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Science journalist/communicator scholarship 2005

28 April 2005

Science journalist/communicator scholarship 2005

Background

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and the British Council New Zealand are proud to offer a major scholarship for a New Zealand working journalist or science communicator to attend UK's biggest science festival later this year. The British Association's (BA) Festival of Science attracts 400 of the best scientists and science communicators in the world. This year the festival runs from 3 - 10 September at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. For more information visithttp://www.the-ba.net/the-ba/Events/FestivalofScience

About the scholarship
The scholarship will enable a New Zealand journalist or science communicator to attend the festival, as well as spending time with key UK science writers and commentators at an appropriate organisation such as BBC or the Guardian. The scholarship is worth $7,000.

The purpose of the Scholarship
This scholarship has been established to encourage New Zealanders working in the field of science communication to gain a greater understanding of science and to write and/or broadcast more stories about research, science and technology in New Zealand. It is hoped that this award will give them an international perspective of RS&T, help create linkages between New Zealand and overseas RS&T journalists and result in greater coverage of RS&T in the New Zealand media.

Criteria for applying for the scholarship:

The scholarship is open to any New Zealand citizen who is a journalist or science communicator working in New Zealand. Applicants are asked to state in their application:

- how they would personally benefit in terms of their career from winning such an award.
- what coverage they would be able to provide for New Zealand readers/listeners of the actual festival and other RS&T science issues in the UK.
- any particular issues that they might be interested in covering while in the UK
- what benefits they believe receiving this scholarship would have to improving science communication and the understanding of science generally.
- what coverage they currently provide of RS&T in New Zealand and what they or their organisation have planned for the future
- an outline of their career and where they see their future
- present examples of their work.

An application cover sheet should be attached to all applications

Applications close at 5pm on 3 June and should be sent to Peter Burke
Communications Manager
Foundation for Research, Science & Technology
PO Box 12-240
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND Phone (ddi): 04 917 7809
Mobile: 021 224 2184

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