Internews’ EJN Scholarships for Journalists to Cover Biodiversity Conferences

Internews’ EJN Scholarships for Journalists to Cover Biodiversity Conferences

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is pleased to announce its second round of travel grants for journalists interested in attending – and reporting from – conferences and global summits related to biodiversity issues that are taking place in 2023.

This opportunity is intended to enable journalists from around the world to cover biodiversity-related conferences and negotiations for their home audiences.

Eligible conferences may include, but are not limited to:

  • International Congress for Conservation Biology — 23-27 July 2023 — Kigali, Rwanda
    3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference — 13-15 March 2023 — Dublin, Ireland

  • EcoSummit 2023 — 13-17 June 2023 — Gold Coast, Australia

  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation — 2-6 July 2023 — Tamil Nadu, India
    One Forest Summit — March 2023 — Libreville, Gabon


    To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from a low- or middle-income country. EJN will offer scholarships to journalists from the countries listed here.

  • Have previous experience reporting on environmental issues and clearly indicate the kinds of stories they might pursue while attending the conference.

  • Commit to attending all days of the conference they are proposing to attend.

  • Provide a letter of support from an editor or media outlet, committing to publish or broadcast any stories produced as a result of this scholarship. This is expected of both staffers and freelancers.

  • Submit samples of their work, which can be uploaded as documents or web links. Stories can be in any language as long as they are accompanied by a
    short English synopsis. Story clips related to biodiversity issues are preferred.

  • Allow copies of stories produced from the conference to be re-published on the EJN website and distributed via social media, with due credit being given to the original media outlet.

    Travel fund logistics

  • EJN expect to award scholarships of up to US$2,500 each. The amount may vary depending on whether international travel is needed for attendance at the conference. In general, applications with frugal requests will be viewed with more favor.

  • Applications for conference scholarships will be accepted until 6th January 2023. Decisions will be communicated before the end of February.

  • Format and language of publication: Journalists may produce stories in print, online, radio or broadcast formats. Stories produced as a result of this scholarship can be in any language. We ask that Fellows translate at least one of their stories into English so it can be shared with a wider audience.

  • Acknowledgement of support: We fully respect journalists’ editorial independence, and throughout the conference journalists are free to report as they see fit. We do ask, however, that published stories and/or broadcasts disclose EJN support by including this tagline: “The journalist was awarded a travel scholarship by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.”

  • Republication rights: Those who are awarded grants are free to publish or broadcast stories produced as a result of the scholarship first in their affiliated media as long as Internews’ EJN, its partners and the grant funders are also given rights to edit, publish, broadcast and distribute them freely.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Internews’ EJN Scholarships for Journalists to Cover Biodiversity Conferences

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