ICIMOD Media Fellowship 2013 – a Pilot Initiative

ICIMOD recognizes the media’s role in spreading awareness to researchers, policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public on various issues related to climate change and sustainable mountain development. Therefore, acknowledging the crucial role journalists play in their readers’ lives, ICIMOD is introducing this seminal Fellowship programme. The Fellowship focuses on Northeast India which is not only extremely rich in biodiversity resources, but also lies in the frontline of climate change and natural hazards.

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The primary goal of ICIMOD Media Fellowship 2013 is to help strengthen capacity of environmental journalists from Northeast India. The Fellowship aims to facilitate a deeper understanding of issues related to climate change and sustainable mountain development. The Fellowship is linked up with ICIMOD’s regional programmes and initiatives and the Fellows will receive guidance from ICIMOD experts in writing better stories with deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Fellowship targets early to mid-level journalists with 3 to 5 years of professional experience from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim in Northeast India.
  • Journalists working for any mainstream media - print, broadcast, or web/ online  -  will be considered.
  • Journalists working in non-English media are welcome to apply, but must indicate proficiency in English, as English is the working language of the Fellowship.
  • The candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to career in journalism and should have covered environmental issues in past.

Value of the Fellowship:

  • The value of the Fellowship, inclusive of honorarium, travel, research, and contingency grant is USD 600.
  • 75% of the grant  will be disbursed in advance and 25% on completion and submission of story
  • Successful fellows must publish/broadcast at least 3 products in English language or local language.

Guidelines for Application: 

To qualify for the Fellowship, applicants should apply to before 15 August 2013 and provide the following information: 

  • A cover letter with updated curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • A concise description of your intended project (maximum 2 pages) based on the selected themes/ topics. 
  • Choose themes/ topics and project sites from Annex 1: ICIMOD Working Areas in Northeast India (Download Form)
  • A short project timeline including associated travel/research and publication/ broadcast of stories (should not exceed 3 months).
  • Two recent articles on climate change and sustainable development (including title, date of publication/ broadcast, web link to the stories).
  • A signed and stamped letter from the editor of a reputed newspaper/ radio / TV / web-based publication indicating an interest to use your stories. 
  • Two references with contact details of the referees.

Note: Your application will not be considered if any of the above mentioned criteria is not fulfilled. 

Selection Process:

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, including experts, from ICIMOD. Only successful applicants will be notified via email.  ICIMOD will acknowledge the receipt of your application, but will not entertain inquiries regarding the status of your application or the results of the Fellowship.

Inquiries regarding the status of applications will not be entertained.