SAARC Media Fellowship Programme 2012

SAARC Information Centre has institutionalized 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 SAARC region

SAARC Media fellowships will be awarded to the journalists who are writing on SAARC or covering International issues in the renowned daily papers in the respective Member Countries


The students of Journalism and Officers Trainee while undergoing their initial training courses at National Media Institutes of the Member countries would be encouraged to apply for the fellowship individually or in a group


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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 five fellowships for print journalists, three 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 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

Duration: 4 to 6 months

Application: Applications for the Fellowship Programme can be submitted in English

Applicants must include the following in their submissions

A brief curriculum 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 submitted through Ministry of External Affairs 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 (about SAARC Issues) 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 Department, 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

The Committee for SAARC Media Fellowship will decide fellowships to be given to the Journalists and will get in touch with only those applicants who are selected for the fellowship programme

All applications must be typed

Handwritten applications will not be considered

Value of the Fellowship: The value of each fellowship, inclusive of honorarium, travel and contingency grant, is USD 4000

The selected journalist fellows will be expected to publish at least ten articles or reasonable number of articles in English language

Application, complete in all respect, should reach to Under Secretary (XP), External Publicity Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi, Email [email protected]

The last date of receiving applications is 30th April, 2012