GroundTruth reopens the Global Migration Reporting Fellowship to allow COVID-19 proposals

Updated May 20, 2020

The application window has closed. Thanks to all who applied. We’ll announce our selection of fellows soon. 

The GroundTruth Project today announces the reopening of the selection process for the Global Migration, Refugees and Resettlement Reporting Fellowship.

We are encouraging current applicants to revise their proposal to reflect the new realities and precautions required to report in the current global health environment and also accepting new applications from those who might have missed the previous window. The safety and security of our reporters and their sources are of the utmost importance, as outlined in our commitment to the ACOS Alliance and we want to make sure all applicants have clear safety preparations incorporated into their proposal.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation and The Henry Luce Foundation, GroundTruth plans to select a team of fellows working across key regions, telling narrative-driven, multimedia stories of migration shaped by climate change, economic and social instability, war and famine, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you applied already:

For those who have already applied and you wish to add a COVID 19 angle to your original proposal, please edit your application in Submittable. If your proposal has not changed, it remains eligible for consideration and no further action is required.

If you haven’t applied yet: 

We’re looking for story proposals that examine how the global migration crisis is unfolding at the local level, and solutions-oriented stories that explore the different approaches and challenges to permanent resettlement of refugees, even as anti-refugee sentiment fuels public backlash.

The fellowship is open to videographers, photographers, writers, audio reporters and data journalists. We seek proposals that integrate compelling human stories with attempted solutions relevant to those stories (whether they have been proven effective or not).

Experience covering migration or refugees is preferred, and journalists who have migrated or been refugees are particularly encouraged to apply. The fellowship is open to candidates from anywhere in the world. Candidates may apply with a partner or partners, and each fellow will receive a total of $10,000 — which will cover all travel expenses and a fee to the fellow.

If applying as a partnership or team, each person should submit their own application and mention the proposed partner or team members. 

The deadline to apply has been extended to midnight PST on May 18. 

To apply:

  1. Follow this link to the application on Submittable.
  2.   Scroll to the bottom of this initial application page and register with Submittable.
  3.   Follow the instructions from there.

Reporting will be distributed widely through GroundTruth editorial partners, who in the past have included TIME, The Atlantic, FRONTLINE, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, USA Today, ABC News and many more. Candidates are encouraged to include their own distribution relationships in their proposals. Please write to Chief Content Officer Kevin Grant ([email protected]) with any questions.

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About The GroundTruth Project 

The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists around the world. Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by enabling in-depth, on the ground field reporting on social justice issues in under-covered corners of the world. Since GroundTruth launched, we have supported more than 300 emerging journalists across more than 30 countries and been honored with the News Emmy, World Press Photo, Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club and Online Journalism Award among others.  GroundTruth is home to Report for America, which seeks to address a crisis in local journalism in the United States that has become a crisis for our democracy.