India Science Media Fellowships 2019

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EligibilityJournalists with at least 3 years of experience
AwardFellowship grant of INR 1 Lakh

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About the Program

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) in a joint venture with Nature India invites applications for the India Science Media Fellowships 2019 from Journalists with at least 3 years of experience in writing on science or related issues. The fellowship provides the selected journalists with the opportunity to win a fellowship grant of INR 1 LakhThe key objective of the fellowship is to enable and enrich public understanding in the field of science and other related policy issues through leads presented by stories. 

Scholarship Details
  • India Science Media Fellowships 2019 DeadlineClosed

    The following applicants are eligible for the fellowship: 

    • Professional journalists (including freelancers, new media, in print or broadcast in English or any Indian regional language).
    • They must have at least 3 years of experience in writing on science or its related issues.

    Note: The fellows choosing to write in any of the regional languages should be proficient in written English too.


    A total of 5 fellows will be selected who will receive a fellowship grant of INR 1 Lakh. The fellowship covers expenses to be incurred for research, field travel, and writing/broadcasting. The selected fellows also get an opportunity to attend a 2-day orientation workshop in New Delhi, the travel and accommodation cost for which will be met by the organisers. The fellowship grant will be paid in the following way: 

    • First Instalment: At the commencement of the fellowship
    • Second Instalment: After publishing the required number of stories.

    The following documents are required to be attached along with the application: 

    • Scanned copies of three published stories.
    • Letter of support from the editor of a media outlet where the applicant's story will be published.
    How can you apply?

    Follow the steps to apply: 

    Step 1: Access the application form.
    Step 2: Fill in the application form with the necessary details. 
    Step 3: Attach the required documents. 
    Step 4: Submit the application.

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Terms and Conditions
  • Applicants have the following options to choose for the research stories:
    • Life Sciences
    • Biomedicine
    • Application-based or basic biological research
    • Health
  • Media fellows can analyze the ongoing research in laboratories and centres of learning, scientific conferences or peer-reviewed science and elsewhere for ideas for their story during the fellowship. The possible sources and mentors of the story will be discussed during the term of the workshop.
  • The fellowship is tenable for 6 months during which the fellows must mandatorily complete their submissions.
  • Fellows are required to produce at least 5 stories (minimum 1000 words each) on the topics selected. Two compact and short news items (500 words each) will constitute one story. 
  • If a fellow chooses to generate only news stories then 10 stories will be required for finishing the fellowship. Similar guidelines will be issued for any selected radio, television or multimedia journalists.
  • The selected applicants shall be notified within 15 days of submitting the application. 
  • The applicants are advised not to use the Internet Explorer to fill the fellowship form and only use Google Chrome for the purpose.
  • Any files that are uploaded will be shared outside of the organization they belong to.

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