IWMF May 2018 Reporting Fellowships to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Fully Funded)

Call for Applications: Reporting Fellowships to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, May 2018

Application Deadline: February 19, 2018 at 11:59 EST (Washington, DC).

The IWMF is pleased to announce reporting trips to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in May 2018. The IWMF will select two groups of women journalists to travel to Kigali and Kinshasa and will focus on Agriculture and Climate Change and Civic Engagement, respectively. This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Work from previous IWMF Great Lakes Fellows has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world. The IWMF will continue to lead reporting trips to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda through 2018.


  • 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.
  • Non-native English speakers must have professional written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicants must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publications 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 trip will take place from May 2nd until May 18th, which includes travel dates. All fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and an orientation about the Great Lakes Region and the reporting trip locations from May 3 to 6.
  • Fellows will depart for 10 days of in-country reporting on May 7, and begin reporting from May 8 to May 17, and 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 situations 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.



For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IWMF May 2018 Reporting Fellowships


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