to freelance applicants, unless a salaried journalist can demonstrate that the story or stories they plan to work on would not otherwise be possible.
The Science Journalism Fund’s success depends on the quality and relevance of its funded projects, but also on the ability of the partnering media outlet to deliver an audience for the project content. We, therefore, expect your supporting letter as a publisher, editor, manager or producer to include the following:
Template text for letter of support
To be submitted on the supporting media outlet’s letterhead. Additional words of support for the project are welcome, but please be sure to include everything below.
Science Media Centre’s Desk Guide for Covering Science