All applications for this category are open on March 1st, 2023.

In a time of immense political, economic, cultural and social shifts, journalism has a vital role to play in informing the public about science and technology, with unbiased, factual stories that educate and promote public awareness of critical issues. From vaccinations to climate change, the media has an enormous influence on public behaviour and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) believes accurate, unbiased journalism covering these stories can hugely improve the world by addressing disinformation and myth. 

The SFI Award for Journalism will be awarded to any student who was written and published an article, in any form of student media, relating to science, technology, engineering or maths – particularly where it impacts the public.

There are so many topics to investigate – from environmental issues such as water or air pollution to artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles to food scarcity, biodiversity to future energy sources, and health and wellbeing to smart manufacturing – the list is endless. Your work could include an interview with researchers on the topic you’ve chosen and should be easily understandable for any reader. 

The winning journalist in this category will receive a prize fund of €1,000 as part of the SFI Student Journalism Bursary and will be invited to write an article to be published on

Your article must have been published since February 2022 – remember, that if you do not have access to a student newspaper or publication, you can email and will publish your article!

Read some of the work of a previous winner, Sam Cox, here.  

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The closing date for applications is March 15th, 2023.