IWMF June 2018 Reporting Fellowships for Journalists (Fully Funded to to El Salvador & U.S./Mexico Border )

Application Deadline: March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (New York

The IWMF is pleased to announce its Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico Border: Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas. A group of journalists will report on Rural Security and Development from San Salvador, El Salvador. Concurrently, another group of journalists will cover Trade and its Human Impact from the U.S./Mexico Border: Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the border. These opportunities are part of the Adelante Reporting Initiative. The work of the 95 IWMF Adelante Fellows has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world. The IWMF will continue to lead reporting trips to Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Mexico-United States border until 2020.


Both trips will take place June 14 – 29, 2018, which includes travel dates. All Fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete a four-day, comprehensive security training and an orientation about Latin America and Adelante focused countries from June 14 – 18. Fellows then depart for a nine-day, independent or team reporting trip in San Salvador or Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the U.S./Mexico border.

Fellows will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting. The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in both locations. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.

Eligibility Requirements:


  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience;
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply;
  • 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 show proof of interest 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 within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates.
  • 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. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.


The IWMF will accept online applications from February 20 – March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (New York). Apply using the IWMF’s Submittable page.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico Border


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