Fellowships for African journalists to attend a science reporting workshop in the UK [10-14 March 2019]

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is delighted to announce a sponsored science reporting workshop that will be held at UKRI’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (10-14 March 2019) in Harwell, UK’s major research centre, delivered by the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

The workshop’s overall objective is to strengthen African journalists’ skills in science reporting. Such reporting is an enabler of wider economic and societal development including evidence-based policy-making.

The workshop held over 4 days will cover basic science journalism training including a mix of presentations, science lectures and practical exercises, covering themes such as assessing scientific papers and data, fact checking and unbiased media coverage, looking for fresh and locally-relevant reporting angles, Mobile journalism skills, basic statistics training, etc.  Training also includes access to onsite researchers, field trips/site visits, welcome reception and evaluation.

The WFSJ will select up to 20 African journalists to attend this workshop. The submission deadline to apply is Thursday 22 November 2018 at 12 noon Eastern Time. The application form can be found here.

Eligibility: Anyone who actively writes, edits or produces science news, information or commentary for an independent media, is working as a staff member of such media or as a freelance journalist.

Details: Up to 20 participants from low- and middle-income African countries (as mentioned on the official DAC list) will be selected for attending the workshop. The primary focus is on journalists from sub-Saharan Africa, but applications from the Sahel or North Africa are not excluded. English proficiency is required. International diversity and gender balance will be considered in the selection process.

Costs covered:

  • Air travel (economy airfare) from closest capital
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport
  • Visa and health insurance fees
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • All workshop materials

Successful applications will make a clear and convincing case for how attending this workshop will benefit the applicant. Journalists will be asked to upload a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest as well as provide the name of a reference whom they will ask to send a recommendation letter.

Before applying, we recommend that you read first through the application information below to prepare materials as requested. An asterisk (*) in the application form indicates that an answer is required. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Project Partners

This project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) administered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and produced in partnership with the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

Process timeline

  • Thursday 1 November: Call for application
  • Thursday 22 November: Call Ends
  • Friday 14 December: Participants selected and confirmed.
  • Friday 1 March: Participants’ visa confirmed.
  • 11-14 March 2019: Workshop at the Harwell science campus, South Oxfordshire

If you have any further questions regarding this fellowship, please contact Anne-Marie Legault via amlegault@wfsj.org or +1 514 508 2777.

Good luck with your application!

The WFSJ and UKRI team

Montreal, 31 October 2018

Next #ScienceTalks on AI & Journalism. Tuesday 4 December at 11 am EST.

Our next Science Talk on artificial intelligence and journalism will be taking place on Tuesday 4 December at 11 am Eastern Time. Save the date! Register here. Media interested in learning more about AI to inform their reporting should attend.

Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the:

  • Differences between artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning
  • Applications of AI and its social impact
  • Challenges of implementing AI in key industries
  • Cautionary tales from AI or machine learning gone wrong
  • Reliable sources and experts in AI


Apply for an international travel fellowship and attend #WCSJ2019 in Lausanne. Deadline: Thursday 15 November at 12 noon EST

WCSJ2019 and the WFSJ are delighted to offer International Travel Fellowships for professional and student attendees from all around the world. These fellowships are intended to enable those who otherwise could not attend to join us at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in Lausanne, Switzerland (1-5 July 2019).

Eligibility: Anyone who actively writes, edits or produces science news, information or commentary for the independent media, is working as a staff employee or a freelance journalist, or is a member of a WFSJ Member Association, and who normally would be unable to attend the Conference without financial assistance.

The fellowship will cover the following:

  • air travel (economy airfare will be booked and purchased by WCSJ2019)
  • local transportation to and from the airport
  • visa fee
  • accommodation on site (Booked by WCSJ2019. Could be up to 5 nights or even 6 nights if you agree to share a room with another grantee)
  • registration fee for the WCSJ2019
  • if needed, small per diem covering some meals not provided by the conference and some small expenses

Details: The strength of our World Conference of Science Journalists is to enrich science and technology coverage and to bring journalists, writers, and communicators together from all corners of the globe.

