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Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab Non-Residential Fellowship 2020 ($20,000 stipend)

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Applications are open for the Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab Non-Residential Fellowship 2020. The Non-Resident Fellowship supports social sector leaders to dedicate time to working on ideas that apply to broad swaths of civil society but that may not quite fit into their “day job.” The fellowship provides time, space, expertise, and financial support to help turn ideas into prototypes or action, and to build a cohort of fellows to support ongoing learning and community.
All applicants are responsible for designing, proposing, and implementing projects of their choice within the purview of one of two fellowship tracks:

  • Track 1: Digital Civil Society: Fellows will be primarily affiliated with the Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. DCSL fellows will join CCSRE fellows for orientation week in January 2020 and will work closely together as part of the same cohort throughout the yearlong fellowship term.
  • Track 2: Race and Technology: This year, between one and three fellowships will support fellows working on a challenge related to racial equity. These fellows will be hosted by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in partnership with DCSL and the Stanford Institute of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. These fellows will join DCSL fellows for orientation week in January 2020 and will work closely together as part of the same cohort throughout the yearlong fellowship term.

All fellows will receive:

  • A $20,000 stipend, paid at the beginning of the fellowship, to support work on a year-long project.
  • A week-long in-person convening of the cohort on the Stanford campus, January 20-24, 2020.
  • Travel support to cover the cost of attending the January 2020 week-long convening.
  • Project support up to $5,000 to support additional project-related travel and expenses as appropriate.
  • Mentorship from fellowship directors and access to fellowship alumni from previous cohorts.

The Non-Resident Fellowship is open to applicants 18 years of age or older who meet the following conditions:

  • Meet all submission deadlines and submit the application in English;
  • Commit to spend twelve months undertaking a project addressing one of two topical tracks: Digital Civil Society, or Race and Technology;
  • Commit to contribute a final written report, video or audio interview;
  • Commit to attend a week-long convening of the fellowship cohort at Stanford University, January 20-24, 2020. This week involves an introduction to the Lab and its research goals and activities, opportunities to meet other communities on campus, independent time to interact with scholars and research institutes on campus and in the area, and the development of individual year-long work plans. Fellows are encouraged to engage with and imagine/identify additional collective activities for their cohort.
  • Please note that your initiative cannot involve a political campaign or legislative lobbying efforts.


  • Each fellow will pursue a project or set of activities of their own design over the course of the fellowship. Applicants pursuing projects that are already in progress, as well as projects that may not be fully completed within one year, are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows are expected to engage as a cohort with the other Non-Resident Fellows as well as with Stanford postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and student researchers.
  • While they welcome applications from outside the United States, they are currently unable to support the acquisition of visas. If you are applying from outside the United States and are accepted, you will need to secure your own visa.

Selection Criteria
The selection process will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Potential impact
  • Does the project address a question or challenge that is broadly relevant across civil society?
  • Will the project contribute significant new knowledge or create substantial positive change?
  • Does the Fellow demonstrate a deep understanding of the issue their project addresses?
  • Will the Fellow and the project benefit from engagement with an academic research community?
  • Quality of project proposal
  • Is the project plan thoughtful and well-articulated?
  • Have potential risks and challenges received adequate consideration?
  • Are goals, timelines, and deliverables realistic?
  • Has the applicant identified potential partnerships that will catalyze the project?

You will be asked to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Brief project proposal
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • Click here to apply
  • For more information, visit Stanford PACS.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Patti Birch Fellowship for Data Journalism 2019 (Stipend of $40,000)

Deadline: September 3, 2019

Applications for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Patti Birch Fellowship for Data Journalism 2019 are now open. The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a qualified individual for the program to build internal knowledge and capacity for better use of their data organization-wide. This is a full-time, exempt position based in New York. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honor of Patti Birch, with support from the Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation.
Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

The Patti Birch Fellow’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work alongside the editorial team to identify opportunities for CPJ to highlight and utilize to the full extent possible its data on journalists killed, imprisoned or missing in relation to their work, in both daily and longer-term content.
  • Work with web developers, suggest and implement improvements to CPJ data manager (internal database) and data explorer (data section of CPJ website) to facilitate use and presentation of the data
  • Identify potential opportunities for highlighting CPJ data externally or pairing it with partners’ data for increased insights
  • Prepare and present an internal strategy and practical guide on how to use CPJ’s data to identify, highlight, and illustrate trends in press freedom.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as assigned.


