Press Institute of India announces -UNICEF Fellowships for 2016


The Press Institute of India, Chennai and the UNICEF Office for Tamil Nadu & Kerala invite applications from middle-level working journalists in Tamil Nadu and Kerala for fellowships that are being offered for 2016


The 2016 Fellowships programme will focus on six high-priority issues affecting children in Tamil Nadu:

i. Maternal and infant mortality

ii. Malnutrition and anaemia

iii. Open defecation

iv. Ending violence against children

v. Substance abuse/use of tobacco among children

vi. Children and disability


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Recognising the need to make development issues related to children more visible, the Press Institute of India (PII) and UNICEF are pleased to announce a media fellowship programme


August 20, 2016 to December 31, 2016

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowship is open to journalists working in regional and national dailies and magazines in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Ideally, middle-level journalists with 5-10 years of experience in a newspaper or magazine are preferred. Candidates must demonstrate a certain commitment and should have covered pertinent issues related to children


The articles may be written in English, Tamil or Malayalam. If they are in Tamil or Malayalam, suitable translations have to be provided to PII-UNICEF

The Fellowship

The fellowship is a specially tailored to provide qualified journalists an opportunity to carry out field research and understand the dynamics and social norms, to write on the child rights issues with adequate evidence, based on the themes listed above

The value of each fellowship is Rs 50,000 (all-inclusive, including travel)

Fellowships this year (2016) will be awarded only to working journalists in Tamil Nadu and Kerala; however, if found suitable they may be extended to working journalists based elsewhere in India but keen to visit and write about issues relating to children in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Selection Process

A jury constituted by PII and UNICEF will review the applications, including the fellowship proposal and sample of published work material, before short-listing the journalists for interview. After interviews, selected journalists will be called for a half-day capacity-building workshop in Chennai, for an orientation about the background of fellowship, theme and deliverables. All selected journalists will be expected to attend the workshop


The application must consist of:

a) Background information and a resume/ CV

b) A proposal of about 500 words outlining the particular thematic area in which the applicant would like to work. This should include details regarding the 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.

c) Applicants must submit samples of their published work – three recent and two other articles of the applicant’s choice

The last date for submission of applications is 18th August 2016. Applications may be sent by email to or by post to “The Director, Press Institute of India, Second Main Road, CPT Campus, Chennai-600113”

Important Dates

The Last Date for Submission of Applications is 18th August 2016