[Call for applications] CNS Health Fellowship Programme 2016-2017

[Click here to apply] Citizen News Service (CNS) is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for new fellows for its CNS Health Fellowship Programme 2016-2017. This programme offers  mentorship, peer support, networking opportunities, and technical assistance to health writers on neglected global health priorities. Last date to apply is Friday, 8th April 2016. To learn more about CNS Health Fellows 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, click here

CNS awards annual health fellowships to health writers from low- and middle- income countries to achieve the following objectives:
  • Increase evidence-based and quality health reporting from the frontlines
  • Document voices of affected communities dealing with specific health issues 
  • Build upon the understanding and sensitivity of CNS Health Fellows on a range of health issues
  • Increase community-centric health news coverage in local newspapers and other media channels
  • Raise awareness and build public consciousness on public health issues through sustained health news coverage
The CNS Health Fellows will: 
  • Participate in monthly webinars on last Tuesdays of every month on current global health priorities
  • Receive exclusive and latest media advisories or issue briefs on specific health issues regularly so that they can conduct in-country interviews and speak their world bringing local realities to the fore
  • Get ongoing mentorship from CNS experts and key external stakeholders
  • Connect with key experts in their own country or region on relevant issues for interviews or learning sessions, including those from affected communities 
  • Write in-depth (700-1000 words) news feature articles every month based upon monthly webinars, interviews with affected communities, local/regional national experts
  • Receive high quality professional editing of their articles by CNS Editors
  • Get published on CNS websites
  • Get more visibility through dissemination of their articles through CNS syndicate, and other social media platforms
  • Get preference when CNS is putting together an on-site team for conference reporting at various regional or global health conferences, meetings or other events
  • Get considered for Health Justice Media Awards 2016 which includes fully-funded opportunity to attend and provide daily conference coverage from 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, UK
  • Be awarded a certificate recognizing their contribution and participation in the annual CNS Health Fellowship programme and a lot more!

Who should apply?
  • Those who have written (or broadcasted), preferably for at least two years, on relevant health priorities in their local contexts in local vernacular languages or English for online, print or electronic media
  • Those who write from low- and middle- income countries
  • Those interested in expanding their knowledge of neglected health issues, translating scientific information and mobilizing communities
  • Those who have excellent writing skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of people including senior government officials, officers of non-governmental agencies or other stakeholders for interviews
  • Those living and/or working in communities affected by key health conditions
  • Those with a working knowledge of social, structural and biological issues related to health
  • Those who have the ability to work independently and deliver high-quality work on time
  • Those who are computer proficient in MS Word and have access to internet (for Skype calls)
  • Those who have contributed content to CNS in the past will get a preference
 * CNS is committed to workforce diversity

Disclaimers
  • Those who have ever worked with tobacco industry or its allies (directly or indirectly) need not apply
  • This CNS Health Fellowship Programme does not provide any financial assistance (although Fellows will be considered for other projects CNS is involved with)


[Click here to apply] If you are interested in applying to the programme, please complete the online application form below (or click here) before 8th April 2016, 5pm GMT

Deadline
  • Friday, 8th April 2016: 5pm GMT
  • Selection announcements will be made by mid-April 201

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