Impulse Model Press Lab

Four-Week Cross-Border Human Trafficking Journalism Fellowship

Impulse NGO Network will run a Four-Week Fellowship for mid-career journalists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar to conduct major in-depth reports on cross-border human trafficking in and across the neighbouring countries.

Journalists will build their networks across the different countries and will work with local journalists and experts to conduct their reports. Experienced journalists from a Core Committee will act as mentors to the fellows, providing them with professional guidance and support throughout the fellowship.

Fellows will also engage with technical experts – lawyers, police officers, psychologists and gender specialists – and receive training in these areas to report sensitively and effectively on human trafficking issues.


The four-week fellowship is open to experienced mid-career journalists from India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal with a specific interest in cross-border human trafficking and strong reporting skills.

To be a part of this Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Have 3 – 5 years of journalism or reporting experience
  • Be English speaking, however, can work and publish in his/her local language
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and knowledge of issues related to human trafficking
  • Obtain a recommendation from publisher/editor and agreement to undertake the fellowship and publish stories
  • Receive consent from their respective Editor(s) to travel to two different countries to conduct reports on unsafe migration and cross-border human trafficking as part of the fellowship

Journalists who are survivors of human trafficking, women and from marginalised castes are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

Expectations and Timelines


Fellows will spend a total of three months reporting their story, with four weeks dedicated to traveling. Through the Fellowship, journalists are expected to:

  • Bring exposure to the issue of human trafficking with one major in-depth story covering at least two of the four countries (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal)
  • Develop connections with local experts and media in the countries reporting from
  • Add to the pool of well-informed and well-connected journalists committed to fighting cross-border human trafficking
  • Become part of Impulse NGO Network’s Press network, to influence a wider network of professional colleagues, civil society, lawmakers etc., adding to the cycle of change
  • Application and Selection Process: June 2018 – August 2018
  • Fellowship Planning: August 2018 – September 2018
  • Cross-Border Reporting: September 2018 – November 2018 (four weeks will be dedicated to travel)

2018 Fellowship Applications are now closed. Final Lists of Selected Fellows will be announced in the 1st week of September, 2018.

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