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Fellowship: Reporting on Human Rights and Media Freedoms in Africa

Country: Africa
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Applications call for Fellowship: Reporting on Human Rights and Media Freedoms in Africa

Are you a journalist covering issues/events on civil society, media, gender, labor, LGBTQI+ or environmental and Indigenous rights? Would you welcome additional funding to help tell important, untold human rights-related stories from across Africa?


The Consortium to Promote Human Rights, Civic Freedoms, and Media Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (CHARM-AFRICA) is inviting journalists, media professionals, and producers to apply for the 2020 Media Fellowship, which runs from September 2020- February 2021. The fellowships are part of CHARM-Africa’s ongoing work to protect and expand the space for civil society organizations and human rights defenders, as well as nurture and enhance the effectiveness of independent media and journalism in the region.

This fellowship will support selected candidates to report on key issues that explore restrictions on civic freedoms, including the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association, as well as human rights – with a specific focus on women, labor, LGBTQI+, environmental and Indigenous rights, and the rights of journalists and activists.


This fellowship award includes:

  • A cash award of $3000 to cover time and expenses.
  • Introduction and access to sources.
  • Introductions and connections with CIVICUS Alliance members.
  • Invitation to CIVICUS and CHARM virtual events.
  • Opportunity to network with other media professionals working on similar issues.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Fellowship: Reporting on Human Rights and Media Freedoms in Africa is open to journalists from Africa, who publish or broadcast with local, regional, national, or international media organizations.
  • The fellowship welcomes applications from journalists covering issues/events on civil society, media, gender, labor, LGBTQI+, and environmental and Indigenous rights.
  • Multi-skilled journalists who can produce content for different platforms preferred.

Application Requirements

To apply for Fellowship: Reporting on Human Rights and Media Freedoms in Africa, you have to provide the following:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • The motivation for applying, this may be a short video (1:30) of yourself outlining why you would want to participate in this fellowship, or any other format.
  • Three professional references;
  • Three examples (links) of published work by you on related issues.
  • Letter of an agreement to participate and publish from editor or producer.


An outline (maximum 3 pages) of your proposed reporting project, which includes:

  • At least 3 story ideas on the key areas of civil society, media, gender, labor, LGBTQI, or environmental and Indigenous rights that you would cover. (150-200 words each).
  • Publication information
  • Please indicate where the stories will be published

Send your applications to [email protected] by Friday, August 28, 2020.

More information available here


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline28 August,2020
Open toAll



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