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About AWSAR

With the objective to strengthen the ecosystem of science communication in the country and to bring science closer to society, “Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research” (AWSAR) initiative aims to disseminate Indian research stories among the masses in a format that is easy to understand and interesting for a common person. Under this initiative, PhD Scholars and Post- Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) in science and technology (S&T) streams would be encouraged to write at least one popular science article during the tenancy of their fellowship, and to participate in a national competition. Read more

For PhD Scholars

  • 1st Prize: 1,00,000 (one)
  • 2nd Prize: 50,000 (one)
  • 3rd Prize: 25,000 (one)
  • 100 selected entries: 10,000 (each)

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For Post Doctoral Fellows

  • One Outstanding story: 1,00,000
  • 20 selected entries: 10,000 each

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Selection Criteria

A panel consisting of eminent scientists and science communicators, constituted by DST, would evaluate the entries.

Deadline: 30 September 2018

Who can apply

Indian citizen pursuing PhD or PDF in any stream of Science and Technology (S&T), within the tenancy period of her/his research, can submit the entry. The story must relate to research being pursued by him/her.

Basic Guidelines for Submitting a Popular Science Story under Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) Programme

  1. Any Indian citizen pursuing PhD or Postdoctoral Fellowship in any Science...
  2. The scholars should be enrolled in PhD program from Government approved...
  1. Preference will be given to applicants with published paper(s) of their research...
  2. The article should indicate complete research story in simple language...
  3. Only original articles sent exclusively for nomination for AWSAR award will be...
  4. The applicants are requested to mention the theme, title of the paper along with...
  5. Articles submitted should carry a declaration that the article is original...
  6. Article of 1000-1500 words (A4-size with 2.5 cm margin on all sides, single...
  7. Applicants found guilty of plagiarism will be blacklisted and debarred from...

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Sample Research Stories

These Sample stories are selected from the bouquet of published popular science stories in
various science magazines. These stories will serve as reference for Awarded aspirants.

AWSAR Workshop

Augmenting Writing Skills for ArticulatingAWSAR workshops will strengthen the skills of Ph.D. scholars and PDFs for writing Popular Science Stories. Author of selected 100 stories will be invited to attend the Science Filmmaking workshops.

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