International Reporting Project Fellowships Open To Journalists

The International Reporting Project, IRP, is now accepting applications for reporting fellowships on stories addressing health/development and religion.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide in-depth coverage of important, under-covered international issues.

Interested applicants may choose only one area of focus per application but must submit separate application forms for each if they would like to apply for both health/development and religion fellowships.

Concerning health/development, applicants may propose stories that examine maternal and child health; poverty; HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and other infectious diseases; nutrition and food security; education; access to roads and electricity; sanitation and water; sustainability; technology; equality and women’s rights.

The health/development fellowships are supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and have a strong preference for in-depth reporting from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Applicants interested in writing stories addressing religion will be expected to examine its role as a source of tension or conflict; its relationship to politics, economics or access to health, housing or clean water; its impact on art and culture, religion and human rights; or other issues.

The IRP encourages applicants interested in the religion fellowships to propose stories and destinations not covered by recent IRP fellows on religion.

The religion fellowships are supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Entries will be accepted until Monday, March 16.

The time spent in the field is flexible; fellows may propose to report for two to seven weeks. Fellows may also choose to extend their fellowships at their own cost.

IRP will purchase the fellows’ round trip air tickets to and from their homes and destinations, but all other travel must be arranged and paid by the fellow. IRP will offer a stipend based, in part, upon the budgets that all applicants must submit.

Travel on these fellowships must take place no sooner than two months and no later than four months after the fellowship is awarded.


Applications are open only to journalists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Malaysia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

Reporters and freelancers alike are encouraged to apply, and special attention will be paid to innovative forms of storytelling and projects involving new media.

Depending upon the proposal, teams of journalists may be considered; in that case, each journalist would apply separately, and mention their intention to work with another applicant in their essay.

The fellowships are intended for professional journalists who have worked for years as professionals and who have a record of outstanding achievement in reporting for influential media outlets.

This fellowship is not intended for students or for recent graduates without much professional reporting experience.



    How to Apply

    All applicants are required to fill out an application form. To access the application form, click here (

    Applicants are also required to submit a budget, which assists in determining the amount of the stipend. Typical costs include domestic transportation; fixers or translators; hotel accommodations; visas; food; and any other expenses related to reporting internationally. Fellows are not required to submit receipts or post-fellowship expense reports.

    For more information, interested applicants may access FAQs by clicking here (


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