About the Fellowship
Applications are now open for the first edition of the ‘India for Mental Health Fellowship’. Four reporting fellows will cover Mental Health and Mental Illness from an India lens. The fellowship will cover travel and research costs.
The first edition of the fellowship aims to cover four regions of India, to encourage original reportage that highlights gaps in coverage or policy, with a focus on marginalised communities, while centring the narrative around persons with lived experience, and adhering to the highest ethical standards.
- Freelance reporters with 5-7 years of experience and above
- Reporters with multimedia experience and who send pitches for varied formats will be preferred
- Applicants must demonstrate an interest in reporting on mental health, policy and health issues
- Initial pitch must include references to data, interviews and studies that delve deep into some of the mental health and illness issues in India
- Familiarity with English plus Hindi and/or other regional languages is required (Full-time reporters who are interested can reach out with their editors’ approval)
Fellows would be responsible for research, interviews, finding case studies, and reporting–in an ethical manner. Stories would be published by IndiaSpend, The Health Collective, and a national news partner. IndiaSpend will share the stories with its syndicate partners, who may choose to republish them.
Pitches and reports would be featured on:
- The Health Collective
- One national media publication/channel
Themes for coverage include but are not restricted to:
- Suicide prevention in India
- The role of faith healers in the treatment of mental illness in India
- Understanding schizophrenia
- Mental illness and insurance
Fellowship budgets (up to INR 75,000) would include:
- Reporter’s payment
- Editorial/research expenses
- Travel costs
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.
Jan 31, 2020