Inclusive Media Fellowships for Journalists 2011

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published Published on Sep 7, 2011   modified Modified on Sep 7, 2011

(Application deadline Friday September 30, 2011)

Inclusive Media for Change, a CSDS-based initiative that runs a clearing house of ideas, information and alternatives on India’s rural crises (, invites applications for media fellowships for journalists in English and Hindi for 2011.

The ideal candidates would be willing to spend two to three weeks with rural communities and write series of stories or make radio/ TV programmes on grassroots issues that require wider coverage and policy debates. The fellowship duration is three to six weeks and the amount is Rs. 150,000 including travel and incidental expenses.

The fellowships are open to journalists working for newspapers/ magazines/ radio or TV channels on themes of India’s rural crises. The topics/ projects chosen must be about happenings/ issues/ positive interventions/ policy alternatives in the areas of rural livelihoods, agrarian crises, rural environment, distress migration, hunger/ malnutrition, public health, and quality of teaching and learning at primary levels. The fellows will be given a chance to refine their project proposal after their selection. 

The final output of the selected Inclusive Media Fellows will be in the form of stories or series of reports/ articles/ radio or TV packages to be carried by the media platforms sponsoring the candidates with due acknowledgement to the Inclusive Media Project of the CSDS. Out of the fellowship duration of up to six weeks, two to four weeks are assigned for news/ material gathering and the remaining two weeks for writing/ producing/ editing or compiling the information gathered.  

All professional journalists employed by news outlets and free lancers (who can provide evidence of support from a publication/ media organization) are eligible to apply. The media organization will have to give an undertaking that the final output of the fellowship would be used in their publications in a format of their choice (i.e., series of reports, travelogues, edit/ op-ed articles, documentary film or TV/radio packages).

The last date for applications is Friday September 30, 2011. The selection will be done by a jury of eminent journalists and development thinkers. A part of the fellowship money will be given as advance in order to fund the initial research and travels, and the rest will be given after receiving the evidence of the project’s completion.    

The applications should include a cover letter and the candidate’s CV (strictly within 3 A4 pages) along with the following:

1. A clearly defined project proposal not to exceed 500 words

2. A break up of at least 5 story ideas based on the project proposal (within 200 words)

3. A rough break-up of travel/ boarding requirements (within Rs. 55,000)

4. Two samples of published work (or Radio/TV programmes) in English or Hindi

5. A supporting letter from the editor assuring leave for 4 weeks and agreeing to use the fellowship output in the publication
(Free lancers must procure a supporting letter from the editor of a publication/ channel agreeing to use the fellowship output)

6. A letter of recommendation about the candidate’s past record, journalistic abilities and suitability for the project.


1. The verdict of the fellowship jury will be final.

2. All payments will be subject to TDS rules.

3. The Inclusive media project will suspend or withdraw the grant/ advance payment if the fellow fails to complete the project and publish its outcome. For further clarification please read the rules at the Inclusive Media project site ( under the head “Fellowships’ on the Home page. The candidates are strongly advised to read the rules before applying.

4. The outcomes of the fellowships will also be put on the website (

Send your completed application and CV in Microsoft Word format along with scanned copies of your clippings to the following email address:
Application sent to us by emails will be promptly acknowledged.
Those sending emails please write "Inclusive Media Fellowship 2011" in the subject line.
However, if for any reason you cannot send it by email, or if you want to send a hard copy as well as the email, please do so by speed post or courier to the following address:
Inclusive Media Fellowship 2011
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)
29, Rajpur Road
Delhi 110054

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