Call for Applications: Reporting Fellowships to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, May 2018

REPORTING TRIP DATES: May 24 – June 8, 2018

DEADLINE: February 23 at 11:59 EST (Washington, D.C.)

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The IWMF is pleased to announce reporting trips to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in May 2018. The IWMF will select two groups of women journalists to travel to Kigali to focus on Agriculture and Climate Change and Kinshasa to report on Civic Engagement, respectively.

This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Work from previous IWMF Great Lakes Fellows has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world. The IWMF will continue to lead reporting trips to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda through 2018.


The trip will take place from May 24 to June 8, which includes travel dates. All fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and an orientation about the Great Lakes Region and the reporting trip locations from May 24 to 27. Fellows will depart for 10 days of in-country reporting and begin reporting from May 28 to June 8, and will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting.

The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situations in both locations. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.


Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.

Non-native English speakers must have professional written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.

Applicants must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publications in prominent media outlets.

Have questions about the application process? Want to hear from IWMF Fellows about their experiences on the ground? Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Also check out our most recent African Great Lakes Fellowship Twitter Chat and a sample application.


The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates. The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.


The IWMF will accept online applications from January 22, 2018 – February 23, 2018 at 11:59 EST (Washington, DC).

Apply here for Rwanda and DRC!