As part of the IWMF’s partnership with Malaria No More, four journalists will travel to Rwanda from September 16-27, 2019 (11 days total: 9 days in country and 1 travel day each way) for a reporting fellowship on Rwanda’s efforts to end malaria, the impact U.S. investments in supporting those efforts are having on Rwandan women and girls, and the role that women are playing in leading the fight against malaria. 

Fellows will participate in high-level briefings from experts at the outset of the trip to inform their reporting, and will have the opportunity to gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to the reporting trip theme, to network with other journalists, and to report collaboratively with their peers. 

Travel for reporting will be within a three-hour radius of Kigali. 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, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. 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.

Application Instructions: The IWMF's 2019 Rwanda Reporting Fellowship is open to individuals. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support. 

We are accepting applications from May 30, 2019 until June 23, 2019 at 11:59 EST

The fight against malaria 

Malaria is one of oldest and deadliest diseases, devastating families, communities, and countries for millennia. Women and children are disproportionately impacted by this preventable, treatable disease. 

Since 2000, sustained efforts by the U.S. and partner governments, non-profit organizations and individuals saved 7 million lives and prevented more than 1 billion cases, representing one of the greatest public health success stories of our time. 

Despite tremendous gains, malaria cases in the highest burden countries increased in 2016 and 2017, according to WHO’s World Malaria Report 2018, putting progress to-date at risk. Today, more than half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, and a child dies every two minutes from this preventable disease. 

Yet, we have the tools to end malaria. Continuing U.S. leadership and increasing investments by malaria-affected and donor countries to end malaria will save millions more lives, mostly pregnant women and children in Africa, and unlock immeasurable human potential. 

Rwanda and malaria

Between 2000 and 2011, Rwanda reduced malaria cases by more than 80%. Like many other high malaria burden countries in Africa, malaria cases in Rwanda started rising again in 2012, but then Rwanda reversed course beginning in 2016. According to the WHO, Rwanda was one of only 4 countries globally that succeeded in driving down malaria cases between 2016 and 2017. For the first time since 2011, Rwanda reported a reduction in cases, with 430,000 fewer cases reported in 2017 compared with 2016, while most other high burden countries continued to see case increases. 

With more than 12 million people and surrounded by countries carrying the highest burdens of malaria, Rwandans, from President Paul Kagame to community health workers, are striving to make Rwanda malaria-free. To do this, they’re working through an extensive network of public sector health centers and community health workers, and in close collaboration with partners, such as the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Much of Rwanda’s recent decrease in malaria cases can be attributed to community-level actions, support from an array of local and international partners, including PMI and the Global Fund, countrywide scale up of bed net distribution and vector control in high burden districts. 

Eliminating malaria has many positive impacts on a country’s health and economy, women’s empowerment and professional opportunities, girls’ education, health systems strengthening, global health security and more. Ending malaria means more women and girls unlocking their full potential. With the world’s first female majority parliament, Rwanda is a leader in seeking gender equality. There are many stories to tell in Rwanda about the challenges and successes of fighting malaria to create positive impact for women and girls. 

Apply by June 23, 2019 at 11:59 EST. 

Please review a sample application here

Eligibility Criteria All fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women-identifying journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • We encourage all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people of all nationalities 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.

About the IWMF

Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, reporting opportunities and funding avenues specifically for female journalists. We are making more women’s bylines possible and work tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide. 

About MNM

Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. More than a decade into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation.

As part of the IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, Adelante, six journalists will travel to Medellin, Colombia from September 26 to October, 11 2019. All reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City on September 26, where they will complete a comprehensive security and first aid training (HEFAT) from September 27 to 30. Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting in Medellin, Colombia and the surrounding area. The focus of this reporting trip is to generate media coverage of under-reported issues in Colombia and promote new narratives in the international media. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report collaboratively with their teammates and peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The feasibility of trips outside of the base location in Colombia will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols. Any travel must be within a three-hour radius of the base location. 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, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. 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.


Eligibility Criteria 

Journalists may apply for this reporting fellowship individually or in a pair. All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women-identifying 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 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.


Application Instructions

The IWMF's 2019 Medellin, Colombia Reporting Fellowship is open to both individuals and pairs of journalists. If applying as a pair, both applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews. The IWMF highly encourages team applications that include at least one journalist from Latin America. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a shared statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support.

