Call for Participation: Ecosystems for Life Media Fellowship - 2013

Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is a civil society led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote better understanding of trans-boundary ecosystems in Bangladesh and India. The initiative works to develop a shared vision and understanding of food, livelihood and water security issues through collaborative research and studies, creation of a knowledge hub, developing research-based policy options and enhancing the capacity of civil society stakeholders to participate in the management and governance of natural resources.

Ecosystems for Life  Logo Photo: IUCN

Credible knowledge production is a primary driver to all proposed outcomes of the initiative. However knowledge production alone is not sufficient to realise its larger vision of a shared understanding. It is essential that knowledge reaches the public so that all sections of society in both countries are informed about issues that are relevant to their region, lives and livelihoods. A wide variety of stakeholders such as grassroots organizations, scientists, advocacy organizations, government agencies and policy making bodies can use the information generated in the project to inform interventions at various levels from implementing pilots on the ground to exploring policy options.

Ecosystems for Life, therefore, calls for applications for media fellowships in both countries to explore, understand and inform the public about critical issues in the Bangladesh India trans-boundary region. It is anticipated that the fellowship will also create a greater interest among the larger media fraternity on environment and development issues in this region. 

IUCN will support media professionals through two fellowships in each country for field visits to the chars (river islands) of the Jamuna/Brahmaputra in Bangladesh and India to report  human interest stories linking them to thematic areas identified under the Ecosystems for Life project, viz., climate change, food security, poverty, biodiversity.

The reporting will capture the following:

  • Research based information on issues of trans-boundary water resource management with particular focus on food security, climate change, environmental security and biodiversity conservation
  • Perceptions of people living in chars about water resources management, use and their lived realities with particular focus on food security, climate change, inland navigation, environmental security and biodiversity conservation
  • The opinion of technical experts/policymakers/bureaucrats on issues affecting communities inhabiting Chars and possible solutions to the same


The objective of this assignment is to sensitise and create a greater understanding of the issues surrounding the populations and ecosystems of the chars of the trans-boundary Brahmaputra/Jamuna river in India and Bangladesh by producing high quality and credible research based content and disseminating it in the public domain through a collaborative effort.


  • The duration of the Fellowship is for three months falling between July-December 2013. 
  • Applications must be received on or before 24 June, 2013.
  • The results will be announced on 08 July, 2013.


Journalists with demonstrated interest in environment and development issues in India/Bangladesh are invited for the Ecosystems for Life Media Fellowship – 2013.  This is open to both regular and freelance journalists with at least five years experience, from mainstream media including print, electronic, radio, online media and news agencies/wires to study, analyse and report on the issues mentioned above. The working language will be English; however the fellows are welcome to publish in other regional languages, viz., Assamese and Bengali.

Task Implementation Plan and expected outputs

Following are the specific outputs that are expected:

  • The deliverables from the Fellowship over the three-month award period will comprise a total of three print or TV/audio stories for every fellow
  • An anthology of the disseminated/published/aired News-Clips/Video Footage to IUCN
  • A summary report on their activities and feedback on the Ecosystems for Life Media Fellowship - 2013

Ecosystems for Life and IUCN seek to put credible and substantive information, critical to lives of millions, into the public domain. Therefore IUCN insists that the Fellows follow the highest reporting standards.

IUCN will not support any report with inaccurate data or information.

Trans-boundary issues are sensitive in the region. Given the fact that the project is trying to find policy options for both Bangladesh and India by building bridges between the research community and civil society across both the countries, an act of prudence would be to exercise judiciousness in compiling and disseminating the reports.

To ensure this, IUCN and the Fellows will conduct a review of all outputs before any dissemination. This will also help in closing information gaps in the final outputs.

General Terms and conditions

  • All content will be uploaded on the  website.
  • All content submitted under these fellowships will be under the Creative Commons Licence. IUCN has the right to use and/or reproduce wholly or partially the articles/photographs, arising out of the Fellowship Programme, in any of its publications, without any additional payment.     
  • The support provided by IUCN for this Media Fellowships should be suitably acknowledged in all the articles/photos.
  • Copyright and ownership of all work will rest with the fellows

Application procedure

All applications should be sent to

The application should include the following documents:

  • A copy of curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A comprehensive fellowship proposal (in English) outlining:

                 a)    Region (state/district) on which the proposal is focused
                 b)    Subject/s and story ideas that the applicant proposes to focus on (1000 words maximum)
                 c)    Tentative travel plans, budget and time
                 d)    Three references along with recommendation/nomination letters from each of concerned individuals (Editor/news editor/chief news editor)

Payments will be disbursed in two instalments.

Disbursement date Instalments
  1st instalment ( 30% of the total budgeted amount), after signing of the agreement
  Final Instalment (70% of the total budgeted amount), after submission of final report
  Travel reimbursement on-actual

For more information please contact:

In Bangladesh

AJM Zobaidur Rahman Soeb

Communications Officer
Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative
Tel/Fax: 880 2 9890395, 9892854

In India

Sushmita Mandal
Dialogue Coordinator
Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative
IUCN India Country Office
Tel/Fax: +91-11-26527742, 46052583

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