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Fellowship for Journalists
National Media Fellowship Programme

Recognizing the need to play a proactive role in bringing development concerns more prominently to the public agenda, in 1994 the National Foundation for India launched its National Media Fellowship Programme. The fellowships aim to incorporate areas of social and development concerns not only for their own merit but also for the purpose of media sensitization to bring development concerns to the realm of public consciousness in order to facilitate a more informed development policy discourse. The Foundation awards between nine and twelve fellowships each year. Under the fellowship the print journalists are expected to research, write and publish with a byline 10 articles on their chosen topic. Photojournalists are expected to write and publish five photo essays and mount an exhibition of his/her work at the end of the fellowship period. The details regarding applications for the fellowship are publicized in May each year, following which applications are open till the end of September.

AIC Young Media Fellowships

The Australia-India Council (AIC) has opened applications for the 2013 AIC Young Media Fellowships. Young Indian print and television journalists can apply. The fellowship will encourage development of networks between Indian and Australian journalists and media organisations, and expose young Indian journalists to Australia. In 2013, AIC will award four fellowships, each comprising of AUD $8,000. This grant will cover international airfares, domestic travel, accommodation and other expenses, and will also assist journalists establish contacts in Australia.

Fulbright-Nehru Communication Fellowship

The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowship offers Indian professionals with an interest in the communications field to study abroad at a U.S. university. Presented by the United States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF), these fellowships are intended for journalists who exemplify leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a U.S. undergraduate degree, have more than three years of work experience and plan to return to their home country with a greater understanding of the communications field. The communications field of study includes print, broadcast, online, media management and communications research. These one-to two-year fellowships also aid journalists in bringing them closer to receiving their master’s degree. All travel, tuition and living expenses will be covered by the fellowship.

Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme offers fully funded fellowships to well established midcareer journalists from throughout the world. Around eight Thomson Reuters Fellows study each year on fully-funded fellowships varying from three months to nine months drawn from dozens of countries around the world from both print and broadcast media. Fellowships may be for three, six or nine months covering one or two terms or a full academic year respectively. Awards may include travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance (subject to variation). Spouses and partners (including with dependents) are welcome but the programme will not pay the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents. Applicants must have a minimum of five years' experience in any branch of journalism and demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to be able to write a research paper in English of publishable quality. Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the areas of focus of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Prem Bhatia Research Scholarship

(Convenor at the Press Institute of India )
The Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust seeks to promote excellence in journalism in India by raising public consciousness and giving annual awards for achievement in the field. In addition to the Prem Bhatia Award for journalism (Rs. 1.5 Lakh) there are 2 scholarships each valued at Rs. 75,000.00. There is also an annual award of Rs.1,00,000.00 to a journalist for the best reporting on Environmental or Development issues.
Age: below 35 years. Value: Rs 40,000, in installments for one calendar year, from the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust. These scholarships are offered to young journalists who needs financial assistance for research on any aspect of current print journalist and its impact on society.

The Times Fellowships Council

One fellowship (of up to Rs 1.5 lakh) is awarded each year to a person of any field. The fellows may conduct their work and write their reports in English, Hindi, or any of the modern Indian languages. Eligibility: An independent professional, or working in the middle levels of government, industry, institutions etc.; have proven professional credentials in their field; wish to take time off to enrich their intellectual capital and pursue a project of national importance. Age: Below 50 years.

Charles Wallace India Trust

The Charles Wallace India Trust announces several visiting fellowships (including the Iqbal Sarin Visiting Fellowship in Journalism) every year, in collaboration with overseas universities. These are available for Indian nationals only. Applications are accepted and processed by the British Council offices in India. In over 30 years CWIT has made around 2700 grants. British Council India advises on CWIT’s work and gives valuable administrative support including guidance on applying for a visa.

Social Science International Scholarships 2013

The University of Sheffield offers Social Science Scholarships to Indian undergraduate students starting their studies in September 2013 in any of the following departments: East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Geography, Information School, Journalism, Politics, Sociological Studies, Town and Regional Planning. The scholarships are worth £1,500 per year each.

Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai

In a bid to improve the quality of life of less privileged sections of the Indian population, there are also schools that now seek to encourage those belonging to India’s minority groups to enter the burgeoning field of journalism and therefore specific scholarship programs are especially intended for the minorities. The Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai, India, is one establishment that offers full scholarships to Dalit students, for instance, which students may employ towards acquiring a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.

