GUIDELINES FOR STORY SUBMISSION
Vigyan Prasar welcomes contributions from Indian citizens actively pursuing a PhD or Postdoctoral fellowship in any field of Science and Technology (S&T) to apply for the AWSAR competition.
- The entries are open for the scholars pursuing PhD & PDF in any S&T stream from a recognized Indian University/ R&D Institute.
- The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
- Applicants can submit only one research story.
- Applicants from previous years are encouraged to re-apply on fulfilling all other eligibility criteria.
- AWSAR Awardees are not eligible to submit a story in the same category.
- AWSAR Awardee in PhD category may apply a second time under the PDF category on fulfilling all other eligibility criteria.
- Entries are also open for scholars who defended their PhDs after December 31, 2021.
- The scholar is enrolled in a PhD/PDF in a government-approved Indian institution.
- The scholar must have completed at least two years of residency under PhD category.
The scholars who defended their PhDs after December 31, 2021, are also eligible.
- Both full-time and part-time PhD/PDF scholars are eligible for competition.
- The research story should indicate complete research in simple language (Hindi/English) to be understood by the general public. Scholars should avoid the inclusion of complex figures, graphs, equations or formulae in the story. Self-explanatory infographics/cartoons for effective communication to the general public are welcome.
- Any plagiarism will disqualify the candidature and also barred from future participation.
- Original stories submitted solely for AWSAR will be considered. Published or accepted stories for publication elsewhere are not acceptable.
- The submitted file must be completely anonymous to assure an effective double-blind review procedure. The article should not have references to the author's names, affiliation or personal information. Entries with such disclosures will not be evaluated.
- All stories should be submitted through an online portal.
- There is no participation fee for the AWSAR competition.
- Format of Article: MS Word, Paper: A4 size
Word limit:1000-1500 words
Page Layout: 2.5 cm margins on all sides, single column and justified.
Font Size:12-point font size, Line spacing: 1.5
Font:Times New Roman (English) and Unicode (Hindi).
- A story will be judged based on originality, accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, and resourcefulness.
- The stories should be written in a popular format that interests the non-scientific and general audience without technical jargon.
- The research story must be on the research undertaken by the scholar.
- Stories received after the deadline will not be accepted.
- At least two experts will evaluate each story.
- A panel of eminent scientists and science communicators constituted by DST will evaluate the stories.
The experts evaluate the stories considering the following points:
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AWARD CATEGORIES & FELICITATION
- Every year the Award ceremony is organized on February 28, the National Science Day.
- Awardees are eligible to participate in the Science-Film making Workshop organized by Vigyan Prasar.
Categories of Popular Science Stories and awards:
|PhD Category||Postdoctoral Fellows Category|
|1st Prize: ₹ 1,00,000
2nd Prize: ₹ 50,000
3rd Prize: ₹ 25,000
Best 100 Selected Stories: ₹ 10,000 (each)
One Outstanding Story: ₹ 1,00,000
Best 20 Selected Stories: ₹ 10,000 (each)