ICFJ: Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship Program

Deadline: 4 March 2018

Interested in becoming an influencer and leader for children’s development in your country? If producing high quality reporting and solutions-oriented stories about nutrition and early childhood development issues is one of your passions, then apply to this year-long fellowship, which will include two international reporting trips as well as continual mentoring and several virtual webinars.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, is recruiting for 10 Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellows. The goal of the fellowships is to improve news coverage of child health and form a global network of reporters covering this critically-important issue.


  • The program also includes two reporting trips.
  • ICFJ will send all fellows to a country that is implementing a successful and innovative approach to supporting childhood development.
  • The fellows will meet with early childhood development experts in the field and will produce stories with the help of their mentors.ICFJ will cover all of the fellowship expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fellowship is open to journalists covering issues of child health and development for news outlets based in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania.
  • Journalists from all mediums are encouraged to apply: radio, broadcast, print, and online. An ideal candidate will have previous experience covering early childhood development issues, but journalists who currently cover health or nutrition-related topics and are interested in increasing their coverage of children’s issues are welcome to apply.
  • Successful applicants must be employed by a news outlet or have a commitment to publish/broadcast from a news outlet to participate.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English. Stories submitted may be written in your native language; however, reporting project proposals must be submitted in English.

How to Apply

To become a Fellow, candidates must complete a Fellowship application. Applicants should include

  • A resume or CV
  • Examples of stories produced on early-childhood development
  • A reporting-project proposal that outlines story ideas the Fellow will pursue and a reporting and publishing/broadcasting plan

Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania

For more information, please visit Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship.

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