The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals from media professionals to visit Antarctica to report on research supported by NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) through the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).
Those selected to deploy would visit Antarctica between early November and mid-December of 2018.
How to apply: Applicants must submit to NSF a written expression of interest in participating in the program — the equivalent of no more than three printed pages — describing the media in which the reporting will appear and a description of the potential audiences. See note above about supporting materials indicating a commitment to publish, which would be in addition to the reporting plan.
Competition for the opportunity to deploy is perennially intense, as Antarctic logistics are a constraint on the number of deployments to be supported. Logistical limitations make it extremely difficult to modify itineraries once in Antarctica, therefore a great deal of planning with the principals, once selected, will be required to make the proposed visit successful.
This planning will therefore necessitate frequent conference calls and may require some in-person visits to NSF.
For reporting unrelated to the Thwaites Glacier opportunity, U.S. media receive preference in selection.
Application deadline: 5 p.m. (local time) on July 15, 2018. Electronic submissions are required, either as an email or as an attachment to an email. The email subject line must read “2018 Antarctic Media Application” or the application will not be considered.