World Federation of
Science Journalists

IDRC–SciDev.Net Sci.Journalism Award 09

SciDev.Net proudly announces its third IDRC–SciDev.Net Science Journalism Award and seeks applications from journalists in all developing countries. The award consists of a six-month assignment giving the recipient an invaluable opportunity to enhance journalistic experience. This demonstrates SciDev.Net’s commitment to build capacity in science communication across the developing world.

We invite all English-speaking journalists with an interest in science reporting and its impact on decision-makers in developing countries to apply for the award. The recipient will receive a six-month assignment with SciDev.Net, consisting of four months based in SciDev.Net's London office and two months travelling in one or more developing countries.

The assignment will run from October 2009 for six months (subject to visa).

All travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses will be covered by the award.

Candidate requirements
  • a keen interest in science and technology, particularly relating to development;
  • a good level of written and spoken English;
  • currently employed as a reporter with a national newspaper, magazine or website;
  • a background in science journalism is desirable but not essential; and
  • have the support of their employer in undertaking the assignment
The candidate must be available to take the internship in a six-month block between October 2009 to the end of March 2010.

Please note that the assignment is a full-time commitment during this period.

Application procedure

Please download the attached application form and complete all relevant sections. Please also append the following information with your application:
  • a CV;
  • two references;
  • two recent writing samples; and
  • a letter of support from your editor.
Contact details

Please email applications to

The closing date for applications is 11pm GMT on 24 August 2009.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date. If you have not heard from us by 4 September 2009 please assume you have not been successful.

About SciDev.Net

SciDev.Net (Science and Development Network) provides authoritative online news, opinion and analysis about the role of science and technology in addressing the economic and social needs of the developing world.

About IDRC

IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works closely with researchers from the developing world in their search for how to build healthier, more equitable and more prosperous societies. Further details about IDRC can be found at:

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