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. There is $5,000 available in this theme.
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 Efforts to broaden participation in science and smash outdated stereotypes about “what a scientist looks like” have gained momentum in recent years.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 invite projects that focus on diverse communities involved in creating science. There is $5,000 available in this theme.
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’re looking for ideas that explore the topic and reduction opportunities, and particularly encourage applications that include use of innovative media such as video and infographics. There is $3,700 available in this theme.
Funded by Antarctica New Zealand. Antarctica’s past can tell us about the future. Its biology provides an early warning system for environmental change. The icy continent drives the global climate system. There is $3,600 available in this theme to fund a story or stories that feature New Zealand research in Antarctica.
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