SAARC lnformation Centre has institutibnalized a SAARC Media Fellowship which will be
awarded to the media persons of SAARC region.
SAARC Media Fellowship Programme is meant for the young, mid-career journalists
from SMRC region. The fellowships would allow them to take time off from their
routine SAARC beats to research and publish articles/photos, essays on issues
concerqing about regional cooperation and in turn to promote people to people to
contact by writing feature stories on SAARC csuntries.
The fellowship supports 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.
SAARC Media fellowships will be awarded to the journalists who are writing on SAARC or
covering lnternational issues in the rehowned D-aily Papers in the respective, Member
Countries. The Students of Journalism and Officers Trainee while undergoing their initial
training courses at National Media lnstitutes of the Member Countries would be
encouraged to apply for the fellowship individually or in a group.
To create gredter awareness in the media about local’ind national development
priorities especially SAARC issues;
To strengthen public opinion r:egarding the need to take positive measures to
support people-centered development and people to people contacU
To facilitate a process of sensitization to development issues arnongst media
to promote effective communication that draws attention to development
To facilitate a more informed development policy dialogue.
4 to 6 months
The fellowships are open to journalists working in any of the regional and national
daiiies and associated media. Freelancers frequently contributing to the prdss 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 five fellowships for print jouthalists, thlee would be awarded to
journalists working in English newspapers.
The candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to a career in journalism
and should have covered the issue in past.
This fellowship cannotlbd 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.
Applications for the Fellowship Programme can be submitted in English. Applicants
must include the following in their submissions:
A brief curriculuni-vitae with details of work experience, awards and fellowships held
in the past three Years.
The fellows will be selected based on a proposal to be subrtitted through Ministry"’of
External Affairs through a sponsoring editor. The proposal in about 1OO0 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 contribirtion it can
make to the lJrger development debate in the country and mention the language of
clippings of 5 articles (print journalist) must be sent tabout SAARC lssues) along with
the application. Three recent and two other articles of applicant’s choice.
Two references with address and phone/fax numbers’
Letter from their editor or Head of the Departmentr’rpproving their application’
Freelance journaliSts should inClude two letters Of recornmendations 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
The Committee for SAARC Media Feilowship will decide fellowships to be given to
the Journalists and will get in touch with only those applicants who are selected for
fhe fellowship programme.
All applications must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be considered’
The last date of receiving applications is April 30, 2012’
Value of the Fellowshio;
The value of each fellowship, inclusive of honorarium, travel and contingency grant,
is USD 40O0.
The selected journalist fellows will be expected to publish at least ten articles or
reasonable number of arti,cles in English language’
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