DEADLINE: Mongabay's Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program

Event Date: 
August 10, 2024

Mongabay has established a fellowship program for young and aspiring journalists from the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program will provide opportunities for journalists from tropical countries to report on critical environmental issues, gaining valuable training, experience, and credibility that will help them advance their careers in journalism and communications.

We purposefully do not have any educational prerequisites to apply for the program. We believe that anyone has the potential to become a journalist and access to education should not be a barrier to opportunity.

It is our hope that the fellowship will empower the next generation of environmental journalists to tell stories from Nature’s frontline.

The program will support up to 12 fellows per year — six at our global English bureau and six at our Spanish-language bureau, Mongabay-Latam. Each cohort will consist of three fellows per bureau.

Fellows will gain valuable experience working with a range of editors at our international news outlet, develop their environmental reporting skills, and create a portfolio of original publications which should help them advance their careers in journalism.

The fellowship will run twice a year: April 1 through September 30 and October 1 through March 31.

  • The application window for the April-September cohort will run Dec. 15, 2022-Feb. 10.
  • The application window for the October-March cohort will run June 15-Aug. 10.

Each fellow will receive $500 USD a month for the duration of the six-month fellowship, or $3,000 USD in total. During that time, fellows will work directly with the fellowship editor to produce six stories. Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with multiple Mongabay editors, including those who specialize in different areas.

Each fellow is expected to commit to engaging 10 hours a week. Each fellow is expected to produce an average of one story per month over the course of the fellowship to be published on Mongabay’s website.

Work is remote — Mongabay does not have an office and cannot support work visas.

The fellowship is open to anyone from a low- to upper-middle income tropical country, as classified by the World Bank. “High income” tropical countries, like Singapore and Australia, are excluded from the fellowship. A list of eligible countries can be found here.

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