About the Fellowship
To support credible and independent journalism, the National Foundation for India has launched the media fellowship programme for independent journalists. Under the programme, several grants will be made to independent journalists on a rolling-basis every quarter, beginning November 2020.
- The inaugural round is in English. The subsequent rounds would be open to Indian languages as well.
- This program provides journalists with both financial and editorial support throughout the grant-period cycles.
- If required, NFI will provide editorial support to guide and help the grantee to report better.
- NFI will aid the grantee in publishing the stories with different media organisations.
In the current round, they invite applications for stories to be published in print and digital formats in English.
The story is reported deeply, evidence-based and well-investigated. The story could be a news-break, a news analysis or a news feature. It could be specific to the region or geography you report. We want to support stories that do not stop at merely reporting an incident or an event but draw these out in the context of larger trends in governance, society and the political economy.
The story could be on one of these themes or on the intersection of these themes. This is an indicative list and not an exhaustive one.
- How governments, businesses, people, communities and societies are responding to contemporary challenges in India.
- The political economy of resources, resource-capture and corruption. Contests and conflicts over natural resources
- Malgovernance. Or, good governance.
- Livelihoods and rights of people.
- Public health challenge in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
- Functioning of essential services and social security schemes.
- Workings of businesses and economy that impact society, rights and resources.
- Social cooperation and innovation in the face of new challenges.
- Civic and fundamental rights of citizens.
- Evidence-based trends in how our societies are changing.
- Stories that focus on lives of the most vulnerable.
Who can Apply?
Journalists who meet the following two criteria:
- Independent journalist not engaged on a full-time basis with any media organisation.
- Journalists residing in India outside the six metropolitan cities of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkota, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
- Each grantee will be given INR 30,000 to publish one story on a broad range of themes and issues of public interest, reported in depth over one month.
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.
Dec 15, 2020
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