National Media Fellowship Programme (15 Sept)

National Media Fellowship Programme

Recognizing the need to play a proactive role in bringing development concerns more prominently to the public agenda, in 1994 the National Foundation for India launched its National Media Fellowship Programme. The fellowships aim to incorporate areas of social and development concerns not only for their own merit but also for the purpose of media sensitization to bring development concerns to the realm of public consciousness in order to facilitate a more informed development policy discourse.

The Foundation awards between nine and twelve fellowships each year. Under the fellowship the print journalists are expected to research, write and publish with a byline 10 articles on their chosen topic. Photojournalists are expected to write and publish five photo essays and mount an exhibition of his/her work at the end of the fellowship period.

The broad objectives of the National Media Fellowship are to promote effective communication that draws attention to development concerns, encourages excellence in journalism and facilitates a more informed development policy. More specifically the fellowship aim to:

  • Create greater awareness in the media about national development problems
  • Strengthen public opinion regarding the need to take positive measures to support people-centered development
  • Facilitate a process of sensitization to development issues among media professionals
  • Promote effective communication that draws attention to development concerns; and
  • Facilitate a more informed development policy dialogue.

Fellowships are announced at an award ceremony held in New Delhi.

The details regarding applications for the fellowship are publicized in May each year, following which applications are open till the end of September (the exact dates vary each year). The fellowships are advertised in both Hindi and English, and applications can be sent in English or in any other Indian language.

You can check the details of the previous year’s applications in the brochure uploaded on our website. Once finalized, the details and application forms for the current year will be made available online.

Please direct your queries to:

Kandala Singh:
Maisra Mallik: /
Mini Kakkar at

National Media Fellowship Programme
National Foundation for India
Zone IV A, Upper Ground Floor
India Habitat Centre
Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
Phone: 2464 1864/65, 2464 8490-92; Fax: 91-11-2464 1867