This program is aimed at promoting a rare
element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism -- in-depth and follow-up reporting on
major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the
breaking-news crews have moved on.
After reading this page carefully, fill in this online form.
accepting applications twice per year. The first deadline for 2017 is: Nov. 30th
Awardees will be announced in January 2018.
Questions to Nina Sen Fellowship Chair: ninasen4 [at] yahoo.com
A total of
up to $20,000 may be given out annually, divided among projects at SAJA's
discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000.
freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to
encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of
Fellowships, launched in 2005 to ensure follow-up reportage about the 2004
tsunami and its victims, were initially funded by SAJA members, corporate
donors and friends of SAJA. For the last seven years, the SRF received a major
financial boost thanks to the support of the Mahadeva Family Foundation, which
will make an annual contribution of $20,000. Since 2015, SAJA has also received
consistent financial support from the Dow Jones Foundation in the form of a
significant conditional grant that is tied to SAJA demonstrating its ability to
broaden its supporter base.
fellowship is open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or
the South Asian Diaspora.
eligible for this year's fellowship, applicants must:
demonstrated experience in completing high-level, comprehensive journalistic
content in the English language.
· Be able to
publish or broadcast the finished work in North America (U.S. and Canada).
need not be based in North America, but the final work MUST be published in a
U.S. or Canadian media outlet.
· Be willing
to work with an editor, chosen by SAJA, who will oversee the successful
completion of the project.
available to discuss the project at SAJA events, including but not limited to
the annual SAJA convention and/or panel discussions.
addition, the news organization(s) that publish(es) or air(s) the finished
work(s) must agree to provide a prominent credit to SAJA. You will need a
letter of interest from a publication.
The complete proposal
project description and a plan for publication, in no more than 350 words.
budget estimate that includes a detailed proposed expense report.
· Samples of
previously published work, either print, online or broadcast.
professional references, which include at least one reference letter from an
editor or producer showing interest in publication of your proposed project.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
for the fellowship process will be as follows:
Applicants will apply via saja.submittable.com/submit/61283
2. Once an
applicant is chosen for the reporting fellowship, he/she would receive an email
from the SRF committee, with a detailed list of deliverables in order to
receive the grant. The deliverables would include the following:
· An updated
photo of the applicant
· An updated
· A summary
introduction to the project (200 words)
to the project (less than 30 words)
· Image for
the project (to be provided once fellow lands in the country they are reporting
applicant would get the first half of the amount allocated before leaving for
the trip after agreeing to the terms of the fellowship that would include
providing the information asked above. The second half of the fellowship amount
would be given after providing reimbursable expense receipts (please allow 30-45 days after SAJA
receives the receipts for your reimbursements to reach you) and the
article or Video or TV segment
· A minimum
of two Tweets per day from the field, which will be made using an SRF-specific
slideshow of photographs sent from the field, to be published on SRF website
· A report
detailing the reporting experience (approximately 800 words) written in first
person as a reporter’s diary, to be published on SRF website.
fellows would credit The South Asian Journalists Association on any and every
story written and published from the field for all publications.
panel of judges will review the applications and make recommendations to the
SAJA board. The SAJA board will make the final determinations on what amount of
money will be awarded. Fellows will be notified and expected to be available
for interviews with the judges if necessary.
1. All decisions are final and subject to the discretion and judgment of the
judges and the SAJA board
board members and members of their families are not eligible to apply.
3. SAJA is
not responsible for any financial or legal liabilities (or any other
liabilities) that arise from the actions of the fellow(s).
reserves the right to amend or extend deadlines or change other procedures
relating to the fellowship program.
reserves the right to use recipients' head shots, bios and published work
as part of their future marketing and fundraising purposes.