Mongabay has established the Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program to provide opportunities for journalists from biodiversity hotspots in 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.
The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program builds on Mongabay’s long-running internship program, which has helped bolster the capacity of environmental journalists in a field where such experience can be hard to acquire.
The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program will support up to 12 fellows per year — six at the global English bureau and six at the 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 the international news outlet, develop their environmental reporting skills, and create a portfolio of original publications that should help them advance their careers in journalism.
The fellowship will run twice a year: April 1 through Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 through March 31.
- 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.
- Applicants must be from a low- to upper-middle income tropical country, as classified by the World Bank. “High-income” tropical countries, such as Singapore and Australia, are excluded from the fellowship.
- Applicants must be aspiring, early-career environmental journalists.
- Applicants must be able to work remotely and commit to 10 hours per week.
- There is no education requirement to apply for the program. The fellowship is not linked to any university.
- All application materials must be submitted in the appropriate language (English for the English-language program and Spanish for the Spanish-language program).
- All materials must adhere to the guidelines; applications that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.
- Mongabay.org is currently only accepting fellows for the global English- and Spanish-language bureaus. The ambition is to eventually expand this program into other Mongabay bureaus, including Indonesia, India, Brazil and French-speaking tropical countries, but they don’t currently have a timeline for this expansion.
Desired Experience & Qualifications / Judging Criteria
- Basic understanding of and interest in reporting and writing news stories;
- Demonstrated interest in conservation issues;
- Demonstrated interest in environmental journalism as a career;
- Proven communication skills;
- Capacity to fulfill all of the fellowship requirements and reporting plans.
For more information, visit Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program.
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