CASW will select the second winner of the Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award in 2023. The award, to be given annually, will recognize and support reporting and writing that embodies the high standards exemplified by Sharon Begley (1956–2021), a science journalist of unflinching dedication, skill, moral clarity, and commitment to mentoring. The Sharon Begley Award comprises a career prize, recognizing the accomplishments of a mid-career science journalist, and a grant of at least $20,000 to enable the winner to undertake a significant reporting project.

Entries for the 2023 Sharon Begley Award will be accepted between January 1 and April 30, 2023. Entries may be submitted at

Candidates must be experienced journalists who have compiled a substantial body of work in science journalism, defined as print, audio, video, and online reporting on science, health/medicine, environment, mathematics, and technology.

A panel of judges organized by the CASW Board of Directors will review all entries over a three-month period. The inaugural Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award will be awarded in late summer.

After notification, the award winner will receive an award letter indicating the purpose and the terms of the project grant. An initial $10,000 will be disbursed once the awardee has signed the letter.

The award will be announced once the award letter is signed. It will be formally presented at the ScienceWriters2022 conference, to be held in Memphis in late October. CASW will cover the additional costs of registration, travel, and lodging to allow the winner to attend the event. A reception celebrating the launch of the award and honoring the first winner is planned.

CASW will provide the award winner with a mentor to support the project. Ideally, the mentor will be a senior science journalist who has successfully completed a project of similar scope and type and has worked in the same medium. An awardee may decline mentorship.If for any reason the project stalls or fails, part or all of the second payment, depending on circumstances, must be returned to the Sharon Begley Fund.



  • The Sharon Begley Award comprises a career prize
  • It recognizes the accomplishments of a mid-career science journalist.
  • A grant of at least $20,000 to enable the winner to undertake a significant reporting project.



  • Candidates should have been working journalists for at least 8–10 years.
  • Must have significant experience in science journalism, or provide equivalent evidence of commitment to the field.
  • Time spent as an editor counts toward eligibility.
  • Journalists who have served on the Sharon Begley Award Advisory Committee become eligible three years after their service ends.


Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

  • The submitted body of work should include three to five published clips or other work samples that illustrate the candidate’s best work in science journalism
  • The entry should include a cover letter making the case for the candidate and the proposed project.
  • The entry should include one to three supporting letters.
  • Each candidate must submit a project proposal describing a reporting and writing project to be undertaken with the award grant.
  • A simple budget is required. The purpose of the budget is to support the plan of work and show the judges how the grant will enable the proposed project.
  • Get the full guideline through the link .


Application Deadline: April 30, 2023 (36 Days Remaining)

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