AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Open for Applications

Claire Fraser, President, AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in conjunction with the Kavli Foundation are now accepting entries for the annual AAAS Science Journalism Awards from journalists worldwide to honour professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

The awards which have been recognizing excellence in science journalism since 1945 and celebrated its diamond anniversary in 2020 will accept entries from journalists in many categories due to a doubling of its endowment by The Kavli Foundation in 2015.

The awards are open to reporters working for independent news organizations around the world. Entries must be readily accessible to the public by subscription, newsstand sales or online access and if the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, the entrant must provide an English translation.

Eligible entries are works produced between July 16, 2020 and July 15, 2021. All entries must be submitted online on or before midnight, U.S. Pacific time, on August 1, 2021 and must have been originally published, broadcast or posted online during the contest year. There is no entry fee.

Entrants may submit up to three entries in all (across one or more categories) but cannot enter the same story or stories in two different categories, nor enter a story both as an individual entry and as part of a group of stories.
Entries published or broadcast in language other than English, must be accompanied with English translation.

Entrants should ensure that entries, including broadcast entries, that Dropbox links or other storage links (and their passwords) do not expire during the screening and judging period (August 1, 2021 to October 30, 2021).
Entrants can enter for any of print/online, audio, video or children’s science news categories.

In each category, there are now two awards: Gold, with a prize of $5,000, and Silver, with a prize of $3,500. The awards are presented each year at the AAAS Annual Meeting in February.

Successful applicants must attend the awards ceremony, unless prevented by circumstances beyond their control. The award includes reimbursement for travel and hotel expenses. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person’s travel expenses will be covered.

For more detailed information about the awards please visit: and go to to enter for the award.