The NWMI Fellowship aims to support young women from Adivasi, Dalit and minority communities who face immense hardships while trying to be journalists. Many new entrants to the profession do not have access to professional training or mentoring, and several such struggling journalists are even denied the bylines that could help build up their body of work. Yet, we know they represent a pool of immense talent and commitment to journalism that could bloom, given a little encouragement.
The Fellowship was initiated in 2017, and is entirely based on voluntary contributions of money, material and other resources from members of the network.
- a modest monthly stipend for one year
- refurbished equipment such as laptop, camera, smart phone, voice recorder
- contacts with media houses and editors
- mentorship to help pitch ideas, present and edit stories
- skill sharing
Women journalists who are residents of India, from Adivasi, Dalit, religious/ethnic minority or other disadvantaged groups, working in any Indian language, in any medium – print, television, radio, online – as well as photojournalists are eligible to apply.
Applications for the annual fellowship are open annually, with details shared on the network’s Google group, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Applicants must write to firstname.lastname@example.org with their CV and two sample(s) of their journalistic work (preferably published), along with a covering letter describing the circumstances in which they function. While the work samples can be in any Indian language, the covering letter must be in English.
Applications will be screened by a selection committee comprising NWMI members and shortlisted candidates will be requested to have a conversation with one or more committee members via Zoom.