The Without Borders Media Fellowship aims to encourage cross-border and hyper-local reporting. It leverages scientific storytelling to draw attention to emerging crises in public health and humanitarian aid. Fellows work on their field-intensive projects by engaging closely with mentors, who are experts and thought leaders in journalism and public health, as well as medical and operations specialists from the MSF movement.

Stories from the heart of crises give a voice to the vulnerable, support medical and humanitarian advocacy, and encourage dialogue on humanitarian values. MSF is looking for journalists, photographers, filmmakers, and newsrooms to work together, build communities of practice, and support humanitarian actors to better understand crises and contexts while working with compassion.

The Without Borders Media Fellowship is dedicated to promoting continuous reporting and outreach on the complex interplay of factors that impact public health and humanitarian crises. These factors include planetary health, social class, crime and violence, urban development, access to health resources, diagnosis and treatment, transportation, city planning, and disparities in healthcare access.

The fellowship has several objectives. Firstly, it seeks to encourage both cross-border and hyper-local reporting on health and humanitarian crises, fostering a deeper understanding of these issues on a global and local scale. Secondly, it aims to leverage multimedia storytelling techniques to raise public awareness and promote sensitization to these critical challenges. Thirdly, the fellowship aims to engage a community of individuals and organizations interested in emergency response and medical action.

One important aspect of the fellowship is its focus on documenting and highlighting critical practices or policy issues in healthcare delivery. By shedding light on these aspects, the fellowship seeks to contribute to improvements in healthcare systems and policies.

To support media professionals in their work, the fellowship provides various resources. These include covering reporting costs, facilitating access to projects run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), sharing knowledge on MSF’s model of care, offering mentorship, providing training and sensitization opportunities, and offering resources to produce in-depth and insightful reporting.

Overall, the Without Borders Media Fellowship plays a crucial role in supporting media professionals in their efforts to report on public health and humanitarian crises, driving greater understanding, awareness, and positive change in these areas.


  • Award range between INR 50,000 to INR 2,00,000, depending on individual circumstances,
  • Comprehensive support throughout the fellowship including:
    • Mentorship,
    • Subject matter sensitization and training,
    • Access to MSF projects and experts,
    • Funding for reporting costs during field visits, based on reasonable and detailed budgets.


  • Must be a media professional who has proven expertise in writing about gender, public health, development, public policy, or related topics.
  • Journalists working for both English and regional language publications are eligible to apply for this fellowship opportunity.
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the field.


  1. Former fellows are eligible to apply; however, priority will be given to first-time applicants.
Eligible Regions: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives and Pakistan.

Application Process

  • The application must be submitted through the official WITHOUT BORDERS MEDIA FELLOWSHIP form along with a CV. (Available on the apply link.)


  1. Applications must be submitted in English.

Application Deadline: June 5, 2023

Application ClosedOfficial link

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