What are the benefits?
- £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 developing countries
- Anyone from all around the world. We particularly encourage submissions from BAME applicants
- 3 places reserved for international Fellows from and based in developing countries
What projects do we support?
- Creative and engaging non-fiction stories from developing countries
- Proposals for a short documentary film, print, audio or multimedia piece
- Projects that highlight the voices of people who are not often heard
- Proposals that demonstrate a willingness to work with their subjects in co-production of a story
Meet Our Judges
The final selection of winning applications for the One World Media Fellowship is made by a jury of experienced industry professionals.
Senior Producer, Sky News
Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs
Shorts & Streaming Producer, POV
Multimedia Editor, Special Projects, The Guardian
Meet Our Mentors
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
Editor, VICE Magazine UK
Independent Media Consultant + Freelance Executive Producer of Global Documentaries
Founder + Managing Director of Dartmouth Films
Head of Foreign News, Channel 4
Creative Director, Woodcut Media
Founder, Indypendent PR
Producer and Director
Deputy Editor of Panorama, BBC
Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs
Freelance Consultant + Executive Producer
Director and Executive Producer, Ronachan Films
Director and Producer, True Vision TV
International Affairs Editor, ITV
“I’m delighted with everything One World Media has done for me. This project has become bigger than I could have imagined and provided me with a really solid entry point into the industry. If OWM hadn’t taken the chance and provided me with the grant, none of it would have happened.”
Dan Faber – One World Media Fellow 2018
talented filmmakers, journalists and media makers
Since 2001, the Fellowship (previously the Production Fund) has supported 184 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 72 developing countries. 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.
Which project locations are eligible?
Here is a list of developing countries.
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.
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.
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.
Can I apply from outside the UK?
The applications are open to anyone from around the world, as long as the proposed story is about or from a developing country. We have 3 spaces reserved for international filmmakers working locally.
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 May.
How long should my final project be?
We support small scale projects that can be delivered in a year. 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.