Health Investigations Fellowship 2020 by openDemocracy, London [Monthly Stipend Rs. 1.5L]: Apply by Feb 16

By: Jasmeet | 10 Feb 2020 8:42 PM

openDemocracy, an independent global media platform invites applications from meritorious and eligible candidates for the 2020 Health Investigating Fellowship: Tracking the Backlash.

openDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash project investigates organized opposition to women’s and LGBTIQ rights across the world. As a feminist media project, we also support more young reporters to do this work with practical fellowships.


Working closely with our Health editor, Kerry Cullinan, the fellow will focus on investigative journalism projects that track and challenge the health impacts of organized opposition to sexual and reproductive rights. In practice they will:

  • Conduct desk research as part of pre-reporting and planning for investigative projects on issues related to sexual and reproductive health
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of editorial and partnership strategies to maximize the impact of our investigations
  • Track and evaluate the impact of investigations including by compiling a short case study report summarising key outcomes and learnings.

The fellow will be expected to dedicate 40 hours a week to this work. Throughout, they will receive ongoing mentorship and be invited to attend training workshops. They will, of course, be credited for all investigations they work on.

  1. We are looking for applications from journalists with some experience in health or science reporting who are interested in developing their skills in this area while working on impactful investigations.
  2. As this is a specialist fellowship, you will get more out of this opportunity if you have at least 3-5 years of previous work experience.
  3. Familiar with, and interested in, the topics and trends covered by openDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash investigative project.
  4. Comfortable with interviewing a range of people from health experts to ordinary people
  5. Familiarity or interest in learning the basics of scientific research (to for example be able to read and understand scientific journal articles)
  6. The fellow can be based anywhere in the world with reliable internet access though we particularly encourage applications from women and LGBTIQ candidates living in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Caucasus, which are regions where Tracking the Backlash is expanding.
How to Apply?

Submit your application online, in English, by Sunday 16 February 2020 at 11:59 pm GMT, including your CV and examples of your previous work.

Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here.


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