IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative 2016 for Women Journalists. (Reporting Trip to DRC,Rwanda & Uganda- Fully Funded)


Application Deadline: October 3rd 2015

Rwanda/DRC: January 26 – February 12, 2016
Uganda: January 26 – February 8, 2016

The International Women’s Media Foundation is pleased to announce its first ever cross-border reporting trip to Rwanda/DRC and second reporting trip to Uganda.

Ten women journalists will report on conservation and sustainable agriculture in Rwanda/DRC from January 26 – February 12, 2016.

Concurrently, a group of six journalists will cover themes of democracy and governance in Uganda from January 26 – February 8, 2016.

These opportunities are part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region.

Over the next four years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. By 2019, more than 250 reporters will have together reshaped traditional media narratives about this complicated region full of promise.

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 and focus countries. Fellows then depart for about one week of in-country independent reporting from Rwanda/DRC or Uganda, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and meet with sources and discover sites relevant to their reporting.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Applicant must be a woman journalist.
  • Applicant must have at least 3 years professional experience in journalism. Journalists working in print, broadcast, or digital media, including freelancers, are eligible.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant 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.

Application Guidelines

  • Applicant may not submit one application for multiple countries or trips. She must submit a complete application and story plan for each country for which she wants to apply.
  • Applications include basic details, a statement of interest including a researched story pitch, CV, work samples, and either a letter of support from an editor or a proven track record of publication.
  • All applications materials must be submitted in English.

Apply Now for the Rwanda/DRC reporting trip

Apply Now for the Uganda reporting trip

For More Information:

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


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