UNDP Development Reporting Fellowship 2017: Call for applications

Jan 20, 2017

UNDP Nepal is calling for applications for its Development Reporting Fellowship from journalists writing on or are interested to write on emerging development issues in Nepal’s context. The fellowship aims to promote in-depth reporting on topics of pressing concern, particularly those that relate to Nepal’s development discourse. In this regard, the fellowship awards individual journalists with small projects that support them in making a systematic inquiry and investigation into selected topics, organizing the findings and presenting the same through appropriate media outlets. Journalists are encouraged to both explore the development challenges facing Nepal and also bring to fore the best practices that promise new and innovative solutions to the enduring problems.

The fellowship is intended for mid-career journalists working in Nepali, English and other media outlets, including newspapers (daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly), FM radio stations (community-based or private), television channels and online news portals in Nepal—open to members of both national- and local-level outlets. Before applying for the fellowship, please ensure your eligibility.

Research Agenda

Interested candidates are invited to submit a brief proposal (with proposed title, and a 100- to 300-word brief note about the story/report/article to be written under the title) on any one of the following issues/themes:

  • Poverty alleviation, employment generation, enterprise development
  • Good governance, anticorruption, accountability
  • Environment, energy, climate change, disaster preparedness
  • Inclusive development, social coherence, gender equality, human rights and rule of law
  • Innovation and development
  • Post-Disaster Reconstruction/Recovery
  • Sustainable Development Goals and other development issues


Eligibility criteria

  • The UNDP Developing Reporting Fellowship is open to citizens of Nepal with at least three years of professional journalistic experience with newspapers, television channels, FM radio stations, online news portals and/or other news organizations.
  • Freelance journalists/writers can also apply for this fellowship provided they could demonstrate documentary evidence of journalistic experience of over three years.
  • Applicant must demonstrate his/her reporting and analytical skills through submitting writing samples.

Terms and Conditions

  • The candidate must have met all the criteria mentioned above
  • All applicants must have a unique idea or topic (related to any areas listed above) for news/feature/story to be investigated, researched and published with the support of the fellowship within a fixed timeframe. This should be explained in a 100- to 300-word brief note describing the proposed topic.
  • Each awardee must publish/broadcast the article/report in the relevant media outlet as per the fellowship.
  • A second fellowship can be awarded to the same fellow on the basis of his/her performance during the first fellowship.
  • Candidates from traditionally marginalized and minority groups will be given a priority. Women journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Awardees are expected to consult literature and use them in their research, reporting and writing.
  • The fellowship amount will be Rs. 75,000.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates may apply for the fellowship by the deadline with the following documents:

  1. Duly filled up fellowship application form (click here)
  2. An updated CV not more than three pages.

Send your application to Fellowship.np@undp.org or via regular mail to GPO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal by or before the deadline. Only selected candidates will be informed for further process.

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