Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2012

Call for applications for science journalism fellowships

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is offering fellowships for journalists to report on ongoing research in the geosciences. Successful applicants will receive up to €5k to cover expenses related to their projects, including following scientists on location.

 The EGU invites proposals from professional, active journalists to report in the working media on ongoing research within the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. Competitive proposals will (1) focus on a topic in the geosciences (including planetary and space sciences) with potential broad public appeal, (2) preferably feature leading Europe-based researcher(s), and (3) outline an original, creative, and well-informed approach to the portrayal of the subject.

The winning proposal(s) will receive up to €5K (part as an advance, part upon successful completion) to cover expenses related to the project, and assistance in liaising with scientists. This support is intended to allow the EGU Science Journalism Fellow(s) to follow geoscientists on location and to develop in-depth understanding of their questions, approaches, findings, and motivation. It is expected that the winning journalist(s) will publish at least one substantial item reporting on their project. Products could include text (such as a feature article in print or electronic media, or a book), still or moving visuals, or audio reportage, and may be published in any European language. The winning project must be completed within 12 months of the date of the award. The EGU will not claim revenues from products resulting from the project, but should be given full access to these products for further dissemination via its online channels.

Applications must be written in English, and include:
(a) Proposal [2 pages]: a working title, motivation, outline of approach, provisional plan of work, suggested publication outlets, and analysis of feasibility (including budget).
(b) Summary of experience [1 page]: an account of professional affiliations and previous experience, expertise, and acclaim.

Documents in file (a) should not include the applicant’s name, gender, contact details, or any other information that identifies the candidate, as this part of the application will be judged anonymously.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail in two pdf files [(a) and (b) above] to the EGU Media and Communications Officer, Bárbara Ferreira (media@egu.eu), by *November 12*. Applications by this deadline will be evaluated by a committee comprised of practicing geoscientists and science journalists. The EGU will inform applicants of the competition outcome in December, and the winner(s) will be invited to attend the EGU General Assembly in Vienna in April 2013.

*More information*
The European Geosciences Union (EGU, http://www.egu.eu) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It is a non-profit interdisciplinary learned association of scientists founded in 2002. The EGU has a current portfolio of 14 diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open-access format, and organises a number of topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 10,000 scientists from all over the world. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, energy, and resources.

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*Contact*
Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Officer
Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-2180-6703
Email: media@egu.eu
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