Application deadline: Thu, 2 April 2020
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 developing countries
- Anyone from all around the world. We particularly encourage submissions from BAME applicants
- 10 International Fellows + 10 Fellows across Africa
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
2020 Fellowship Judges
The final selection of the 20 Fellows for this year’s One World Media Fellowship will be made by two juries of experienced industry professionals. Our International Jury will select 10 Fellows from all over the world, and our Africa Jury will select 10 Fellows from across Africa.
Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs
Assistant Editor, Financial Times
Senior Foreign News Editor, Sky News
Commissioning Editor & Executive Producer
Head of Journalism for Africa, BBC
Filmmaker, Co-founder of WeOwnTv
Senior Crisis Advisor, Amnesty International
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 208 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 75 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.
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?
Here is a list of developing countries.
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 a developing country. We have 10 spaces reserved for applicants from across Africa, and 10 spaces for applicants based anywhere else in the world.
Who is eligible for the 10 spaces reserved for applicants across Africa?
Applicants who are from AND based in the continent of Africa, which means those who hold citizenship, and live and work primarily in Africa. If you are based in Africa but from anywhere else in the world, please select the International category.
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 May.
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 developing world, 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.