IWMF/African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowship

IWMF/African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowship

Deadline: April 1, 2016

The IWMF is pleased to announce the opening of applications for two reporting trip locations in July: the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Two groups of six women journalists will report from CAR and the DRC on issues related to civic engagement from July 12 – 24, 2016. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region.

The IWMF is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Since 1990, IWMF has celebrated the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through programs and grants they empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.


  • The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows;
  • The IWMF covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs;
  • Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.


  • Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media;
  • Open to all nationalities;
  • Fellows must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Application Process

Applicants are to complete the online application:

For more information, visit IWMF.