2014 SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship for the Global South

2014 SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship for the Global South

Deadline: October 10, 2014

SciDev.Net invites applications for the Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship. The Fellowship aims to encourage Investigative Science Journalism in the Global South and to enable a journalist to carry out a detailed investigation. The Fellowship is open to all science journalists living and working within non-OECD countries who are employed by or freelance for a media outlet.

This Fellowship will support a journalist who would otherwise not be able to carry out this work. It will be judged by a panel of highly credible and respected professionals working in science journalism. The fellowships will provide a cash prize (£3500/$5837), laptop, mentoring support from experts in science journalism, and training/conference opportunity.

SciDev.Net is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development. This fellowship is supported by the Association of British Science Journalists with funding from the International Development Research Centre.

Prizes and Fellowship Stages

There will be two stages to the Fellowship Programme:

Stage One

  • Eligible applicants should apply using the application form provided
  • Prize money will be awarded to three successful applicants who will be shortlisted – £500 GBP/$834 USD
  • Winners will then further develop their proposal (over the course of 1 month) and start discussions with an editor for publication or broadcast of their investigation .

Stage Two

One individual will be selected from the three candidates by a judging panel to receive:

  • A prize of £3500 GBP/$5837 USD
  • A laptop to complete their investigation
  • 4 mentoring session from each of the judging panel (up to 45 minutes via telephone or Skype) to assist in completing the final investigation
  • Attend a relevant conference or training event, for which reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.
  • Be ‘attached’ to one of our regional news desks where our regional coordinator will provide specialised support in reporting on science news from a regional and global development perspective.
  • Editor/staff at the media outlet that the winner is connected to will have the option to participate in a workshop with SciDev.Net about improving/investing in science news
  • Ongoing support from SciDev.Net where required

The final piece will be published by SciDev.Net and hopefully the media outlet to which the Fellow is attached.


All journalists for the fellowship must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be based in a non-OECD country
  • Be employed or freelance for a media outlet or organisation
  • Have a track record of reporting original stories for media
  • Be working in one of the following: print, broadcast or online

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Focus on science and development
  2. Originality and investigative features
  3. Coherence and accessibility
  4. Ground breaking/innovative aspects
  5. Feasibility of investigations

Find out more about the Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidance before applying.

For more information, visit SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship.