2016 IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Trip for Journalists to Central African Republic & DR Congo (Fully Funded)


Application Deadline: April 1st 2016

REPORTING TRIP DATES: CAR and the DRC: July 12 – 24, 2016



The trip to CAR will be based in Bangui. The trip to the DRC will be based in either Kinshasa and Goma or Lubumbashi and Goma. Travel outside these base locations will be limited by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should plan their story pitches in accordance with messaged locations.

The International Women’s Media Forum is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for two reporting trip locations in July: the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Two groups of six women journalists will report from CAR and the DRC on issues related to civic engagement from July 12 – 24, 2016. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region.

These reporting fellowships are part of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crises in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

To date, 65 IWMF-supported journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported stories on topics including rural development, conservation, and the impact of aid. Their work has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world.

During the next four years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to CAR, the DRC, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. By 2019, more than 250 reporters will contribute to covering critical narratives in the region.


  • Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media.
  • All nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Fellows must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.


    The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows.
  • The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.
  • Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Trip



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