Funded by the NZ SeaRise programme. Researchers from NZ SeaRise are working to improve sea-level rise projections for New Zealand so we can better anticipate and manage future impacts. We invite applications for any projects concerned with sea level rise in New Zealand.
Funded by QuakeCoRe. QuakeCoRE is transforming the earthquake resilience of communities and societies through innovative world-class research. We invite applications from projects showing how current research is helping to create an earthquake resilient New Zealand.
Funded by EQC. EQC is on a mission to reduce the impact of natural disasters on people and property, and ensure New Zealanders are living in stogner homes on better land, and have access to natural disaster insurance. We invite applications on how New Zealand homes and homeowners can become more resilient to natural disasters. Stories with a science/business/consumer focus are welcome.
Funded by Te Pūnaha Matatini. Te Pūnaha Matatini – ‘the meeting place of many faces’ – is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland that will develop methods and approaches for transforming complex data about New Zealand’s environment, economy, and society into knowledge, tools, and insight for making better decisions. What do you want to write about? CRISPR? Mātauranga Māori? Another contemporary issue in science today? We invite applications on topics of strong interest and relevance to the public of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Funded by our PressPatron supporters (thank you!) and the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize. This open call is for any science-focussed stories. Priority will be given to new journalists and freelance science communicators and journalists.
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