  • The fellowship comes with an annual stipend of $40,000. Fellows qualify for some CPJ benefits; please consult the CPJ handbook for details.


  • Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism or related field
  • A deep interest in and knowledge of data journalism, data visualization, and journalism more broadly
  • Skilled with spreadsheets and with data visualization tools such as Highcharts
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote participants
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • A passion for freedom of the press
  • An international bent
  • Candidates must be authorized to be employed in the United States


  • E-mail a resume, cover letter, work sample, and references via email by September 3, 2019. Please include “Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism” in the subject line.
  • CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. CPJ does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, carrier status, genetic predisposition, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
  • No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • For more information, visit Patti Birch Fellowship.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2020 for Mid-career Professionals (Fully-funded)

Deadline: September 20, 2019
Applications are open for the Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2020. The Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are for mid-career professionals from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend between six weeks and three months at a UK Host organisation working in their sector on a programme of professional development.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Professional Fellowships provide talented and motivated professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector.

These Fellowships are offered under six development themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Fellowship value
Each fellowship provides:

  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK
  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £1,696 per month, or £2,104 per month for those at organisations in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels). Exceptionally, depending on the programme arranged, a peripatetic living allowance may be payable. Further details if applicable will be given at the time of offer
  • Arrival allowance of up to £953.45 at current rates, including an element for warm clothing and reimbursement of the standard visa application fee
  • Flat rate contribution of £800 to the costs of the Host organisation relating to the administration and support of the Fellow, setting up of appropriate meetings, any materials required, and incidental travel for the Fellow during the award (to be paid to the Host organisation on receipt of an invoice)
  • Fees of up to a maximum of £2,000 will be agreed for awards under two months and up to a maximum of £3000 for awards of three months (to be paid to the Host organisation on receipt of an invoice)


  • Applicants should be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Have at least five years’ full-time, or equivalent part-time, relevant work experience, in a profession related to the subject of the Fellowships programme, by the proposed start of the fellowship – voluntary work experience will not be counted towards this minimum
  • Be in employment at the time of application that they will return to upon completion of the fellowship
  • Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years (at the time of application)
  • Not be seeking to undertake an academic programme of research or study in the UK. Academics are eligible to apply for the scheme, but only to undertake programmes of academic management, not research or courses relevant to their research subject
  • Be available to undertake the Fellowship between February 10, 2020 and March 16, 2020. You should check exact dates with the prospective Host.

Eligible Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia

Selection Criteria
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposed fellowship will ensure the transfer of skills relevant to the needs of the Fellow’s home country
  • The extent to which those skills will lead to practical benefits for the home country following the fellowship
  • The extent to which the fellowship will have a catalytic effect, either within the home country concerned, or in establishing new relationships with the UK


AFRINIC Fellowship to attend AFRINIC-31 Meeting in Luanda, Angola (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 20, 2019
Applications for the AFRINIC Fellowship 2019 is now open. AFRINIC is offering fellowships for the AFRINIC-31 meeting to be held in Luanda, Angola, on 2-6 December 2019. The fellowship is reserved for individuals representing small organisations, universities, and media who are actively involved in Internet operations and development or ICT policies in their countries. The fellow is expected to positively and actively contribute to IP address management awareness in the AFRINIC service region.