We are accepting applications from June 4 until July 14, 2019 at 11:59 EDT (Washington, DC time). Please note the application deadline above. Do not follow the counter on Submittable.

Please review the sample application here.

En el marco de la iniciativa Adelante, seis periodistas viajarán a Medellin, Colombia del 26 de septiembre al 11 de octubre de 2019. Las becarias comenzarán su viaje en la Ciudad de México el 26 de septiembre, donde participarán en una capacitación para trabajar en ambientes hostiles y de primero auxilios para emergencias (HEFAT) de cuatro días del 27 al 30 de septiembre. Después del taller, las becarias reportarán desde Medellin, Colombia y sus alrededores para nueve días. El objetivo de esta beca es generar cobertura sobre temas importantes que normalmente no reciben suficiente atención y promover nuevas narrativas en los medios internacionales. Durante el viaje, las becarias tendrán la oportunidad de reportar en equipo, trabajar en colaboración con otras periodistas y acceder a diferentes fuentes y sitios relacionados con sus historias. La posibilidad de viajes afuera de Medellin, Colombia será analizado caso por caso y se determinará de acuerdo con los protocolos de seguridad de la IWMF. La IWMF facilitará viajes hasta tres horas de distancia de Medellin. La IWMF organizará el viaje y la logística en el país para todas las becarias. La IWMF también cubrirá los costos relacionados con la beca en el marco del viaje periodístico, entre otros, viaje, alojamiento, comidas y asistentes/intérpretes, al menos que el medio de prensa de alguna periodista en particular desee asumir estos costos. La IWMF también cubrirá los costos de las visas, pero las becarias que viven fuera de los Estados Unidos son responsables de realizar los trámites para obtener las visas necesarias.  


Criterios de elegibilidad

Las candidatas deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Periodistas que se identifican como mujeres de todas las nacionalidades que sean afiliadas con medios o freelancers y con por lo menos tres años de experiencia profesional de trabajo en medios informativos. Las pasantías no cuentan. 
  • Periodistas que no son hablantes nativos de inglés deben tener un buen nivel de ingles hablado para poder aprovecharse de las capacitaciones.
  • Las postulantes deberán poder demostrar que cuentan con el apoyo de unx editorx de un medio o tener una reconocida trayectoria de publicación en medios importantes.


Instrucciones de solicitud

El viaje periodístico está abierto a periodistas individuos y a equipos de dos (2) periodistas. Si aplican como equipo, ambas candidatas deben satisfacer los criterios de elegibilidad y entregar una aplicación conjunta. Se ofrecen entrevistas de grupo a los equipos que están seleccionados. La IWMF recomienda que al menos una periodista por pareja sea de América Latina y el Caribe. Ambas candidatas deben proveer sus datos personales y muestras de trabajo, además de entregar una declaración de interés, un plan de trabajo, un plan de publicación y una carta de respaldo compartida.

Aceptaremos solicitudes del 4 de junio al 14 de julio de 2019 a las 11:59 EDT (hora de Washington, DC). Por favor tenga en cuenta la fecha límite. No siga el contador de Submittable. 

Por favor vea un ejemplo de una solicitud seleccionada aquí.
 

As part of the IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, Adelante, four journalists will travel to Cúcuta, Colombia from September 26 to October, 11 2019. All reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City on September 26, where they will complete a comprehensive security and first aid training (HEFAT) from September 27 to 30. Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting in Cúcuta, Colombia and the surrounding area. The focus of this reporting trip is to generate media coverage of under-reported issues in Colombia and promote new narratives in the international media. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report collaboratively with their teammates and peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The feasibility of trips outside of the base location in Colombia will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols. Any travel must be within a three-hour radius of the base location. 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, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. 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.

Eligibility Criteria
Journalists may apply for this reporting fellowship individually or in a pair. All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women-identifying 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 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.


Application Instructions
The IWMF's 2019 Cúcuta, Colombia Reporting Fellowship is open to both individuals and pairs of journalists. If applying as a pair, both applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews. The IWMF highly encourages team applications that include at least one journalist from Latin America. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a shared statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support.

We are accepting applications from June 4 until July 14, 2019 at 11:59 EDT (Washington, DC time). Please note the application deadline above. Do not follow the counter on Submittable.

