From Mobility to Mitigation


April-May 2017

As part of its commitment to the Paris climate change agreement, India has pledged to reduce its emissions intensity by 35 per cent by 2030 under its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution). One sector that has had a big impact on climate as well as public health and air quality is urban transport. In India, especially over the past decade, rapid and rampant motorisation has enhanced the risks of air pollution. 

Transport energy demand has grown at 1.2 times the GDP growth rate. Fuel consumption by vehicles in 2035 could be six times that of the 2005 level. Car travel consumes nearly two times the energy, on an average, as urban bus travel. The risks that this surge has triggered, demand active, cohesive and aggressive policy response. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites journalists working in India – including freelancers -- to apply for a one-month media fellowship to investigate and report on issues related to urban mobility and climate change in India.

Some suggested areas that an applicant can focus on are:

  • Innovative solutions to decongest urban roads – what are Indian cities doing

  • India’s INDC commitments and how far can interventions in urban public transport help meet them

  • Emissions and fuel economy – the state of regulations and standards in India, and whether they are adequate

  • Mass rapid transit projects – do they serve any purpose?

  • Bus rapid transit corridors in Indian cities – some case studies

Applicants are welcome to submit proposals in other areas of their choice.

Important information 

  • This fellowship is open ONLY to journalists working in India, writing in English or any other Indian language. Freelancers can also apply.

  • Applications should be sent in English to the undersigned through email or post. 

  • Applications should consist of a covering letter, a 200-250 word proposal, a copy of the applicant’s latest CV, a support letter from an editor (assuring that if selected, the applicant’s fellowship output will be published/telecast/broadcast by the concerned media publication etc), and links to/samples of two recently published development stories by the applicant.

  • Last date for sending completed applications: March 10, 2017

  • Fellowship period: One month – April-May 2017

  • Fellowship grant amount: Rs 50,000 per fellow (TDS will be deducted as per regulations from this amount)

Hemanth Subramanian,
Media resource Centre, CSE;
Mobile No.: 9836748585