The fellowship includes:
Full assistance with round-trip airfare to the meeting venue
Hotel accommodation for the AFRINIC event from the day before the beginning to the last day of the event


  • Applicant must be a resident of an African nation
  • Don’t need to be an AFRINIC member
  • Are involved in the Internet community
  • Are willing to report on how this fellowship has benefited you/your Organisation/country within an agreed time frame.

Click here to apply
For more information, visit AFRINIC Fellowship.

African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) Research Fellowship Program 2020 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 4, 2019
Applications for the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) Research Fellowship Program 2020 are now open. The Fellowship provides visiting research fellows the chance to use their time in Leiden for data analysis and/or writing, often on a joint project with one or more ASCL staff members.
A visiting research fellowship is for a maximum of 90 days. Research fellows are divided over three periods of three months each: January-February-March, April-May-June, September-October-November. An application must include an element of collaboration with a researcher of the African Studies Centre Leiden. The output of that collaboration can be a joint seminar or workshop, a joint research proposal, or a joint publication.

A research fellowship includes:

  • A return ticket (economy class).
  • A daily stipend to cover living expenses.
  • Accommodation in Leiden: a fellow is provided with his/her own single bed/sitting room. Kitchen and bathroom are to be shared with a maximum of two other fellows (male/female). If the offered accommodation is unaccaptable for the fellow he/she is requested to look for alternative accommodation him/herself. Alternative accommodation will not be paid for by the fellowship.
  • A medical/liability insurance (please note that this insurance does not cover the cost of treatment of a pre-existing medical condition).
  • The use of (shared) office facilities and of library facilities.


  • Applicants must hold a PhD degree, by the time of applying;
  • Have conducted research, as part of the PhD and/or in later projects; with a focus on Africa;
  • Be actively pursuing an academic/research career;
  • Have published books, book chapters and/or journal articles in recent years that meet international standards;
  • In accordance with visa regulations, be ready to return to the country of which he/she is a citizen and/or a current resident upon completion of the fellowship.

Assessment Criteria
In the assessment of applications that meet these requirements:

  • Preference will be given to applicants based in Africa. ‘Africa’ here refers to the member states of the African Union. ‘Based in’ Africa is understood to mean having lived in Africa during at least two of the last four years; and
  • Emphasis will be placed on the quality, intended outputs and feasibility of the research project proposed for the fellowship.


UNFPA/UN Volunteer Population Data Fellowships 2019 for early-career professionals


Application Deadline: July 14th 2019
UNV and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership, have launched a Population Data Fellowship Programme. This initiative will provide early-career professionals with the opportunity to contribute to UNFPA’s technical work on population and development, while at the same time the Fellows will be introduced to the fields of civil registration and vital statistics.
The UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will work with UNFPA in advancing applied research, technical assistance and capacity building in civil registration and vital statistics; in close collaboration with national statistics offices, civil registration authorities and related UNFPA institutional partners.

The fellowship programme provides an opportunity to bring eight early-career professionals into UNFPA, offering participants a unique opportunity for professional development. Enabling professionals to realise their full learning and career development is a key aspect of this UNV-UNFPA partnership.
This program has been made possible with the generous support of theCentre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems, housed at Canada’sInternational Development Research Centre(IDRC). The Centre of Excellence is a global resource hub that actively supports national efforts to develop, strengthen, and scale up sustainable CRVS systems that work for all, especially women and children.
UNV will recruit professionals from around the world who have preferably a Masters degree and at least two years of professional experience related to demography, data science, applied statistics, or mixed methods research. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to UNFPA’s mandate through academic, extra-curricular or volunteer activities.
UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will profit from online learning tools and courses, as well as individual career coaching. Fellows will also attend an onboarding workshop early in their assignment and a leadership and career development workshop before the end of their assignment.
The UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will be fully integrated into UNFPA’s work to ensure maximum learning, exposure and professional development. UNFPA will provide technical induction, fostering a community of practice and peer-to-peer learning among participants, ongoing monitoring and opportunities for on-the-job training.
Fellows, in turn, will provide talent and ideas for the fulfilment of UNFPA’s mandate, and contribute to civil registration, demographic data quality assessments and the production of vital statistics. Field research will also be part of some of these UN Volunteer assignments, where Fellows will look into under-registration of vital events and its socioeconomic consequences.
If you are an early-career professional with at least two years of professional experience related to demography, data science, applied statistics, or mixed methods research, self-motivated and can thrive in an international, multidisciplinary environment – check out available assignments below (more positions will be advertised soon so check for updates). Women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI candidates and other marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Population Data Fellow
Population Data Fellow
New York, USA
Population Data Fellow
Population Data Fellow
Burkina Faso
Population Data Fellow
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the UN Volunteer/UNFPA Population Data Fellowships 2019