Please review the sample application here.

En el marco de la iniciativa Adelante, cuatro periodistas viajarán a Cúcuta, Colombia del 26 de septiembre al 11 de octubre de 2019. Las becarias comenzarán su viaje en la Ciudad de México el 26 de septiembre, donde participarán en una capacitación para trabajar en ambientes hostiles y de primero auxilios para emergencias (HEFAT) de cuatro días del 27 al 30 de septiembre. Después del taller, las becarias reportarán desde Cúcuta, Colombia y sus alrededores para nueve días. El objetivo de esta beca es generar cobertura sobre temas importantes que normalmente no reciben suficiente atención y promover nuevas narrativas en los medios internacionales. Durante el viaje, las becarias tendrán la oportunidad de reportar en equipo, trabajar en colaboración con otras periodistas y acceder a diferentes fuentes y sitios relacionados con sus historias. La posibilidad de viajes afuera de Cúcuta, Colombia será analizado caso por caso y se determinará de acuerdo con los protocolos de seguridad de la IWMF. La IWMF facilitará viajes hasta tres horas de distancia de Cúcuta. La IWMF organizará el viaje y la logística en el país para todas las becarias. La IWMF también cubrirá los costos relacionados con la beca en el marco del viaje periodístico, entre otros, viaje, alojamiento, comidas y asistentes/intérpretes, al menos que el medio de prensa de alguna periodista en particular desee asumir estos costos. La IWMF también cubrirá los costos de las visas, pero las becarias que viven fuera de los Estados Unidos son responsables de realizar los trámites para obtener las visas necesarias.  

Criterios de elegibilidad
Las candidatas deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Periodistas que se identifican como mujeres de todas las nacionalidades que sean afiliadas con medios o freelancers y con por lo menos tres años de experiencia profesional de trabajo en medios informativos. Las pasantías no cuentan. 
  • Periodistas que no son hablantes nativos de inglés deben tener un buen nivel de ingles hablado para poder aprovecharse de las capacitaciones.
  • Las postulantes deberán poder demostrar que cuentan con el apoyo de unx editorx de un medio o tener una reconocida trayectoria de publicación en medios importantes. 


Instrucciones de solicitud

El viaje periodístico está abierto a periodistas individuos y a equipos de dos (2) periodistas. Si aplican como equipo, ambas candidatas deben satisfacer los criterios de elegibilidad y entregar una aplicación conjunta. Se ofrecen entrevistas de grupo a los equipos que están seleccionados. La IWMF recomienda que al menos una periodista por pareja sea de América Latina y el Caribe. Ambas candidatas deben proveer sus datos personales y muestras de trabajo, además de entregar una declaración de interés, un plan de trabajo, un plan de publicación y una carta de respaldo compartida.


Aceptaremos solicitudes del 4 de junio al 14 de julio de 2019 a las 11:59 EDT (hora de Washington, DC). Por favor tenga en cuenta la fecha límite. No siga el contador de Submittable.

Por favor vea un ejemplo de una solicitud seleccionada aquí

La IWMF cree que todas las historias deben promover una diversidad de voces, perspectivas y los derechos de las mujeres y otras comunidades marginadas. Además, cree que la diversidad y la inclusión en los medios de comunicación es fundamental para la democracia y la libertad de expresión y es esencial para la creación de sociedades más equitativas.   

¡Exprésate!, la iniciativa de la IWMF en América Latina busca apoyar la producción de periodismo de alta calidad por y sobre las mujeres y las personas de las comunidades LGBTIQ+ en El Salvador y Guatemala. En este marco, ¡Exprésate! lanzará un programa de desarrollo profesional para periodistas de El Salvador y Guatemala, de 12 meses de duración, con énfasis en los derechos de las mujeres y las comunidades LGBTIQ+. 

La IWMF seleccionará a 15 periodistas de cada país para participar en la iniciativa. Esta oportunidad estará abierta para periodistas mujeres, hombres, trans, personas no binarias, y +. Al menos el 50% de las participantes serán personas que se identifican como mujeres. La oportunidad está abierta para periodistas independientes y periodistas que trabajan en medios de comunicación. Se dará atención especial a periodistas comprometidos en replicar y compartir sus aprendizajes y herramientas con otros periodistas.

