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NWMI fellowship for women journalists

NWMI fellowship for women journalists

A new NWMI initiative for promising women journalists

The Network of Women in Media, India, a forum for women media professionals from across the country, seeks to support promising women journalists working in challenging situations, remote areas or conflict zones, often without regular pay or proper equipment. Young women from Adivasi, Dalit and minority communities face immense hardships while trying to be journalists. Many new entrants to the profession do not have access to professional training or mentoring, and several such struggling journalists are even denied the bylines that could help build up their body of work. Yet, we know they represent a pool of immense talent and commitment to journalism that could bloom, given a little encouragement.

The NWMI Fellowship, spontaneously initiated in 2017, aims to support deserving women journalists as an act of professional solidarity. The fellowship is entirely based on voluntary contributions of money, material and other resources from members of the network.

Previous recipients of the NWMI fellowship are Jayanti Buruda and Ambika Raja

The fellowship consists of:

  • a modest monthly stipend for one year
  • refurbished equipment such as laptop, camera, smart phone, voice recorder
  • contacts with media houses and editors
  • mentorship to help pitch ideas, present and edit stories
  • skill sharing

Application criteria

Women journalists who are residents of India, from Adivasi, Dalit, religious/ethnic minority or other disadvantaged groups, working in any Indian language, in any medium – print, television, radio, online – as well as photojournalists are eligible to apply.

Application process

Applicants must write to with their CV and two sample(s) of their journalistic work (preferably published), along with a covering letter describing the circumstances in which they function. While the work samples can be in any Indian language, the covering letter must be in English.

Applications will be screened by a selection committee comprising NWMI members and shortlisted candidates will be requested to have a conversation with one or more committee members over Skype or phone.

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