EJN Fellowships for Journalists to cover UN Ocean Conference 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal (Fully-funded)

EJN Fellowships for Journalists to cover UN Ocean Conference 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal (Fully-funded)

Deadline: March 7, 2020

Applications are invited for the EJN Fellowships for Journalists to cover UN Ocean Conference 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Fellowship is part of the Ocean Media Initiative carried out by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN).

The UN Ocean Conference 2020 is focused on supporting the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14), which is to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” This year’s conference will be focused on how science and innovation can be used to scale up action on ocean conservation. This will be the second UN conference focused on SDG14, with the last event held in 2017.

Selected Fellows will be required to attend the entire length of the conference in Lisbon from June 2-6, 2020. Fellows will also benefit from two days of orientation and special briefings prior to the conference.


  • EJN will cover non-refundable economy-class airfare, accommodation, meals and transportation costs of selected Fellows.
  • They will also facilitate the press accreditation process and provide any other support relating to the trip. Please note that the process of obtaining any necessary visas is the Fellow’s individual responsibility. Visa costs can be reimbursed, however.


  • Selected participants must be professional journalists or represent an established media house.
  • Applications are open to journalists from any country, but they expect to select:
    • Four Fellows from a Portuguese-speaking country;
    • One Fellow to be from the UK;
    • The remaining Fellows to be from a country in the Global South.

Applicants must also:

  • Be available to arrive in Lisbon on May 30 so they can attend orientation and stay until June 7; 
  • Commit to participate in all Fellowship activities;
  • Provide a letter of support from an editor, producer or supervisor who can confirm that your news reports will be published or broadcast in an established media outlet. Freelancers are welcome to apply but must provide a letter of support from a media outlet they intend to report for.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for evaluating applicants include:

  • The prospective Fellow’s demonstrated experience covering marine issues and other environmental topics
  • Their interest in continued coverage of these issues, and
  • The audience reach of the proposed media outlet.


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For more information, visit EJN Fellowships.