Los participantes recibirán capacitación y apoyo de expertos en medios y derechos humanos, con un enfoque en temas relacionados con la orientación sexual y la identidad de género. Esto incluirá una serie de talleres, foros comunitarios y capacitaciones de seguridad física y digital. Los talleres y foros comunitarios reunirán a las redes feministas y LGBTIQ+ junto con periodistas para fomentar líneas de comunicación, comprensión y mayor respeto por la igualdad de derechos. Además, el programa impulsará la realización de proyectos periodísticos con acompañamiento de tutores. Estos proyectos vincularán a periodistas internacionales especializados en estos temas con periodistas del país comprometidos con el avance de la justicia social y la igualdad. Los participantes también tendrán la oportunidad de recibir subvenciones competitivas para financiar la realización de sus reportajes.  


Entre los temas a tratar en el programa se incluyen:

  • El panorama actual de los medios y la cobertura que hacen sobre los problemas de las mujeres y las comunidades LGBTIQ+
  • El lenguaje a utilizar, incluyendo definiciones y terminología apropiadas y buenas prácticas
  • Un análisis de privilegios y prejuicios ¿Cómo examinarnos para asegurar que éstos no afecten nuestra cobertura?
  • Los derechos humanos desde la perspectiva del género y los mecanismos de derecho internacional que los garantizan. 
  • Análisis regional: ¿Cómo son los derechos de las mujeres y las comunidades LGBTIQ+ en otros países de Latinoamérica?
  • Religión y creencias: su influencia en la sociedad. Abordajes para la cobertura de los derechos de las mujeres y las comunidades LGBTIQ+
  • Diversidad y pueblos originarios
  • Seguridad física y digital para coberturas


Todos los costos de los participantes serán pagados por la IWMF, incluyendo transporte, alimentos y alojamiento. El programa ¡Exprésate! se realizará en un periodo de 12 meses, empezando en el 2019, con una duración de dos días por módulo.

Los participantes seleccionados recibirán una capacitación para trabajar en ambientes hostiles y de primeros auxilios para emergencias del 22 al 25 de agosto del 2019.


Requisitos para aplicar: 

  • Tener un mínimo de dos años de experiencia en periodismo 
  • Demostrar que ha publicado investigaciones y reportajes en los últimos dos años 
  • Enviar dos referencias laborales 
  • En caso de trabajar para un medio, presentar una carta de autorización autorización para participar en las capacitaciones y actividades del programa firmada por el medio. 
  • Ser una persona nativa de Guatemala. Las excepciones serán revisadas por caso.


La convocatoria está abierta hasta finales de mayo o hasta que el programa esté lleno. La IWMF aceptará a los participantes de forma continua.

Para más información, visite nuestro sitio web.

The International Women's Media Foundation is thrilled to launch its first security training for journalists based in the United States this fall. We are committed to helping improve the ability of journalists to report safely in an increasingly complex world. This initiative is supported by the Grant for Equity in Reporting from the CBS Corporation. The four day HEFAT course will take place in Slidell, Louisiana from September 8-11, 2019 before ONA19 in New Orleans. It will be offered with RPS Partnership and will be designed for US-based, women-identifying journalists with at least one year of full time professional journalism experience. The IWMF will select up to 20 journalists to participate and seeks to support journalists who have not had the opportunity to receive security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds. The IWMF will arrange travel and lodging for all participants. To learn more about our HEFAT courses, please visit our website here.

The application period is from June 18 to July 18, 2019 via Submittable.

In 2013 we established the IWMF Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting.

The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance woman reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

The IWMF seeks qualified experts to review applications for our portfolio of programs. We receive thousands of applications each year for our unique funding opportunities for women reporters around the world; in 2017 we plan to award more than $300,000 in small grants in addition to fellowships in East Africa and Latin America.

You can support the IWMF’s mission by volunteering to help us select potential fellows and grantees with just a few hours each month. All you need is an Internet connection and a passion for supporting the next generation of media leaders. 

Ideal reviewers are journalists, academics, and/or professionals with an interest in supporting gender equity in the news media. Reviewers will be responsible for evaluating applications based on set guidelines and will review batches of approximately 30 applications per cycle on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are seeking reviewers for the IWMF’s programs including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women's Stories, the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante.    

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