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INK Fellows Program 2019 for Emerging Innovators (Fully-funded to the INK Conference)

Deadline: August 17, 2019
Applications are open for the INK Fellows Program 2019. The INK Fellows Program brings together a young, global and cross-disciplinary community of path-breakers who will be the shapers of tomorrow. Every year, INK identifies the minds that are redefining their field of work, and the world around them. The Program aims to provide them the support necessary to leverage their impact.
The mission of the program is to bring together a community of game changers who have the courage to redefine the world through their imaginative ideas and creative thinking. Being an INK Fellow provides the peer-support necessary to take brilliant work to the next level. The INK Fellows Program is an initiative of Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Ixoraa Media Private Limited. Tata Trusts is a key partner of Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation in supporting the INK Fellows Program.


  • Tell your story to the world: Learn how to tell your stories to the world and let them give you an audience that want to hear them.
  • Master the art of storytelling through in-depth coaching and bring your ideas to center stage at the INK Conference and other INK events worldwide.
  • Amplify impact: They provide you audiences and platforms to help increase your impact.
  • Talks delivered by Fellows from the Conference, are promoted on INK’s digital platforms – inktalks.com and YouTube.
  • Exposure on INK’s social media channels throughout the Fellowship year and beyond.
  • Opportunity to be a Fellow with partner organizations.
  • Fellows are eligible to apply for INK’s Fellowship grant.
  • Unlock your potential: Learn from some of the world’s game changers on best practices and more.
  • Fellows Mentor Connect and expert workshops.
  • Meet a powerful network of innovators who you can work with on collaborative efforts.


  • INK will cover your flights (Economy class) to the INK Conference. Travel will be booked on lowest cost available at the time of booking. Once tickets are booked, any changes requested will be to the cost of the Fellow. All local transport and food will also be taken care for the duration of the conference. You will be provided accommodation on a shared basis with another INK Fellow.


  • The INK fellowship is open to all individuals across the globe
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40
  • They are looking for game changers who’re redefining their fields of work and have the potential to make a significant impact on the world. They want to bring your stories to a wider audience
  • Applications should be emerging innovators specializing in any field; for example (but not limited to) technology, entrepreneurship, health/medicine, architecture and design, science, art/culture/literature, energy and environment, research and academics, education, sports, film/music, and social impact. Have a look at our past Fellows’ profiles here to get an idea of the diversity of the program
  • Your work should speak for itself
  • Selected INK Fellows must be present for the entire duration of the INK Conference (for the year they are selected) and prepare to be present 2 days earlier for onsite curation.


2019 INK Fellows Programme for Innovators & Changemakers to attend the INK Conference 2019, Jaisalmer India (Fully Funded).


