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Mongabay Africa Scholarships for Environmental Journalism 2024

Mongabay Africa is excited to announce the launch of its French-speaking scholarship program for environmental journalism across the African continent. This unique opportunity is designed for aspiring journalists residing in key biodiversity locations to produce insightful reports on critical environmental issues. The primary goal of this program is to support the professional growth of participants by providing them with training, hands-on experience, and credibility in the field of environmental journalism. Mongabay envisions that these fellows will eventually become integral members of its expanding global network, contributing regularly to its platform.


The French-speaking fellowship program by Mongabay Africa accommodates up to 12 fellows annually, with each cohort comprising six individuals from diverse countries. Under the guidance of experienced editors-in-chief, fellows will gain valuable experience within the international news organization, honing their skills in environmental reporting and building a portfolio of original publications to advance their careers. The program, running twice a year from April to June and from October to December, targets six countries in Africa, varying by cohort. Scholars will receive a monthly stipend of $500 during the three-month program, totalling $1,500, while committing to producing three reports in collaboration with the editorial team.

Applicants for the Africa Scholarships for Environmental Journalism must demonstrate a passion for environmental journalism, possess the ability to work remotely with a stable internet connection and dedicate 10 hours per week to the program. The inaugural cohort requires candidates to be based in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, or Togo. No specific educational level is mandated for application, making this opportunity accessible to a wide range of individuals interested in environmental reporting. To apply, candidates must submit all required documents in French, including a CV, a cover letter addressing career goals and reasons for selection, and a journalistic writing sample related to an environmental theme. The selection process is conducted internally by the Mongabay team, with notifications sent out at least two weeks before the cohort begins. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications promptly, with deadlines for the April-June and October-December cohorts falling between February 26 – March 15 and June 15 – July 1, respectively.

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