The Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship

Applications are now closed.

The Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship helps Latin American journalists improve their investigative reporting skills, either generally or in a specialty reporting area such as immigration, environment, science and technology or business, through a two-week long program.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship program runs every other year. Applications for the 2019 fellowship are now closed.

This year's fellowship will be awarded to two Latin American journalists who seek to improve their environmental reporting skills. The two-week professional program will take place in Lima, Peru, and will include appointments with area investigative journalists, environmental experts, and short embeds with media outlets specializing in environmental coverage. During the program, Fellows will conduct reporting based on a specific project or objective that they have proposed in their application.

Apply to the Fellowship

This fellowship is open to Latin American journalists who are fluent in Spanish and proficient in English, and who are working at a news organization or as a freelance journalist based in the region.

To apply, please submit an application, complete with a brief project proposal. ICFJ is open to reporting projects, story packages, or learning goals that can be completed by the end of the two-week fellowship and do not present safety threats to the participant.

Key dates:

August 28: Application deadline

October 13: Arrive in Lima, Peru

October 14 - October 25: Fellowship program

To be considered, candidates should:

  • Be early- to mid-career journalists working at independent news organizations, including print, radio, television or online media in Latin America who have an interest in honing their investigative reporting skills;
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in journalism;
  • Have a desire to develop strong professional skills and a self-starting attitude;
  • Outline their interest in investigative reporting and environmental reporting in particular;
  • Outline what technical skills they want to improve, if any -- such as data visualization, mapping or increasing audience engagement for environmental storytelling;
  • Propose a project that they wish to develop during the program. This might or might not include a reporting project.
  • Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and demonstrate enough proficiency in the English language to function in an English language business setting.


Program Dates:
10/14/2019 - 10/25/2019
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