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India Science Media Fellowships 2019 by India Alliance and Nature India: Apply by March 28

By: ushma | 06 Mar 2019 11:20 AM

India Science Media FellowshipsThe India Science Media Fellowships 2019 is a joint venture of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) and Nature India to encourage coverage of science in the Indian media. Apply By March 28.

About the Fellowship:

The 2019 fellowship is open for Indian journalists to report on life sciences, specifically around biomedicine, application-based or basic biological research and health.

Selected fellows will have the opportunity to create a strong body of work by publishing or broadcasting stories in their respective media outlets.

The larger objective is to enable and enrich public understanding of science and related policy issues through leads presented by the stories.

Fellowship Award:
  • The fellowship will provide a grant of INR 100,000 to five grantees.
  • Fellows will be invited for a two-day orientation workshop in New Delhi.
  • They will have the opportunity to connect with science and communication experts and mentors to deliberate on nuances of communication and dynamics of impactful reportage.
  • The Fellowship is meant to cover expenses to be incurred for field travel, research and writing/broadcasting.
  • This will be paid in two installments; one at the beginning of the fellowship and the other on completion of publishing the required number of stories.
Fellowship Themes: 
  • Applicants can choose to focus on life sciences, biomedicine, application-based or basic biological research, and health.
  • Media fellows can look at ongoing research in laboratories and centers of higher learning, scientific conferences or peer-reviewed science and elsewhere for their story ideas during the fellowship.
  • Possible story sources and mentors will be discussed during the workshop.
Eligibility: 

Professional journalists, including freelancers, in print, broadcast or new media in English or any Indian regional language, with at least three years of demonstrated experience in writing on science or related issues. Fellows who choose to write in a regional language should be proficient in written English too.

Duration of Fellowship:

Six months, during which fellows must complete their submissions.

Fellowship Criteria: 
  • Fellows must produce at least five stories (each 1000 words or more) on the selected topic.
  • Two short news items (500 words each) will constitute one story, and if a fellow opts to produce only news stories then TEN stories will be required for completion of the fellowship.
  • Similar guidelines will be issued for any selected radio, television or multimedia journalists.
Application Deadline: 

March 28.

Selected applicants will be notified within 15 days.

To apply for the fellowship, click here.

Contact:

Email: ISMfellows@gmail.com

For further information, click here.

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