East African Public Health Fellowship Application

Announcing 2011-2012 Fellowships for Two East African Public Health Journalists
The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a yearlong fellowship to be awarded to two experienced East African journalists for the 2011-2012 academic year. The fellowships will each total $35,000, including round trip airfare, professional stipends, and accommodations at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus.

The selected fellows will join the School’s Visiting International Scholars Program and participate in a journalism training initiative aimed to provide high quality coverage of public health and medical issues in Africa for dissemination in U.S., African, and international media. The initiative will also offer dedicated funding for both domestic and Africa travel for research and reporting work.

Requirements: Selected fellows must bring at least five-years of experience in journalism in East Africa, defined here as Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, in any medium, including newspaper, magazine, television, radio, documentary, or new media format such as blogging, podcasting, and other online publishing. Their work must demonstrate a track record of commitment to telling truthful stories, and a willingness to investigate the many public health and medical problems facing their populations. At minimum, a bachelor’s degree is strongly desired, along with experience and knowledge about local and regional public health issues.
Selected African fellows will be expected to participate in a semester-long class on covering public health issues in East Africa, including sharing their own knowledge and experience of Africa and journalism. They will also be expected to enroll in at least two public health courses and will have the option of attending other journalism classes of their choice. Once back home in Africa, they will be expected to engage in some form of peer outreach to other health journalists.

The deadline is Friday, 3 June 2011. We appreciate that the turn-around is rapid.
Please submit applications via the online form.
To access the form, use the password: africa2011
The online form provides spaces to include your resume, a one-page cover letter containing a statement of interest, and links to three examples of work.

For questions, contact [email protected]
This opportunity is part of a grant provided by the Ford Foundation to the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.