Applications Invited for Without Borders Media Fellowship

Applications Invited for Without Borders Media Fellowship

Organization: Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières

Apply By: 14 Jul 2024

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About the Organization

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières is a private, international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honour the following principles:

About the Fellowship

MSF is opening the call for proposals by journalists, photographers, filmmakers, and newsrooms editors to join the 2024-2025 cohort of the Without Borders Media Fellowship. This Fellowship aims to encourage humanitarian and health related journalistic reporting, and leverages scientific storytelling to draw attention to emerging local or cross-border issues in the South Asia region. Journalists awarded with this fellowship are expected to produce at least one in-depth report by engaging with affected populations and stakeholders. The fellows will have an opportunity to work closely with mentors, who are experts and thought leaders in journalism and public health, as well as medical and operations specialists from the MSF movement.

Stories from the heart of crises give a voice to vulnerable people, support medical and humanitarian advocacy, and encourage dialogue on humanitarian values. Awarded fellows will be encouraged to work together, build communities of practice, and support humanitarian actors to better understand crises and contexts, while working with compassion.

There are two grant categories available for applicants to choose from:

General Grant (applicants can choose from a range of themes)

The General Grant supports in-depth reporting across four themes:

  • Refugee Health
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Mental Health And
  • Emergency Response

This grant will enable journalists to highlight and investigate a range of transversal subjects in South Asia through training, insightful storytelling and extensive field exposure. Successful applicants receive a grant to cover reporting costs and get access to experts to enrich the reporting process.

MSF-DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) Grant on Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

The MSF-DNDi Grant focuses on raising awareness and fostering a better understanding of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). NTDs such as dengue, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis and mycetoma affect millions of people in South Asia. These diseases are driven by factors like poverty, poor sanitation, lack of adequate treatment and limited healthcare access. This grant is aimed at exploring the complexities of NTDs from the lens of gender, pediatrics and climate change. It emphasizes the need for targeted interventions such as safe, affordable and effective treatment and improved healthcare infrastructure. Recipients receive financial support for reporting expenses and access to DNDi experts to generate comprehensive reportage.


  • MSF welcomes applications from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and Nepal:
  • Journalists of all nationalities and from diverse backgrounds, including staff reporters, photographers, radio/audio journalists, and television/video journalists working in print, television, online media (including YouTube), as well as freelancers based in the countries above.
  • Applications must be submitted in English. However, applicants are encouraged to additionally publish their stories in local languages of their region.

How to Apply

As the selection for the Without Borders Media Fellowship is competitive, we ask applicants to provide:

  • Story Proposal: MSF expects a concrete proposal including Title of the Proposal, location(s) of reporting, well-researched pitch with references (data, news story, examples) to add context (500-750 words).
  • Medium of publication: Print, Digital, TV, Podcast
  • Letter of commitment or interest from a media organization(s) that would publish your story(ies) Names and contacts of two professional references.
  • Reporting plan: Applicants must share a detailed reporting plan that lists out the preferred start and end dates of the fellowship, field visit dates, locations, risks involved (legal and physical) etc. Pre-reporting by the applicant on the subject will be of advantage to the application.
  • List of stakeholders (institutions, organizations, collectives and individuals) that you will contact for information or insight during the reporting process of the Fellowship.
  • Three examples (links) of your most relevant stories (to the pitch) published recently.
  • List of collaborators in this story, if any (for example stringers, data scientists, illustrators, photographers etc.)
  • Tentative date of publication of this story.
  • Statement of Motivation (300 words)
  • CV or Resume.
  • Contact details of two professional references.

Call for applications for the Without Borders Fellowship 2024 : 1st- 14th July, 2024

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