[Call for application] BMM Health Fellowship Programme 2017-2018

[Click here to apply] CNS is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for new Fellows for its Bimla Misra Memorial Health Fellowship Programme 2017-2018. This programme offers mentorship, peer support, networking opportunities and technical assistance on global health reporting. Last date to apply is extended till Sunday, 30th April 2017 (5pm Geneva time). To learn more about Bimla Misra Memorial (BMM) Health Fellows of previous years, click here.

CNS awards annual Bimla Misra Memorial (BMM) Health Fellowships to health writers from low- and middle-income countries to build upon their understanding and sensitivity on a range of global health priorities. It aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • Increase evidence-based and quality health reporting from the frontlines
  • Connect the dots between different health issues and between health and different development issues
  • Reiterate linkages of health with national, regional and global commitments (treaties like WHO FCTC/ UNFCC/ Business and Human Rights Treaty), SDGs, ICPD, Istanbul Principles for Development Effectiveness, etc
  • Document voices of affected communities dealing with specific health issues
  • Increase community-centric health news coverage in local newspapers and other media channels 
How to apply?
Easy! Two steps!
  • Step 1: Fill the form
  • Step 2: Submit a writing sample (700-1000 words) in English, based upon any of the three webinars (links to register for these webinars are given below), and relevant interviews conducted locally with affected communities/ other experts (email the article to fellows@citizen-news.org before the extended deadline of 30th April 2017)
    • Webinar 1 (watch recording): Tuesday, 28th February 2017: 1pm-2pm Geneva time
    • Webinar 2 (watch recording): Friday, 17th March 2017: 1pm-2pm Geneva time
    • Webinar 3: Tuesday, 25th April 2017: 1pm-2pm Geneva time (register here)
Do not forget the deadline to complete both steps! Deadline is extended till 30th April 2017 (5pm Geneva time).

Know the Fellows 2017-2018!
Names of selected candidates will be announced in a special webinar on Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 (1pm-2pm Geneva time).

BMM Health Fellows will:
  • Participate in monthly webinars on current global health priorities
  • Receive regularly exclusive and latest media advisories/ issue briefs on specific health issues so that they can conduct in-country interviews with key experts, including those from affected communities, and bring local realities to the fore
  • Write in-depth (700-1000 words) news feature articles (or video articles/ podcasts) every month based upon monthly webinars, interviews with affected communities, and local/regional national experts
  • Receive high quality professional editing of their articles by CNS Editors
  • 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 2017 which may include an opportunity to attend and provide daily conference coverage from 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Mexico
  • Be awarded a certificate recognizing their contribution and participation in the annual Bimla Misra Memorial Health Fellowship Programme and a lot more!

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