Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellowships 2024-2025 {Up to $6,000} | How to Apply Now

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is currently accepting applications for the Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellowships for the academic year 2024-2025. These fellowships, generously sponsored by The Brinson Foundation, cater to working journalists and exceptionally talented students who have been admitted to graduate-level programs in science writing.

Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellowships

Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellowships 2024-2025

The scope of science writing includes communication about science, medicine, health, technology, and the environment for the general public. Please note that these fellowships are not intended for those pursuing careers in technical writing.

The late Rennie Taylor, a distinguished science writer for the Associated Press, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of the Associated Press, are honored through these fellowships, made possible by a grant from The Brinson Foundation and additional support from CASW’s general fund, including contributions from the American Tentative Society.

Fellowship benefits

Successful applicants will receive a grant of $6,000.


  • Journalists with a minimum of two years of mass media experience are especially encouraged to apply. This includes work on a college newspaper or other journalistic experiences in any field.
  • CASW welcomes applicants demonstrating strong writing skills and a keen interest in science journalism.
  • Students must possess an undergraduate degree and persuade the CASW selection committee of their capability and commitment to pursuing a career in science writing for the general public.

Fellowship usage

Funds are allocated to enable students to fulfill the requirements of their graduate programs and should not be applied to fund internships. Past recipients have utilized their fellowships to cover tuition, fees, living expenses, equipment, and travel.

Additional criteria

  • Applicants must be accepted by at least one institution before the fellowship application deadline unless the selected institution has a later date for acceptance.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.
  • Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time.
  • Applicants who are already enrolled should provide evidence of a full year of study remaining to acquire a master’s degree or graduate certificate.
  • Members of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and media professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application requirements

To apply online, complete the form and upload the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Writing samples
  3. A brief letter of recommendation from a teacher or someone familiar with your work (Alternatively, the recommender can submit the letter using the Letter of Support form.)
  4. Up to two additional letters of support should also be submitted.
  5. For those applying for the enhanced fellowship in physical sciences, include a brief statement detailing your background and interest in writing about physical science.

Application deadline

The application deadline is March 18, 2024

How to Apply

To apply, click here. You can also click here for more information.

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