CSE Media Fellowships Programme for the Global South

Date: May 2015-July 2015

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a New Delhi-based public interest research and advocacy organisation and is the recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. It was recently ranked 17th among a global listing of top environmental think tanks in the Global Go To Think Tank Index, compiled each year by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania in the US.. 

As part of its global programme, CSE is offering two different fellowships to journalists in Africa and Asia. The subject matters for the fellowships are:

Fellowships on air and mobility issues: A total of nine fellowships are available on the subjects of clean air and sustainability. Fellows could explore issues such as air pollution (assessment and monitoring, causes of pollution, policies around pollution, effects of pollution), mobility (connection between pollution and mobility, public transport and private transport, affordability of transport, design of cities to cater to vehicles or pedestrians and cyclists, congestion, and other issues. 

Fellows are expected to identify issues in the country of their residence and/or countries that they will be able to travel to with the funds available through the fellowship.

Fellowships on water issues: A total of five fellowships are available on the subject of water. The issues would vary according to countries and could cover subjects such as drought, drought management, rainwater harvesting, access to clean water, water supply challenges, ground water management, use of surface water, faecal sludge management, waste management, preservation of natural water resources (such as lakes, ponds and rivers), among others.

Journalists are expected to identify issues in the country of their residence and/or countries that they will be able to travel to with the funds available through the fellowship.


Selected fellows will receive an award of USD 2,000 to support research, travel and writing between the given period. On being selected, fellows will receive a letter confirming their selection. The award will be released as a single installment at the end of fellowship period.

Expectation from fellows

Each fellow is expected to publish six distinct stories based on fieldwork and research as well as photograph their subjects. CSE will have the right to use their stories and pictures in publications or in any other form for the purpose of advocacy and awareness-raising as it may consider fit.


Three months – May 2015 to July, 2015. Fellows need to travel, research, write and publish during this period.

Criteria for selection

  • Experience in reporting on issues related to environment (provide published pieces in support of your application)

  • Affiliation to the newspaper/news channel (A letter from the editor endorsing your application with the commitment to publish stories written  by the fellow)

  • Women journalists are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

The application should consist of:

  • Your CV

  • A detailed proposal not exceeding four pages expressing your interest in the subject, knowledge of issues you wish to report on and possible story ideas that you have in mind

  • Supporting documents include previously published stories and a letter by the editor endorsing your application and agreeing to publish your work

  • The applications should be sent to asrivastava@cseindia.org (Anupam Srivastava, Cell: +91-99100 93893) by March 10, 2015