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Science journalists' bursaries added 11 April 2014, awards whose deadlines have passed deleted 22 April 2014

Awards alert

There is a whole bunch of awards, grants, and prizes for journalism, including cash prizes, coming up. And there are also some bursaries for study on full-time broadcast journalism courses, although sadly you've just missed the deadline for the journalism fellowship at MIT. The awards we know about are listed below, with their application deadline dates, starting with the most urgent ones.

The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, based in Ireland, is accepting proposals for funding for investigative stories "in the public interest" by 20 June.

Did you find out that the Ministry of Education's recent "renaissance in language learning" actually an annual spend of just 12p per primary school student in England on learning foreign languages, or something along those lines? Then the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award is for you.

It's for journalism using statistics and published in calendar year 2013, so regrettably the example above, unearthed by the Freelance assistant editor and colleagues, isn't eligible as it's from early 2014, and is for illustrative purposes only. The deadline is 25 April. Aside from the promise of considerable honour and glory, we couldn't find a mention of a cash sum.

See other inspirational examples of statistical journalism here and here, including "Job figures definitely up or down shock!" And stand by for a possible LFB training initiative in this area.

The Royal Television Society has four-figure bursaries for full-time (prospective) broadcast journalism degree students, including those currently applying to study for a course starting in the Autumn. There's a list of eligible institutions and courses. Forms in by 31 May, please.

Grants for "safeguarding... and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe... and developing countries" are available via the latest funding round of the European Journalism Centre (supported the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). You have until 23 July. While we couldn't find a mention of how much the grants are for, the phrase "Gates Foundation" suggests the upper limit is likely to be a generous one.

The World Federation of Science Journalists is providing eight scholarship for journalists specialising in the coverage of health and the environment to attend the 2014 EcoHealth Conference, which is in Montréal, Canada, from 11-15 August. The deadline for applications is 3 June: see www.wfsj.org/news/news.php?id=342 for details.

And finally, there's the Jan Fairley Memorial Award, started by NUJ Edinburgh Freelance Branch, for an Edinburgh-based journalist either covering the arts or starting their career. It includes £300 in cash. Entries should be in by 30 October.

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