World Federation of
Science Journalists

IDRC Nature Science Journalism Award

The International Development Research Centre and Nature, the leading international scientific journal, are pleased to announce a competition aimed at fostering scientific reporting skills and experience for an English-speaking Canadian journalist still at an early stage of his or her career.

Up to $60,000 will be available for travel, living expenses and administrative costs for the winner of the IDRC Nature Science Journalism Award. It is aimed at either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has at least three years experience as an English language journalist either in print, the broadcast media or online. The successful applicant will work in the London, England office of Nature starting in Spring 2009. The winner will attend the World Conference of Science Journalists in summer 2009, and will also spend between two to four months in one or more developing countries as a science reporter.

Nature’s editorial team will provide advice, training and support suited to the award winner’s skills and intentions in order to help him or her get everything possible out of the opportunity. The intention is that the award will lead to a substantial body of work to be published by Nature. This could include work online, in print, in podcasts or all of the above.

Applicants will be evaluated according to their current abilities and perceived promise; previous work on scientific topics and a proven interest in development issues will be taken into account. Every candidate should provide samples of his or her work, a CV and a covering letter as well as an outline of particular topics he or she would wish to cover in the field – a proposal, as it were. A clear and compelling plan for the use of reporting time will be rated very highly.

Applicants should contact Oliver Morton, Chief News and Features Editor of Nature, by February 20, 2009.
Email o.morton@nature.com with IDRC Nature Award in the subject line.