Update, December 7: We want to thank all who applied for this fellowship. We received over 300 applications, which far exceeded the amount we anticipated. We will give each of these applications careful consideration and we intend to announce winners by the end of the week. Stay tuned to this space for news on an announcement, and follow us on social media. 

 

BOSTON – The GroundTruth Project is announcing a two-week reporting fellowship to cover the Middle East refugee crisis through the lens of on-going humanitarian efforts to help Syrians and Iraqis survive another harsh winter in host countries such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

 

This fellowship will begin in mid-January and will be awarded to two visual journalists early in their career. We are looking for a photographer and a videographer who will be open to working together as a team led in the field led by GroundTruth founder and veteran Middle East correspondent Charles Sennott.

 

The fellowship will include funding to cover all travel, lodging and insurance for this journey and a modest stipend for the fellows. It will also include an introduction to risk assessment and safety training.

 

The team will work together to find the human stories, particularly those of children, and a narrative thread woven through the historic movement of millions of refugees fleeing war and instability.

 

This fellowship is made possible with support from World Vision, a child-focused aid and development organization which works in more than 100 countries to help communities find long-term solutions to poverty and injustice. World Vision is a faith-based NGO that serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

 

While working in partnership with World Vision, The GroundTruth Project will retain full editorial control of the project and publish it through existing editorial partners.

 

To apply for this fellowship, please send a resume, a cover letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you should be considered and no less than three links to samples of your work.

 

Please send applications via email with the subject line “COVERING THE REFUGEE CRISIS” and address cover letters to GroundTruth Managing Editor Kevin Grant at kgrant (at) thegroundtruthproject.org.

 

The deadline for applications is December 1 and winners will be announced December 7.

  • OneWoman

    This is a great idea – I hope that you’ll be prioritising applications from current or former Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees who understand better than anyone what other refugees are going through and can offer a truly intimate perspective (and who – as long as they’re not regime shabiha – will be trusted more than outsiders). Plus it will save you money on translators.

  • Mahmoud Alhaji Othman

    may I get the email address where I can send the application

  • lesetja malope

    what is the email address for the application

  • Peter Yankowski Walker

    Fantastic, right up my street. Sometimes an outside perspective is good. But like ‘OneWoman’ says ‘current or former Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees who understand better’ with skill in photography would be an asset to such a team.

  • Thomas Hudson

    “…working with World Vision…” a fundamentalist Christian organization that actively discriminates against gays and proselytizes vulnerable populations by indoctrinating children. I see there are also respectable partners involved, so proceed with the utmost scrutiny, and NEVER sign a “work-for-hire” clause!!!

    • Ollie Thomson

      Hi Thomas, can you please tell me why you would advise so strongly against such a project? Thanks

      • Charles Sennott

        Ollie, We are working for the first time with World Vision, but know them to be a leading NGO and one with a very strong reputation for helping the world’s most vulnerable. We are aware of their faith-based mission, but we have full editorial independence for this project. And we have faith that this is a genuine offer on their part to help some young journalists learn about how to cover humanitarian efforts. If you have any questions, I would be happy to address them as best I can. Are you considering applying?
        Best, Charlie

        • Ollie Thomson

          Hi Charlie, Thank you very much for your response. I am really interested in this fellowship and have sent an application to Kevin Grant earlier today. It would be a real privilege to work with you. Best, Ollie

        • Andri Tambunan

          Hello Charles

          I am interested in the fellowship Offered.

          I do have a quick question. In the description it says

          “While working in partnership with World Vision, The GroundTruth Project will retain full editorial control of the project and publish it through existing editorial partners.”

          I would like to know if the fellow still reserve the copyright to the photographs and videos, and is able to submit them for publication after an embargo period?
          Thanks for your time

          Best

          Andri

        • hoda Esloudani

          Hi Charles,

          I applied to the videographer position and i haven’t heard anything as yet so I’m not sure if you have chosen the right candidate for this fellowship but if your considering having a arabic translator on board i would love to assist you with that. I’ve helped refugees in different countries for months so i’ve built a great bond and have connections with many refugee families. Give me a shout back if your interested! My email is Hoda.elsoudani@gmail.com

          Kind regards,

          Hoda Elsoudani

    • Charles Sennott

      Thomas,

      We appreciate your comment. And we always enter into partnerships with great scrutiny. In this case, we are aware of World Vision’s faith-based approach but we are also aware that they have a very strong record for providing humanitarian relief to many of the world’ s most vulnerable people. We have full editorial independence and control over this reporting fellowship. That said, we will remain vigilant but go into this trusting that World Vision genuinely wants to support our effort to give young journalists an opportunity to report on large-scale humanitarian efforts like the ones unfolding across the Middle East right now.
      Charlie

  • Qetevan Beraia

    can’t find email address

  • Kouam Joël Honoré

    Hello i am in Cameroon can i applis ?

  • Isabella Lanave

    Sorry, but i dont understand. Where is the address to send the apply?
    “Please send applications via email with the subject line “COVERING THE REFUGEE CRISIS” and address cover letters to GroundTruth Managing Editor Kevin Grant at kgrant (at) thegroundtruthproject.org.”

    thanks.

  • Natasza Maja

    Dear Editors, Please let me know what time is the deadline – as it’s stated only December 1 🙂 I just wonder if it makes a diference if I will submit the application evening CET time?
    Thanks in advance !
    best regards

  • Chukwuebuka Jacobs

    Please I didn’t get the email address. Can someone help me with it, if I can still apply.

  • hoda Esloudani

    Hi Charles,

    I applied to the videographer position and i haven’t heard anything as yet so I’m not sure if you have chosen the right candidate for this fellowship but if your considering having a arabic translator on board i would love to assist you with that. I’ve helped refugees in different countries for months so i’ve built a great bond and have connections with many refugee families. Give me a shout back if your interested! My email is Hoda.elsoudani@gmail.com

    Kind regards,

    Hoda Elsoudani

  • Andrea Peter Fly

    Dear Editors, I applied for the photographer position, and have still not heard back. Did you get my application? Have you announced the winners? Would break my heart if there was a problem and you didn’t receive my application correctly. Please let me know, Kind regards Andrea