Call for applications: India Science Media Fellowships 2019 open for Indian Journalists to Report on Life Sciences ~ helpBIOTECH

03 March 2019

Call for applications: India Science Media Fellowships 2019 open for Indian Journalists to Report on Life Sciences


The India Science Media Fellowships 2019 is a joint venture of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) and Nature India to encourage coverage of science in the Indian media.
The 2019 fellowship is open for Indian journalists to report on life sciences, specifically around biomedicine, application-based or basic biological research and health. The fellowship will provide a grant of INR 100,000 to five grantees selected through a nation-wide call for applications.



Selected fellows will have the opportunity to create a strong body of work by publishing or broadcasting stories in their respective media outlets. The larger objective is to enable and enrich public understanding of science and related policy issues through leads presented by the stories. 
Fellows will be invited for a two-day orientation workshop in New Delhi. They will have the opportunity to connect with science and communication experts and mentors to deliberate on nuances of communication and dynamics of impactful reportage. The cost for travel and accommodation for the grantees to participate in the orientation workshop will be met by the organisers.
Fellowship: The Fellowship is meant to cover expenses to be incurred for field travel, research and writing/broadcasting. This will be paid in two instalments; one at the beginning of the fellowship and the other on completion of publishing the required number of stories.
Fellowship Themes: Applicants can choose to focus on life sciences, biomedicine, application-based or basic biological research, and health. Media fellows can look at ongoing research in laboratories and centres of higher learning, scientific conferences or peer reviewed science and elsewhere for their story ideas during the fellowship. Possible story sources and mentors will be discussed during the workshop.
Eligibility: Professional journalists, including freelancers, in print, broadcast or new media in English or any Indian regional language, with at least three years of demonstrated experience in writing on science or related issues. Fellows who choose to write in a regional language should be proficient in written English too.
Duration of Fellowship: Six months, during which fellows must complete their submissions.
Fellowship Criteria: Fellows must produce at least FIVE stories (each 1000 words or more) on the selected topic. Two short news items (500 words each) will constitute one story, and if a fellow opts to produce only news stories then TEN stories will be required for completion of the fellowship. Similar guidelines will be issued for any selected radio, television or multimedia journalists.
Application Deadline: 28 March 2019. Selected applicants will be notified within 15 days.
To apply for the Fellowship, complete online application form here: www.bit.do/ISMF2019. Use ONLY Google Chrome to submit this form.
For enquiries, please write to ISMfellows@gmail.com
Download the press release of the ISMF2019 launch event here

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