Scholarships for environment, health journalists

KARACHI: Journalists from around the world who specialize in covering health and the environment can apply for a scholarship to attend a conference. The biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health (Ecohealth) brings researchers, practitioners and educators together to address issues like environmental impact on human health, transmission of infectious diseases, conservation and rural and urban development.

The conference will take place in Montreal, Canada, from Aug. 11-15. The World Federation of Science Journalists is offering eight scholarships to qualified professionals so they can attend the conference. The scholarships will cover travel costs to Montreal, four nights accommodation and visa and conference registration fees.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is June 3. In addition to free registration, the travel grants cover the costs of transportation from your own country, travel visas and four nights of accommodation in Montréal.

Journalists specialized in the coverage of health and the environment, irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media (print, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Journalists attending will be expected to publish articles and/or programme content on the various issues addressed by the conference.

The jury will select eight professional, fulltime or freelance journalists, specialized in the coverage of health and the environment, with comprehensive experience in traditional and/or digital media. Candidates are asked to send their CV, coordinates, identification pages of their passport, three articles or video or audio productions on health and environmental issues in the language of origin, and a one-page essay in English describing why they should be selected and what they will do if they win the competition.

The jury will also weigh the resources available to the journalist when selecting the winners. Important: The final criterion in the search for a winner will be the proposed dissemination plans for post conference articles and content.

The World Federation of Science Journalists administers the competition and is solely responsible for the selection of the winning journalists. The jury, a sub-committee of the WFSJ Board, will select the eight journalists on the basis of submitted work, on the applicant’s CV and motivation statement.

Applications must be received no later than 3rd of June 2014. For further information, please contact the WFSJ Office at info@wfsj.org

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