Applications are open for the Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Programme 2023 (up to $3,000)

Deadline: February 10, 2023

Applications are open for the Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Programme 2023. The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Programme builds on Mongabay's long-running internship programme, which has helped bolster the capacity of environmental journalists in a field where such experience can be hard to acquire.

Since 2008, the programme has provided training and first-hand reporting experience for dozens of budding journalists in more than a dozen countries. Mongabay interns have gone on to establish careers as professional journalists, communications professionals at scientific institutions and conservation NGOs, and at Mongabay itself.

The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Programme will support up to 12 fellows per year — six at their global English bureau and six at their Spanish-language bureau, Mongabay-Latam. Each cohort will consist of three fellows per bureau. Fellows will gain valuable experience working with a range of editors at their international news outlet, develop their environmental reporting skills, and create a portfolio of original publications that should help them advance their careers in journalism.


  • Each fellow will receive $500 USD a month for the duration of the six-month fellowship, or $3,000 USD in total. During that time, fellows will work directly with the fellowship editor to produce six stories.
  • Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with multiple Mongabay editors, including those who specialize in different areas.


  • Applicants must be from a low- to upper-middle income tropical country, as classified by the World Bank. "High-income" tropical countries, such as Singapore and Australia, are excluded from the fellowship.  A list of eligible countries can be found here .
  • Applicants must be aspiring, early-career environmental journalists.
  • Applicants must be able to work remotely and commit to 10 hours per week.
  • There is no education requirement to apply for the programme. The fellowship is not linked to any university.
  • All application materials must be submitted in the appropriate language (English for the English-language programme and Spanish for the Spanish-language programme).
  • All materials must adhere to the guidelines below; applications that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.

Judging Criteria

  • Basic understanding of and interest in reporting and writing news stories;
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues;
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental journalism as a career;
  • Proven communication skills;
  • Capacity to fulfill all of the fellowship requirements and reporting plans.


On the application form, you will be asked to fill out basic contact information, answer a few questions about your interest, and upload the following documents:

  • Resume (1-2 pages maximum)
  • Cover letter (1 page maximum) introducing yourself and answering:
    • What are your career goals, and how does environmental journalism fit in?
    • Why should Mongabay select you for this fellowship?
  • One writing sample in a journalistic style (published or unpublished) related to conservation or other environmental issues.

Apply here for the English-language programme
Apply here for the Spanish-language programme

For more information, visit Conservation Reporting Fellowship.

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