The goal of WCSJ2019 Travel Fellowship program is to assist as many attendees as possible and to support the international diversity of the conference by enabling representation from all regions.

In addition to the “conference only” fellowships, some participants will be awarded fellowships that guarantee seats in pre-conference workshops as well as substantial travel funding. Fellowship applicants can register their interest for these workshops directly in the application form the latest by Thursday 15 November at 12 noon Eastern Time. If granted with such a fellowship, the grantees will have to attend the workshop fully. Details of these and any additional pre-conference workshops may be announced later. Workshops will require participants to arrive on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Successful applications will make a clear and convincing case for how attending WCSJ2019 will benefit the applicant. Special consideration will be given to applications submitted from developing countries or regions historically underrepresented at World Conferences.

Applicants will be asked to upload a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest as well as provide the name of a referee whom you will ask to send you a recommendation letter. Before applying, we recommend that future applicants first read through the application information to prepare materials as requested. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The best of luck to you!

Anne-Marie Leagult
Project Manager Fellowship Selection Committee


Struggle with Politics. First stories from our 6 science journalists are in.

Read the first stories online of the 6 science journalists that are reporting on the “Struggle with Politics” in Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Germany/Turkey, Indonesia, and Spain.

This long-term project gives 6 science journalists from 6 nations the possibility to follow 6 politically active scientists. The journalists are on a political journey, reporting on the successes and failures of each scientist-activist as they work to educate lawmakers and promote science in political discourse.

This project takes place within the framework of our World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2019) in Lausanne  (1-5 July 2019) and hopes to change the actual underreporting on science policy. More information here.

View the Science Talks on understanding HIV/AIDS online

View or review our 3rd Science Talks on Understanding HIV/AIDS for accurate news reporting on Tuesday 25 September 2018. Our hosts for this webinar organized with Wiley Publishers were Dr. Kenneth Mayer and Dr. Annette Sohn from the International AIDS Society.

Media who view/review this webinar will learn more about:

• A brief history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
• What regions are most affected by HIV/AIDS, areas with an uptick in reported cases and the reasons for regional disparities
• How countries respond to the epidemic and the most effective tactics being used in the fight against HIV and AIDS
• Why the current approach to confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic is drawing criticism; who are those critics and what is their impact on prevention and treatment options
• What treatments are available now and in the future
• Which sources of information are most reliable for journalists reporting on HIV and AIDS

The science that makes a difference in all our lives. Report from the Kavli Prize Week 2018

WFSJ’s vice-president, Milica Momcilovic, represented the Federation at this year’s Kavli Prize Week 2018 in Olso, Norway (1-6 September). It is an immense honor for the WFSJ to be able to participate in this six-day event. We are also grateful to The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the event organizers, and the Kavli Foundation for their commitment and support to science journalism. Since 2012, 23 fellows – science journalists from all over the world – have had the unique opportunity to attend and report on the excellence in science from Norway.READ MORE

Looking back on the 2018 Kavli Prize Week in Oslo. Our fellows share their impressions.

The successful 2018 Kavli Prize Week in Oslo (1-6 September) was a unique occasion for our five fellows, all science journalists, to attend the multiple events across the city honouring the seven laureates and recognizing them for their seminal advances in the research areas of astrophysics [the origin, structure, and composition of the cosmos], nanoscience [science at the atomic scale], and neuroscience [science of the brain].

What definitely made a big impression on our fellows were the casual and straightforward meetings with the seven laureates. In this post, each of the fellows shares some highlights that had a significant impact on them as a person and on their careers as science journalists. In the following weeks, we will also publish on this blog some of the fellows’ articles based on their Kavli Prize Week experiences and exchanges. READ MORE

Christophe Bourillon named new executive director of the WFSJ

MONTREAL 13 SEPTEMBER – The Board of Directors of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is pleased to announce that Mr. Christophe Bourillon has been appointed as new Executive Director (ED).

Bourillon comes with 25 years of solid experience in senior management and communication at the national and international levels. He founded and led various industry associations, such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). He drove other organizations through major transformations, such as the Uranium Institute, the European Biofuels Association, and the European Robotics Association.READ MORE