The AAAS Science for Religion Reporters Awards honor distinguished reporting on religion by professional journalists. The awards go to individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) who demonstrate a strong interest and capacity for science-related religion reporting. However, previous science reporting experience is not necessary to apply for the award.
An independent judging committee selects award recipients based on the quality of their work and the conviction with which they express interest in the societal impacts of science, especially for religious communities.
Up to four $4000 awards will be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting in February 2018. Recipients are responsible for their own travel and lodging to attend the meeting in Austin, Texas. Entrants agree that, if they win, they will attend the awards ceremony, unless prevented by circumstances beyond their control.
The contest is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program as part of its “Bringing Forefront Science to Religion Writers” project. This project was primarily funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with support from AAAS.