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December 18, 2015

Call for Applications for Media Fellowship on South Asian Initiative on Migrant Labour

Deadline: 24 January, 2016

Panos South Asia invites applications for Media Fellowships on South Asian Initiative for Migrant Labour for the year 2016.

The fellowships are being offered by Panos South Asia as a part of a Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) project for encouraging dialogue and discussion on migrant labour issues among concerned stakeholders, including migrant labourers, trade unions, and governments of labour-sending and labour-receiving countries.

Applications are invited from print, television, radio and web journalists writing/reporting on migrant labour issues from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The fellowship will support writing/reporting stories on migrant labour from the region and labour-receiving countries. The fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in an orientation workshop in the last week of February 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal and first-hand experience trip to select destination countries that will link them with individuals and institutions from these neighbouring countries and understand migrant-related issues from a South Asian perspective. The fellowship also offers an opportunity of being mentored by experienced editors.

Applicants should have a strong motivation for working on migrant labour issues in South Asia. Preference would be given to journalists who contribute to media outside their home country. Each journalist will have to file five stories and a small stipend for in-country research would be provided. All expenses related to travel and accommodation to Kathmandu and labour destination countries would be covered by PSA.

The application, by email, would need to include the following:

  1. A cover letter, in which the applicant explains his/her motivation for applying for the fellowship, and how he/she would use the fellowship to build on previous experience.
  2. A detailed CV with the names and contact details of two referees.
  3. Copies of two stories published on migrant labour issues. TV/radio/web journalists can also provide the link of the programme or website.
  4. A copy of a scanned letter from the editor of the applicant’s publication, TV or radio channel supporting the application. Free-lancers are required to furnish a similar letter from the editor of the media outlet they wish to contribute their stories to.

Please write ‘Application for the Media Fellowships on Migrant Labour 2016’ in the subject line of your e-mail application. Applications need to be received by Sunday, 24 January 2016 to and The application should be received no later than 5 p.m. (NST).

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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