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national foundation Fellowship 2006-07

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last date of submission 15th September 2006

12th National Media Fellowship Programme, 2006-07
Giving Voice to the Unheard

(For Print and Photojournalists)

National Foundation for India has a Media Fellowship Programme for young, mid-career journalists. The fellowships would allow them to take time off from their routine beats to research and publish articles/photo essays on issues concerning the less privileged, that need to be high on the national agenda, but do not find mention there for a variety of reasons.

The fellowships support pursuit of in-depth, creative field research on these concerns and writing about them with adequate evidence – qualitative and quantitative – to impact the public policy and the domain of social consciousness.

Seven fellowships will be awarded this year to print journalists out of which two fellowships will be awarded for projects with specific emphasis on conditions in rural areas. Two fellowships will be awarded to two photojournalists.

An additional fellowship supported by the American India Foundation will be awarded to two print journalists to research and publish articles on Distress Seasonal Migration and its Impact on the lives of Migrant Families, especially Children.

Journalists from small and regional language publications and non-metro areas are encouraged to apply. Women journalists are particularly welcome. Applicants must have demonstrated commitment to the development concerns of the less privileged in society.


To create greater awareness in the media about local and national development priorities
To strengthen public opinion regarding the need to take positive measures to support people-centered development
To facilitate a process of sensitization to development issues amongst media professionals
To promote effective communication that draws attention to development concerns and
To facilitate a more informed development policy dialogue


A wide range of issues of importance to ordinary Indians, their battle for a better life and development related issues including Community Health, Elementary Education, Livelihood Security, Local Governance, Peace and Justice, and Gender Equity.

Six months spread over a year, if necessary.

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowships are open to journalists working in any of the regional and national dailies and associated media. Freelancers frequently contributing to the press are encouraged to apply.
Early to mid-career status with 5 to 7 years of professional experience. Upper age limit is 40 years.
Out of the seven fellowships for print journalists, three would be awarded to journalists working in an Indian language newspaper.
The candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to a career in journalism and should have covered the issue in past.
It would be desirable for the successful applicants to take leave of about six months from their employers to work more productively on the chosen theme.
This fellowship cannot be held simultaneously with any other fellowships or a similar scheme of financial assistance.
Only such journalists who have not availed of any fellowships in the preceding year will be eligible.

Application Guidelines

Applications for the Fellowship Programme can be submitted in English or in any other Indian language. Applicants must include the following in their submissions:

A brief curriculum vitae with details of work experience and awards and fellowships held in the past three years.
The fellows will be selected based on a proposal to be submitted either directly or through a sponsoring editor. The proposal in about 1000 words outlining the particular thematic area in which the applicant would like to work, should include details regarding the specific geographical location of the study, methodology, the relevance of the theme selected, as well as the contribution it can make to the larger development debate in the country and mention the language of written communication.
Clippings of 5 articles (print journalist) must be sent along with the application. Three recent and two other articles of applicant’s choice.
Articles/photographs must have a byline.
Two references with address and phone/fax numbers.
Letter from their editor, approving their application. Freelance journalists should include two letters of recommendations from editors or media personalities familiar with their work
The grant for the photojournalist is to help him/her complete an on-going project of social importance.
Photojournalists must submit a written proposal as outlined above along with at least 10 images (minimum prints size: 8 inch X 10 inch) directly relating to the project for which the grant is being sought. These images must be of high photographic standard conveying the applicant’s grasp of using the language of photography. Applicants should also submit a portfolio of their selected work. All photographs will be returned to applicants.
The Foundation will get in touch with only the applicants who are selected for the fellowship programme.
All applications must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be considered.


The value of each fellowship, inclusive of honorarium, travel and contingency grant, is Rs 1,00,000.
The selected print journalist fellows will be expected to publish at least ten articles or reasonable number of photographs (in case of photojournalist) on the chosen subject during the period. Out of these at least three would be in-depth research articles/photo essays.
At the end of the fellowships period, the photojournalists will be expected to mount an exhibition of her/his works. The Foundation will meet an additional cost for mounting an exhibition for the photojournalist.
The Foundation has the right to use and/or reproduce wholly or partially the articles/photographs, arising out of the Fellowship Programme, in any of its publications, without any additional payment.
The support provided by the National Foundation for India Media Fellowships Programme should be suitably acknowledged in all the articles/photos.
The Foundation will facilitate wider publication/syndication of the articles/photo essays and assist in translation of those in regional languages, for wider dissemination.
Copyright and ownership of all work will rest with the awardees.

The applications must reach the Programme Officer not later than September 15, 2006.

The Foundation will be happy to give you more information about its activities as well as the Media Fellowship Programme.

Write to
Sentimongla Kechüchar
National Media Fellowship Programme
National Foundation for India
Zone IV A, Upper Ground Floor
India Habitat Centre
Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003
Phone: 2464 1864/65, 2464 8490-91; Fax: 91-11-2464 1867
E-mail: sentimong@nfi.org.in/info@nfi.org.in
Website: www.nfi.org.in

National Media Fellowships Selection Committee

An eminent committee of media experts advises the Foundation in selecting the awardees.

Print journalist selection committee:
Nirmala Lakshman – Convener
Ajit Bhattachareja
D.N. Bezboruah
K. Kunhikrishnan
P. Sainath
Rajiv Mehrotra
Usha Rai
Thomas Jacob
B.P. Sanjay
H.K. Dua

Photojournalist selection committee:
Raghu Rai
Prashant Panjiar
Pablo Bartholomew

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