Application Deadline: August 17th 2019
The INK Fellows Program brings together a young, global and cross-disciplinary community of path-breakers who we believe will be the shapers of tomorrow. Every year, INK identifies the minds that are redefining their field of work, and the world around them. The Program aims to provide them the support necessary to leverage their impact. The INK Fellows Program is an initiative of Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Ixoraa Media Private Limited. Tata Trusts is a key partner of Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation in supporting the INK Fellows Program.
All Fellows have:

  • Demonstrated the capacity to think differently, to listen with an open mind, and to keep learning
  • A vision for the world or their field of work
  • Serious accomplishment (not necessarily academic!) at a young age, in any field
  • The desire and ability to enrich the INK Community through active participation

INK will cover your flights (Economy class) to the INK Conference. Travel will be booked on lowest cost available at the time of booking. Once tickets are booked, any changes requested will be to the cost of the Fellow. All local transport and food will also be taken care for the duration of the conference. You will be provided accommodation on a shared basis with another INK Fellow.

Benefits to Fellows

Tell your story to the world
Learn how to tell your stories to the world and let us give you an audience that want to hear them.

  • Master the art of storytelling through in-depth coaching and bring your ideas to center stage at the INK Conference and other INK events worldwide.

This Fellowship is yours, as much as it is ours. These aren’t a set of duties you’re obliged to perform; it’s this approach and attitude we’ve benefited most from over the years.

  • Participate in various onboarding and networking opportunities including, Fellows introduction webinar, talk curation and feedback sessions.
  • Enhance your visibility at the INK Conference by participating in INK’s pre-conference social media activities.

At the INK Conference:

  • Be available for the duration of the INK Conference.
  • Participate in all Fellows related activities during the conference (i.e. INK fellows dinner, on-site curation and rehearsals and other fun activities where you get to know your peers better).
  • Deliver your compelling story on INK’s main stage.

Beyond the Conference:

  • Be an ambassador – spread the word about your involvement with the Fellowship.
  • Recommend Fellows and be a mentor to incoming Fellows.
  • Add value to the Fellowship and Stay Engaged with us by:
  • Participating in various speaking engagements.
  • Be a part of Trailblazers ( INK’s annual Fellows gathering).
  • Conduct workshops in your area of expertise for INK’s community.
  • Keep us updated on the projects you’re working.

For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 INK Fellows Programme

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Internet Society IGF Youth Ambassadors Program 2019 (Funded to Global Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany)

Deadline: June 25, 2019
Internet Society is now accepting applications for the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program 2019. The program started in 2007 with the intent to increase participation to the Internet Governance Forum by high potential young professionals with a strong interest in Internet governance.
The goal of this program is to empower young adults aged 18 through 30 from all around the world by:

  • Building their capacity through training
  • Fostering a new cadre of young Internet leaders who are motivated to learn, engage, and act within their region and beyond
  • Partnering with organizations to broaden the depth and breadth of the program
  • Reinforcing the importance of multi-disciplinary leaders in fostering the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet
  • Promoting youth citizenship, diplomacy, volunteerism and community service as key aspects of next generation leadership
  • Broadening their experience and enabling their participation in public policy debates
  • Providing them with opportunities to participate in the global Internet ecosystem and to interact and engage with the broader Internet Governance community
  • Increasing their visibility and preparing them to deliver more meaningful impacts at the local, regional and global levels
  • Mobilizing youth beyond Internet Governance specific topics


  • Webinar Series: The individuals who are selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors (up to 30) participate at Webinar Series led by global Internet Governance experts to deepen their knowledge, present their projects/ideas and be prepared for the IGF.
  • Attending the IGF: IGF Youth Ambassadors receive support to attend the Global Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019.
  • Collaborative Leadership Exchange: IGF Youth Ambassadors will attend an onsite, dynamic leadership session with Internet Society community members, youth representatives from other programs, Internet Society staff and other IGF attendees. This session takes the form of an unconference, with the agenda being crowdsourced by attendees, and breakout groups facilitated to create pockets of common interest and interaction. The goal is to build/deepen relationships and foster community around youth engagement.

