Unique media fellowship opportunity for Odia, Malayalam and Tamil journalists to work on

Unique media fellowship opportunity for Odia, Malayalam and Tamil journalists to work on "Gendered Impacts of COVID-19". Apply soon.

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published Published on Sep 7, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 7, 2020

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation is offering fellowship for Odia, Malayalam and Tamil journalists. The theme of the MSSRF fellowship is "Gendered Impacts of COVID-19" dealing with gender and health, focusing on post COVID-19 situation in rural India, on how coronavirus changed women's lives.

Entitled Mina Swaminathan Media Fellowship for Gender and Development, the fellowship offers a unique researcher-media partnership for journalisrs to focus on gender and development, particularly in rural India.  

Job Code: MMSSFM27820

Mode of Application: Applications to be submitted with the following enclosures: Covering letter with statement of motivation on applying for the Fellowship, a profile / CV of not more than three pages, writing samples in the language for which the Fellowship is being applied for, samples should have been published over the previous one year, covering gender, development and / or COVID-19 (maximum five samples including original links), two letters of references from experts familiar with the work of the applicant. The decision of the Selection Committee will be final. MSSRF encourages all suitable applicants, especially women, writing in the three regional languages, to apply for the Fellowship. Application must clearly indicate “MMSSFM27820” with Job code.

Please send the applications by email before 10th September, 2020 to:

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
Third Cross Street, Institutional Area, Taramani, Chennai 600 113
Email: [email protected]

Last Date of application: Thursday, September 10th, 2020, 5PM IST


1. Consistent writing on the subjects of gender, development, environment and rural concerns over the past six months
2. Additional stories or recent published articles related to COVID and their work on gender dimension will be an added advantage
3. Full-time / part-time journalist / contributor with regular publication standing in popular mainstream media platforms – print, and / or web.
4. Language – For 2020, three journalists will be selected, from Tamil, Malayalam and from Odia media.
5. Proficient linguistic skills through their media work.

Under the fellowship, two well-researched articles in mainstream media, a policy brief and a seminar on the theme have to be delivered.

Duration: 3 months

Remuneration: Consolidated Fellowship, Award and Citation

For more information, please go to the URL: https://www.mssrf.org/content/mina-swaminathan-media-fellow-2020

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