A springboard for new talent covering stories globally with creativity and integrity.
What are the benefits?
- Year-long, remote programme of support
- £1000 production grant
- Executive producer for your project
- One-to-one career mentorship
- Fair Reporting and Security Guidance
- Industry workshops + webinars
- Network of like-minded Fellowship alumni
Who are we looking for?
- Journalists and filmmakers ready to take the next leap in their career reporting from the global south.
- Anyone from all around the world. We particularly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups (people of colour, ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities).
- 10 International Fellows
What projects do we support?
- Creative and engaging non-fiction stories from low- and middle-income countries across the global south.
- Proposals for a short documentary film, print, audio or multimedia piece.
- Projects that can be delivered in one year.
- Projects that highlight the voices of people who are not often heard.
The FT Africa Journalism Fellowship with OWM
Do you have an idea for the next long read from Sub-Saharan Africa that could go in the Financial Times? We’re excited to announce a new partnership to make this happen.
In collaboration with the FT, we’re looking for a mid-career journalist from, based in and covering Sub-Saharan Africa, with an ambitious written story to tell a global audience.
Meet the 2023 Fellows
We are thrilled to introduce the 10 talented
journalists and filmmakers selected to
join this year’s One World Media Fellowship.
The final selection of Fellows for the One World Media Fellowship 2023 will be made by a jury of experienced industry professionals.
Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Editor, BBC Eye Investigations
Mentoring is an opportunity to nurture young talent, develop new voices and connect with the next generation. If you would like to act as a mentor for our Fellowship please contact us.
Commissioning Editor of Factual, BBC Radio 4
Health Correspondent, KQED Public Radio
Producer & Director
Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs
Freelance Consultant + Executive Producer
Director & Cinematographer
Director & Founder, We Are Not The Machine
Director and Executive Producer, Ronachan Films
Producer and Director
Deputy Editor of Panorama, BBC
Journalist & Founder of Africa-Related
Producer & Director
Independent Media Consultant + Freelance Executive Producer of Global Documentaries
Journalist & Filmmaker
Founder + Managing Director of Dartmouth Films
Editor, Digital Documentaries, BBC News Arabic
Head of Foreign News, Channel 4
Creative Director, Woodcut Media
Journalist, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Director and Producer, True Vision TV
Filmmaker & Editor
Journalist & Founder of Egab
“I’ve learned a lot through this journey! It has increased my confidence in myself and in knowing what a good story is, who a compelling or powerful character is, and also in my own ability – from being there in the edit guiding the process to even directing the cinematographer while we were filming.”
LYDIA MATATA – OWM FELLOW
Join a network of passionate and
talented filmmakers, journalists and media makers
Since 2001, the Fellowship (previously the Production Fund) has supported 248 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 75 different countries across the global south. This has grown into a welcoming and collaborative community of One World Media alumni – a community that our Fellows have the invaluable opportunity to become a part of.
Find out more about our previous Fellowship cohorts:
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an application fee?
Application to the OWM Fellowship is free.
Can I apply with more than one project?
We suggest you apply with your strongest proposal. However if you wish to apply with multiple projects, you need to fill in a separate application for each proposal.
Who do I get a reference letter from?
Your reference should be written on headed paper and can be from a tutor/lecturer, a commissioner, an employer, or an established practitioner in your medium that is familiar with your work. It should clarify in what capacity your referee knows you; confirmation that they are familiar with your work, and a comment on your application, particularly your ability to deliver the piece of media proposed.
How much research do I need to show?
We expect you to have researched and verified your stories before applying. We will generally not consider your proposal if you have not established contacts and contributors on the ground and obtained their agreement to take part. We do not expect you to have a trailer or existing footage, however it always helps if you have any visuals to support your application.
How much experience do you expect the applicants to have?
We aim to support journalists and media makers at the early stages of their careers. We expect a basic level of industry experience, as we do not provide any technical training, and expect you to be able to deliver the piece of media you are proposing. We prioritise emerging and early career applicants, over established filmmakers and journalists who have directed or produced numerous pieces and already have access to a network of industry professionals in their field.
Which project locations are eligible?
What type of media do you support?
We support non-fiction media across all platforms: film, print, audio, photojournalism, and multimedia.
Who is eligible to apply for the Fellowship?
The applications are open to anyone from around the world, as long as the proposed story is about or from the global south.
Do you support projects at post production stage?
Unfortunately, no. We support projects at pre-production or production stage, where the main reporting has not yet taken place.
How does the selection process work?
Call for applications for the Fellowship open once a year in February, with a deadline in April. Applications are shortlisted in house then put to a jury panel of industry professionals who select the winning applications. Our new Fellows are announced in June.
Do you select Fellows based on the project or the applicant?
We consider each application individually, both in terms of the proposed project, and the applicant’s profile, experience and career ambitions.
What type of stories are you looking for?
We are looking for stories that highlight the voices of people living in the global south, particularly those that are not often heard. We seek original stories, told in engaging ways. We encourage positive, empowering, and solutions oriented pieces, considering the context and working in partnership with local people.
I wasn't selected for the Fellowship. How can I receive feedback?
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to provide individual feedback on applications that are not selected. Here are some of the most common reasons for applications not being shortlisted: access not secured, budget not feasible, project too large scale, topic or characters not original, applicant too early or advanced in their career, research not thorough enough. It could also be that there was nothing wrong with your application and simply there were other stronger applications, so we encourage that you try again next round, with an updated proposal.
How long should my final project be?
We support small scale projects that can be delivered in a year. This differs depending on the type of media you work in, however for documentary films, this is under 30 minutes.
How long do I have to deliver my work?
You have one calendar year to complete your proposed media and deliver either a short film, a print article, an audio or a multimedia piece.
Can I seek further external funding after I become a Fellow?
We expect you to have the majority of your budget in place at the time of your application, and ready to start production. There are no restrictions on receiving more funding during the process, as long as you keep us informed, and the changes in the scale of the project do not affect your delivery to One World Media. While we fully support your journey to receive commissions and reach further audiences, we still expect you to deliver a short piece of media within one year.
The One World Media Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners:
Journalist & Founder of Egab×