The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications for reporting fellowships on women’s rights or LGBTI rights.
11:59pm EST December 12th, 2016 is the deadline for applications that require travel in January and February 2017. Applications will re-open in January 2017 for travel on or after March 2017.
Applicants may propose any stories that focus upon women’s rights or LGBTI rights (or both). Topics might include:
- gender- and orientation-based discrimination and violence;
• human trafficking;
• early marriage;
• the role of culture and religion;
• reproductive, sexual and maternal health;
• vulnerability to and leadership on climate change;
• the effects of conflict upon marginalized communities;
• and other topics.
Special consideration will be given to applicants from and projects in Central America, Francophone West Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
- Staffers and freelancers alike are encouraged to apply.
- The fellowships are intended for professional journalists who have worked for years as professionals and who have a record of outstanding achievement in reporting for influential media outlets. (This fellowship is not intended for students or for recent graduates without professional reporting experience.)
How to Apply
- All applicants must fill out an application form. There is no deadline for applications; they will be considered on a rolling basis.
- Each proposal must include an essay of at least 1,000 words describing the stories they would produce during the fellowship. IRP supports stories in a variety of media, including print, online, radio, television, photography, blog posts, social media and video.
- Applicants are also required to submit a budget, which assists in determining the amount of the stipend. Typical costs include international and domestic transportation; fixers or translators; hotel accommodations; visas; food; and other expenses related to reporting internationally. We do not typically cover immunizations or travel insurance. Fellows are not required to submit receipts or post-fellowship expense reports.
- Applicants will suggest the amount of time they would spend in the field, from two to seven weeks. (Fellows may also choose to extend their fellowships at their own cost.)
- A telephone interview with finalists will also be a part of the selection process.
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