CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Reporting Fellowship to Zanzibar, Tanzania, August 2017

DEADLINE: May 19, 2017

Photos from the IWMF African Great Lakes Region Tanzania trip in February 2017. (Photos by Elizabeth Conley)

Photo from the IWMF African Great Lakes Region Tanzania trip in February 2017. (PC: Elizabeth Conley)

The IWMF is now accepting applications for a Reporting Fellowship to Tanzania, to take place in August 2017. As part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, a group of six journalists will report from Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island off the east coast of mainland Tanzania, covering stories related to the trip theme of civic engagement.

Applicants are asked to pitch stories relevant to the trip location and theme; stories must focus on in-depth and new narratives and be notably different from those reported on previous Fellowships. We will prioritize applications with creative, thoughtful, and original pitches. View a full list of previously reported stories.

Please note that the feasibility of day trips outside Zanzibar will be assessed by IWMF staff and trip leaders on a case-by-case basis.

To date, 91 journalists from 23 countries have pursued a wide range of topics that go beyond the well-established beats of political instability, armed conflict, and humanitarian crisis in the region.

During the next two years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. By 2019, more than 250 reporters will have together reshaped traditional media narratives around the region.


August 6-19, 2017


Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete an orientation and Hostile Environments and First Aid Training (HEFAT) August 6-9. They then depart for eight days of in-country work August 10-19 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.


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.


  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working full-time in news media. Please note that internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must be proficient in English 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 publication in prominent media outlets (a letter from an editor is strongly preferred).


The IWMF will accept online applications April 19-May 19, 2017.

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