Cultural Survival Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship 2021 (Up to $2,500 USD)

Cultural Survival Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship 2021 (Up to $2,500 USD)

Deadline: March 5, 2021

Applications are open for the Cultural Survival Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship 2021. The fellowship supports Indigenous youth communicators in building their capacity as radio broadcasters and journalists through specific training, community radio visits and exchanges, radio production, conference attendance, and other educational opportunities.

With years of experience coordinating capacity building efforts through workshops, conferences, radio station exchanges, facilitating the development of regional networks, and supporting advocacy efforts to legalize and democratize community media, Cultural Survival elevates the experience, assets, and expertise of the communities that they partner with through their Indigenous Community Media Fund. They believe that it is crucial to listen and respond to the self-determined needs of the communities in order to provide support that is sustainable and most importantly, pertinent to the needs of the community. Indigenous youth are the future of their communities and developing youth leadership is an integral part of ensuring communities’ well being.


  • Each fellow receives $2,500 USD to implement their project during a 8 to 10 month period.


  • Open to Indigenous youth between the ages of 17 and 25.
  • Access to the internet and other forms of communication to creatively collaborate with other fellows and to participate in video conferences.
  • Commitment and motivation to learn about technology, program development, work of other community radios, and the international promotion of Indigenous rights.
  • Applicants must be able to work and travel independently and be responsible for implementing their proposed projects. The project can be submitted individually or by a collective of youth from a community radio station.
  • Applicants must reside in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa or northern India.
  • The project budget must be no more than $2,500 US dollars.
  • Present a letter of recommendation from either a traditional authority or Indigenous community media authority in your community. 

The Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship Project is guided by the following priorities:

  • Project themes to include:
    • Land defense
    • Strengthening and revitalization of Indigenous cultures
    • Protection and promotion of the human rights of Indigenous Peoples
    • Promotion and strengthening of Indigenous languages
    • Promotion of Indigenous women’s leadership and participation
    • Revitalization of ancestral knowledge
    • Youth empowerment and participation
    • Decolonization approaches
  • If your proposal is a group application, they recommend:
    • Including the participation of young Indigenous women
    • Equal distribution of responsibility and resources
  • Your proposal must be designed to:
    • Strengthen capacity in journalism
    • Develop radio content on topics related to (but not limited to) the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), decolonized history of Indigenous Peoples, protection of lands and resources, Indigenous women’s rights, Indigenous youth issues, cultural and ancestral heritage, national legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights
    • Build skills in audiovisual technology
    • Use free, open source software that facilitates the editing and creation of informative content
    • Support the development of new capacities in the community through training and workshops that help the development of new communication projects


If your proposal is chosen, Cultural Survival staff will contact the applicant to obtain additional information. The proposal application is designed to be accessible for youth with different abilities. The application deadline is March 5, 2021.

Download the application form

For more information, visit Cultural Survival.