Taylor/ Blakeslee University Fellowships

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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Grant amount: US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 25, 2021

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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About this funder:



The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers fellowships of $5,000 to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in graduate-level programs in science writing.

Science writing includes writing about science, medicine, health, technology and the environment for the general public. 

The fellowships are underwritten by a grant from The Brinson Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic organization devoted to supporting educational, public health and scientific research programs, and by funds derived from a special bequest to CASW from the American Tentative Society, which, for three decades, played an important role in promoting public understanding of science and the scientific process. The fellowships honor the late Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of ATS, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of Associated Press, who served as its longtime president.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Students must have an undergraduate degree and must convince the CASW selection committee of their ability to pursue a career in writing about science for the general public.
  • CASW welcomes anyone who can show good writing skills and interest in science journalism to seek these fellowships.
    • Journalists with at least two years of mass media experience are particularly invited to apply.
    • This can include work on a college newspaper, or other journalistic experience involving reporting in any field.
  • Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


  •  Fellowships are not available to those intending to pursue careers in technical writing.