Media Fellowship

Closing date for applications: 

File 40711Young Journalist Media Fellowship 2018


The potential of the youth remains untapped due to the lack of a holistic planning and budgeting of resources to address quality of education, technical and vocational training programmes that facilitate economic opportunities and livelihoods. Available economic and entrepreneurship opportunities fall short in reaching the most vulnerable, especially young women and men.

Young people especially young women living in poverty, due to prevailing patriarchal and hierarchical sociocultural norms, are excluded from spaces of political influence and power. These invisible forces are coupled with a lack of access to resources  thus excluding young people from voicing their demands in development processes.

Driven by the country's current context and demographic opportunity, ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) has prioritised social, economic and political empowerment of young people through its programmatic areas. Action for impact (A4I) project at AAB focuses on  facilitattion of youth-led social transformation in the delivery of quality public services (i.e. health and education), skill development opportunities and decent work initiatives. Thematic areas for A4I are :

  • Economic opportunities and decent work
  • Gender and youth responsive public services
  • Youth representation and social cohesion

Simultaneously, in order to influence policy decisions and strengthen media advocacy on grassroots issues, AAB is inviting for applications from passionate young journalists for the ‘ActionAid Young Journalist Media Fellowship 2018’ to initiate and support investigative journalism on the thematic areas of Action for Impact(A4I) project.

Five winning applications from the journalists will be selected for this fellowship.


The objectives of this fellowship is to generate publication of in-depth articles and broadcasts (at national media) to raise public awareness, and sensitize policy makers and stakeholders on the topics related to the project thematic areas.

To bring out the aspired interventions and change; there are scopes for some national level work which created the opportunity for media fellowship.

Report Topics

Out of the 8 topics only 5 applications will be selected.

  1. Manifesto for next elections: youth perspective.
  2. Youth engagement for social cohesion and participatory democracy.
  3. Informal Sector in Bangladesh: Challenges and opportunities for youth.
  4. Current skill development initiatives by government in relation to present market demand.
  5. Entrepreneurship and economic opportunities for young prople: Obstacles and Advantages.
  6. Importance of technical education in secondary education of Bangladesh.
  7. The culture of silence on SRHR (SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHT) and the role of government.
  8. The funding for public services at local level (skilled based education and SRHR).

*These topics will be sharpened later through discussion between the fellows and the thematic experts.


Fellowship Category

Print, Electronic and Online Media (English and Bangla)

Each Fellowship Award

BDT 67,648 (VAT & Tax included)

Fellowship Timeline (Report generation and publication)

November - December 2018

Timeline for deliverables and responsibilities

  • The journalists will submit the reports to AAB by the 1st week of December (extension may be considered in special cases).
Required Documents for Application
  • Report plan  in maximum 500 words on proposed report topic (any of the above topics)
  • Letter of endorsement on experience and participation from the editor/chief reporter/assignment editor from applicant’s workplace
  • Applicant’s 1 copy passport size photo
  • Resume



  • Applicant should have minimum two years work experiences either in Bangla and/or English in media sector.
  • The reports will have to be published in the fellow’s respective current media company.
  • Selected fellow will have to produce at least one report as stated under the fellowship.
Last Date of Application                                 

20 October 2018


Send to 

Afsana Alim

Programme Officer, Young People

House SE (C) 5/B, Road 136, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212

ActionAid Bangladesh.

E-mail ,

*Women and young journalists below 30 years are encouraged to apply