Prabha Dutt Fellowship in Journalism

Sanskriti Pratishthan an organization that works towards cultivating an environment for the preservation and development of the artistic and cultural resources has instituted a fellowship in the field of Journalism. The Prabha Dutt Fellowship in Journalism encourages young women who wish to investigate and research on any topic of contemporary relevance. This fellowship will be given every year. The purpose of the Fellowship is to encourage young mid career women journalists to develop their potential by pursuing meaningful projects without having to work under the pressures of short deadlines. The Fellowship carries a grant of Rs 1,00,000 including travel expenses.

British Chevening scholarships

British Chevening scholarships are offered in over 150 countries, across the globe to study in the UK. Up to 100 Indian professionals receive financial assistance each year for the duration of their studies. Its website is

John S Knight Fellowships

Knight Journalism Fellowships foster journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Knight Fellows receive a stipend of $55,000, paid in 10 monthly instalments during the academic year from September through June. The programme also pays Stanford tuition for each fellow. To help offset the high cost of living in the Palo Alto area, the Knight Fellowships provides supplements for housing, child care, health insurance and helps pay for books. It is open to all journalists from outside the US, including anchors, photographers, Web editors, producers and cartoonists.

Nieman Fellowships

The Nieman Foundation selects 12 international journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. The foundation also chooses three Nieman Fellows in Global Health Reporting each year: one from the United States, one from Europe and one from the developing world. The Nieman Fellowships are awarded to journalists of accomplishment and promise who have demonstrated a capacity for growth and leadership and whose application statements argue persuasively that their experience at Harvard will improve their abilities as journalists.

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

n the conviction that a strong, free press is essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy, the late Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, conceived a fellowship program that would both impart American journalistic traditions and respond to worldwide interest in the dissemination of fair and accurate news. Since 1984 the Alfred Friendly Press Partners has trained nearly 300 journalists from 78 countries. The fellowship program begins in March with a two-week orientation seminar in Washington. The fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic U.S. travel, health insurance and provides a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses. Applications should be sent before September 1 each year. In mid-March of the following year, the fellows begin their fellowship in Washington, DC with a two-week orientation session before they spread out to major and mid-sized American cities until September, when they return to Washington, DC for four days before returning to their home country.

Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Scholarship Fund

The United Nations sponsors the Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Scholarship Fund for young, working journalists to come to New York to report on General Assembly sessions for their home media from mid-September to mid-December. Journalists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America between the ages of 25 and 35 who are currently full-time employees of a newspaper or broadcast news service with an excellent level of English are eligible to apply. The scholarship includes round-trip airfare to New York City, room and board, health insurance and a small stipend for basic expenses.

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. The International Fellowships Program provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential and commitment to community or national service, as well as for academic excellence.

Jefferson Fellowships for Journalists

The Jefferson Fellowships, founded by the East-West Center in 1967, are aimed to promote better public understanding of the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands through a program of dialogue, study and travel for print and broadcast journalists. The fellowship, offered two times a year, is an immersion course on cultures and current issues of the region. The programme begins at the East-West Center with a week of lectures and discussions on key regional issues led by East-West Center, University of Hawaii and other experts from the Honolulu community. The Fellows then undertake field study in Asia and the United States mainland to further their understanding of the issues.

Chevening South Asia Journalism Scholarship

The theme for the 2013 programme is ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: challenges to the media, politics and accountability. Aimed at high-flying, mid-career journalists, the programme is an eight-week fully funded Scholarship at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Westminster, London. The programme aims to offer a unique learning experience that will sharpen critical thinking and leadership skills for media professionals from the sub-continent. For 2013, the Scholarships will enable 14 exceptional candidates – six from India, five from Pakistan, two from Nepal and one from Bhutan - to prepare themselves for high responsibilities in their media organisations and relationship building in the region, by developing their analytical insights, strategic outlook and knowledge of key issues facing South Asian media and the role of news in a technologically, politically and economically changing world.

Gerda-Henkel Fellowship for Journalists in the field of Humanities

In cooperation with Oxford University and the Reuters Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation awards a journalism fellowship within the renowned Reuters Foundation Programme. The fellowship offers a six-month study opportunity at Oxford University and covers the costs for travel, accommodation and tuition fees. Each fellow will have to present a lecture on his/her research topic and will be assigned to an academic advisor who will support the fellow’s research work. Print and broadcast journalists from any country in the world who carry out research in the field of Historical Humanities, particularly in Art History, Modern and Ancient History, Legal History or Islamic History.

Prabha Dutt Fellowship

Sanskritipratishthan (C-ll, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016) offers Prabha Dutt Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. The purpose of the fellowships is to encourage dedicated women journalists to pursue meaningful projects including a research on a book in English, Hindi or any regional language. It is exclusively for print journalists . A grant of Rs 1,00,000 will be provided which will include travel expenses.