About AWSARAWSAR awards are given by the DST every year for popular science writings to the PhD scholars and Post for fellows. AWSAR stands for Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research. It is a writing contest which gives opportunities to the participants to grab a prize of up to Rupees one lakh for a research article. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has invited entries from post-doctoral fellows and PhD scholars for the DST-AWSAR program 2020.
Details of AwardThere are two categories of awards:
1st Prize: Rs.1,00,000 will be awarded to the best entry.
2nd Prize: Rs.50,000 Will be awarded to 2nd Prize winner.
3rd Prize: Rs.25,000 Will be paid to their best entry.
Besides, 100 selected write-ups will be awarded Rs.10,000 each.
One outstanding story will be given a cash prize of 1,00,000.
20 selected write-ups submitted by the post-doctoral fellows will be awarded a cash prize of 10,000 each.
A certificate of appreciation will be issued to all the winners of popular science stories.
Apart from this, all selected stories will be published.
Eligibility CriteriaThe eligibility criteria for submitting the science story for AWSAR award is:
Terms and Condition
Guidelines for Writing a Science Story for AWSAR AwardThe candidates must write their research story in such a way that would be understandable by a person having a non-scientific background. The story must answer the following questions:
The candidate must write an article based on his/ her research work.
The candidates can write a part of their research as an article or can convert complete research into an article. However, a general review will not be considered. The article must include some new knowledge created as part of the research.
The article must be written in simple language as it is aimed for a general audience. The study's significance must be understandable by the public. Further, the article or popular science story should not be published elsewhere.
The candidates must follow the below- mentioned guidelines:
Word limits: It written in 1000-1500 words in MS word
Paper Size: A4-size with 2.5 cm margin on all sides, single column,
Font: Times New Roman font,
Font size: 12,
Line Spacing: 1.5 line spacing
The theme of the article
Title of the paper
Name of the applicant
Affiliation and contact details of the applicant.
Selection of Science StoriesArticles will be judged and selected by a panel of eminent scientists, media persons, subject experts, practitioners and science communicators made up by DST. Best 100 entries received from PhD scholars and 20 best entries received from postdoctoral fellows will be selected for AWSAR Award.
The following will be the criteria for judging the entries:
Why does the research matter?
Does the article explain the research of the writer in an easy to comprehend way?
Is it a convincing write-up?
Selection of entries will be done in the following steps:
In the first step of the DST AWSAR programme, best 100 write-ups or popular science stories will be selected for prizes. An expert panel will do the initial screening and review the entries. The expert panel will select the best 100 entries from the entries received in the PhD Researchers category. All these selected entries will be awarded a cash prize of Rs.10,000/-. A certificate of Appreciation will also be given, along with the cash prize.
Under Postdoc category, the expert panel will select twenty best entries submitted by the postdoctoral fellow candidates. All these twenty entries will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000/- along with a Certificate of Appreciation.
In the second step, under PhD researchers category, top three leading popular science stories are selected among the best 100 entries and they will be selected as 1st, 2nd and 3rd best entries and will be awarded the cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-, Rs.50,000/- and Rs.25,000/- respectively. For Postdoc fellow categories, one outstanding science story will be selected from leading 25 entries in this category. This outstanding entry will be awarded the cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-.
Declaration and Distribution of AwardsDST AWSAR awards will be conferred on 28 February every year on the occasion of the National Science Day. All the award winners can avail the opportunity to attend the Science Film Training Workshop. This workshop will be organized by Vigyan Prasar. The workshop is for early career researchers, which helps them in writing popular science story. This workshop will be organised by the science experts and will be focussed on the suggestion of tips for original and effective writing by using proper words, sentences, grammar, punctuation and language, etc.
Last Date to Submit the Article: 15.10.2020
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