As part of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting
Initiative, the IWMF will select teams of two women journalists to travel
to Gulu, Uganda and Juba, South Sudan to
report on regional migration from March 14 to March 31, 2018. Reporting fellows
will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they
will complete a comprehensive security and first aid
training from March 15 to 18.
Fellows will depart for ten days of in country
reporting that will be split between Uganda and South Sudan. The group will
have access to five days of in-country reporting (March 19 to 24) from the
first country, followed by five days of in-country reporting in the second
location (March 25 to 30). The IWMF will determine the order of the South Sudan
and Uganda trips based on story plans of fellows selected. 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 day trips outside the base
locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF
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.
All team applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Affiliated or freelance women
journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience
working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional
- 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's March 2018
Cross-border Reporting Fellowship is open to pairs of women journalists.
Both applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint
application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews. Individuals
cannot apply for this reporting fellowship. The IWMF encourages team
applications that include African journalists.
To apply, we recommend using a shared email
address to create your Submittable account and submit your application. 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. Application notifications sent through
Submittable will go to the email address associated with the account.
Accepting applications from November
7 2017 to December 5, 2017 at 11:59 EDT.
Please note the application deadline above. Do
not follow the counter on Submittable.
See a complete sample application here.