All applicants must be:

  • Internet Society Members
  • Between 18-30 at the date of the IGF
  • Able to present a strong motivation for Internet Governance
  • Able to demonstrate interest and expertise in issues on the IGF agenda
  • Comfortable with public speaking and communicating positions
  • Able to demonstrate interest and experience in key Internet governance related issues
  • Capable of appropriately representing the Internet Society and its views and policies as an Ambassador during the IGF
  • Capable of continuing to work with the Internet Society locally after the IGF
  • Fluent in English
  • Able to spend a minimum of 8 hours each week during the eLearning Phase
  • Ready to take part in the meetings and webinars
  • Not been selected as Fellow or IGF Ambassador before

The selection committee also attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.


  • Online Applications: The first phase of the selection process is based on Online Applications.
  • 4-week Online Internet Governance Course: The applicants selected in phase 1 (up to 150 individuals) take a 4-week online course. The topics include: Internet Governance, Internet Policy Principles, Actors and Stakeholder Groups, and Regulatory Frameworks. All participants are grouped into classes, each with a dedicated expert moderator to facilitate the learning process. The top ones (up to 50) will proceed to the next phase.
  • Paper Writing: The top performers during the online course phase will be required to write a paper on an existing or emerging area in Internet Governance, leveraging the learnings from the course. The individuals who submit the best papers will be selected as IGF Youth Ambassadors (up to 30).
  • Click here to apply.
  • For more information, visit Internet Society.

Earth Journalism Network 2019 Reporting Fellowships to the UNCCD COP14 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: June 23, 2019
Indian and African Journalists can apply to report from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification COP 14 in New Delhi, India. Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is pleased to announce a fellowship program that will allow selected journalists to attend and cover the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) taking place in New Delhi, India, in early September, 2019.
The UNCCD COP14 will be a key gathering to review progress made to control and reverse further loss of productive land from desertification, land degradation and drought. A mix of representatives from national, regional and local governments, science and research communities, the private sector, international and non-governmental organizations and all forms of media are expected to address these issues during the two-week event.

As part of this Fellowship program, the 2019 group will comprise five selected journalists from Africa and India. We’re putting particular emphasis on selecting reporters from arid regions, or regions impacted by drought and desertification. Fellows will attend the conference between 6-14 September, where they will engage with other participants and Fellowship program organizers in a series of specially designed activities that will include mentorship, an orientation workshop, breakfast briefings and interviews and sessions with high-level officials.


  • Amongst costs covered will be nonrefundable economy-class airfare, hotel, meals, and transportation both in-location and in transit. We will also assist with the press accreditation process and provide other support services relating to travel. Please note that the process of obtaining any necessary visas is a Fellow’s responsibility; however, visa costs can be reimbursed.

To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from a developing country;
  • Fill out the application form using the link below, including answering essay questions that illustrate his/her experience reporting on desertification and degradation issues. We also ask you to describe the kinds of stories you might pursue at the conference;
  • Be available to arrive in India on Friday, 6th September and stay until departure on Saturday, 14th
  • Commit to participate in all Fellowship activities;
  • Provide a letter of support from an editor, producer or supervisor who can confirm your ability to publish or broadcast your material in an established media outlet. Freelancers are welcome to apply but must provide a letter of support.

Criteria for evaluating applicants will include the prospective Fellow’s demonstrated experience covering desertification, climate change and other environmental topics, their interest in continued coverage of these issues and their audience and outlet’s reach.

As part of the application process, journalists will be asked to submit examples of their work. These can be uploaded as text pasted into a Word document or as links. Stories can be sent in a native language as long as they are accompanied by a short English synopsis. A good command of English, however, will be needed to answer the essay questions and will also be important to participate in Fellowship activities.

The Earth Journalism Network fully respects the editorial independence of all journalists. Throughout the conference, Fellows are free to report as they see fit. As well as the requirements above, we ask that journalists agree to cross-post all stories they file during the UNCCD COP14 on the Earth Journalism Network website and local and regional partner sites (we expect the stories will first be published or broadcast by a Fellow’s home media outlet).