As part of its African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, DRC, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda between 2015-2018. By 2019, more than 250 women journalists will have helped reshape media narratives about the African Great Lakes region. Please subscribe to receive email updates and application deadlines.
The first three days of each reporting trip will consist of comprehensive security training and an orientation. Fellows then depart for one week of in-country reporting where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The IWMF pays for 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.
- Affiliated or freelance women journalists currently working full time in the news media, with three (3) or more years of professional experience. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
- Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome 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.
- For each application cycle, applicants must choose one reporting trip to apply for.
- The application asks for the following: basic personal information, CV, work samples, a statement of interest including detailed story pitches, a plan for publication, and a letter of support from an editor or a proven track record of publication.
- All applications materials must be submitted in English.
- See a complete sample application here.