2017 ASC Grants Program now open

Better late than never!

We are proud to again launch the ASC Grants Program, now in its fourth year.

This year, three grant opportunities are on offer. Two, worth up to $600 each, are specifically focused towards professional development.

One of these is fairly open to interpretation – anything (within reason) which improves your skills in the SciComm sector. The Peter Pockley grant is more specifically focused towards enhancing your investigative journalism skills.

Previous ASC PD grant recipients have undertaken short writing workshops, used the funds to travel overseas and last years recipient used the funds to support herself to travel to Iceland to undertake and international writing course.

Previous Peter Pockley grant receipts have used the funds to learn more about podcasting, and one recipient even used it for travel funds to organise an internship with ABC Radio National’s The Conversations program – a great idea and opportunity.

The possibilities are endless, as long as you are a current financial ASC member and your application is related to developing your skills – we are all ears!

We are also very proud to again be partnering with Dr Malini Devades, from MD writing and editing, who is offering one member the opportunity to take part in her brand new journal writing e-course worth a total of $400+GST.

Do you struggle to find time for writing? Do you spend endless time revising draft after draft? Or are you just not confident in your writing skills?

Wouldn’t you love to be able to write your journal articles faster, creating a good first draft that you then efficiently revise and copyedit, ready for submission?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then this opportunity may be just what you need. In this 8-week e-course, you will be given the tools you need to write a clear, concise and compelling journal article. You will be applying everything you are learning to your own journal article and will have deadlines to motivate you to get it done!

Interested in applying for the above three opportunities? All the application forms and further information are available via www.asc.asn.au/grants and all questions can be emailed to grants@asc.asn.au and we’ll get back to you with an answer.

Get in quick as it is a short round this year and applications close September 29 at 11:59 AEST. Eligibility requirements are emphasised on the grants page but we do ask that those who receive a grant are able to use it within the financial year and as part of accepting the grant, you write a short article for the Scope member e-newsletter so we can hear about what you got up.

Good luck with your applications

Ian and Miriam

Co-managers, ASC Grants program

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About Ian McDonald

I have a strong research, education and communication background. I thoroughly enjoy writing and presenting about topics relevant to the community, such as environmental and ecological research, health and medical research, along with public policy and legislation. I have combined these powers to help engage the public with knowledge through blog posts, magazine articles, podcasts, videos, social media pages, presentations and running large scale community based events. I have been working professionally as a Science Communicator in Canberra since 2009 and I am also available for freelance and consultancy work. I am a prominent and engaged member of the Australian Science Communicators.

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