For the first time, MSF Southern Africa and MSF India are offering MSF Southern Africa / India Media Fellowship for the year 2018. These projects have focused primarily on HIV/TB, healthcare for mobile and migrant populations, and treating the consequences of sexual and gender-based violence.
The MSF Media Fellowship aims at building or strengthening rapport with the media stakeholders in South Africa and to promote a greater practical understanding of issues surrounding access to essential medicines related to ongoing reforms in intellectual property legislation.
They are Doctors Without Borders (MSF). They don’t care how long it took to get here – they care about using every second to save a life. They help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.
- Application Deadline: May 16, 2018
- Course Level: This fellowship is available to Professional journalists, including freelancers, working in print, television or online media in South Africa.
- Study Subject: Since 1999 MSF Access Campaign – an arm of MSF set up to push for access to, and the development of life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for patients in MSF programmes and beyond.
Two major challenges to access to healthcare for patients in South Africa and other developing countries are:
- The high cost of medicines and,
- The absence of appropriate and effective treatments for many diseases including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, pneumonia, cancer and neglected diseases (including Chagas disease, sleeping sickness and kala-azar).
- Scholarship Award: The fellowship programme will cover international and local travel costs, accommodation, interpreters, daily support expenses as well as production costs. The funds will either be disbursed in weekly installments or once off. It is mandatory to produce and submit actual bills and invoices for all the expenditure incurred.
- A fellowship to the total value of Euro 3,500
- The fellowship will cover round-trip air tickets to India, local travel while in India, accommodation, per diem and other administrative issues
- To provide all the necessary support i.e. visa processing, payment for required vaccinations among other administrative issues
- Briefings from MSF experts on (medical) humanitarian principles and our work
- Briefings from other MSF experts—based on the topic chosen.
- Access to field projects, relevant networks of experts and patient groups? and facilitation of the journalist for a pre-decided time frame
- Nationality: Available for South African Journalists.
- Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
- Scholarship can be taken in India
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
Eligible Countries: The fellowship is available for South African Journalists.
Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
- Professional journalists, including freelancers, working in print, television or online media in South Africa.
- Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of three to four years of professional experience of covering health, business, the pharmaceutical industry, intellectual property related issues, public policy and/or related issues.
English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
How to Apply: Please submit your cover note, proposals and scan the documents to the attention of Angela Makamure via e-mail.
Interested journalists should send the following the documents with their application
- 2-page Curriculum Vitae along with a cover letter
- Copies of the previous reporting on health or IP issues
- Crucially, applicants have to deliver a strong proposal demonstrating some initial research and story angles outlining their possible focus area while in India and how it is linked to the in South Africa (700-word proposal)
- Letter of recommendation from the professional referee (other than the editor) detailing the applicant’s journalistic abilities and aptitude for the fellowship.
- Applicants must provide a ‘letter of support’ from the editor of their current employer/editor assuring Fellows time/leave for 4 weeks and agreeing to publish the articles written by the Fellows in their publication. Freelancers must also provide a supporting letter from the editor of a publication agreeing to use the articles
- Applicants must have at least a national diploma or degree in Journalism, media or communications
- Applicants should have a valid passport