Applications are invited for Journalism Fellowship Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) for 2018. Applicants, including freelance writers, must be currently engaged with media institutions or are actively pursuing journalism as a full-time profession.
The 2018 Program aims to shed light on how disinformation happens in Southeast Asian countries in different contexts that affect various human rights: public participation, religious, ethnic and cultural discrimination, gender rights, and freedom of expression and other civil liberties (including press freedom).
SEAPA is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation campaigning for genuine press freedom in Southeast Asia. Established in Bangkok in November 1998, it aims to unite independent journalists’ and press-related organizations in the region into a force for advocacy and mutual protection. SEAPA’s goal is to provide a forum for the defence of press freedom, giving protection to journalists and nurturing an environment where free expression, transparency, pluralism and a responsible media culture can flourish.
- Applications Deadline: September 10, 2018
- Course Level: The 2018 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship is open to mid-career journalists.
- Study Subject: The Disinformation and Governance Journalism Fellowship is an opportunity for writers from print, broadcast and online media to contribute toward greater understanding of how disinformation networks operate and their impact or role in governance.
- Scholarship Award: Successful participants shall receive a maximum reporting grant of USD 2,000 each to produce well-researched and timely in-depth reports. Each successful fellow will be given between 30-50 percent (%) of the approved grant (depending on the submitted, approved budgets) upon acceptance to the program; the remainder, upon approval of the final reporting output.
- Nationality: Applicants must be bona fide citizens of any of the Southeast Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
- Number of Scholarships: Between six (6) and 10 participants will be selected for the 2018 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship.s
- Scholarship can be taken in Thailand
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
Eligible Countries: Applicants must be bona fide citizens of any of the Southeast Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
The 2018 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship is open to mid-career journalists with at least five (5) years of experience in print, broadcast, and/or online media. Applicants, including freelance writers, must be currently engaged with media institutions or are actively pursuing journalism as a full-time profession. Journalist applicants may team up with researchers, public-interest bloggers, or citizen journalists, provided they take the lead role in the development of their proposed stories.
Applicants must be bona fide citizens of any of the Southeast Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam; and have the ability to understand and communicate in English.
The following are strongly encouraged to apply:
- Women journalists
- Journalists working outside the country capital
- Journalists working in alternative or community media
Cross-border reporting proposals, or coordinated stories on different countries in the region, are highly encouraged. These may be submitted in the form of joint proposals to produce the minimum output for a single fellowship or as coordinated proposals or multiple grants, with each participant producing the required output for one fellowship.
Team reporting applications, including cross-border reporting involving two or more countries in the region, will be accepted, provided that the proposal identifies a lead reporter who shall be responsible for the final output. In such cases, each team application, if approved, will be entitled to one grant, the amount of which will be based on the approved budget.
English Language Requirements: Applicants must have the ability to understand and communicate in English.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following:
- Updated CV (no more than two pages);
- Story proposal (max. 500 words) consisting of the following:
- Specific topic
- Story plan (including timeframe, specifically for field research/interviews and writing)
- Risk assessment: anticipated risks and mitigation measures related to story development (Please note that applications may be disapproved on the basis of risks associated with story production.);
- Gender considerations in the content and sources;
- Target output format and plan for publication;
- Motivation letter explaining:
- Why you are joining this Fellowship
- How you think this Fellowship will help you as a journalist
- Why you think this story is relevant to the Fellowship theme
- At least two samples of published in-depth article/audio/video/multimedia, preferably stories related to the Fellowship theme. Articles originally using a regional language are also accepted as samples, provided they come with an English translation.
- A letter of endorsement from an editor or producer who agrees to publish the anticipated story.
Please complete the application form and submit the rest of the requirements to seapa-at-seapa.org with subject line: 2018 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship. We encourage applicants to submit their story proposals early, and to review the proposal after submission.