This program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism -- in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on.

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We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Questions to Anup Kaphle, Fellowships Chair: anupkaphle [at]

A total of up to $20,000 may be given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000.

Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses.

These Fellowships, launched in 2005 to ensure follow-up reportage about the 2004 tsunami and its victims, were initially funded by SAJA members, corporate donors and friends of SAJA. For the last seven years, SRF received a major financial boost thanks to the support of the Mahadeva Family Foundation, which will make an annual contribution of $20,000. "The support of Kumar Mahadeva and Simi Ahuja, who have been part of the SAJA community for more than a decade, is critical to SAJA's core mission of improving the coverage of South Asia through the SAJA Reporting Fellowships and similar programs," said Sandeep Junnarkar, the group's Awards & Fellowships chair and professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. "This is going to have a major impact on the kind of stories that the Fellows do and how Americans learn about what's going on in South Asia today."

The fellowship is open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora.

To be eligible for this year's fellowship, applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated experience in completing high-level, comprehensive journalistic projects.

  • Produce content in the English language.

  • Be able to publish or broadcast the finished work in North America (U.S. and Canada).

  • Applicants need not be based in North America, but the final work MUST be published in a U.S. or Canadian media outlet.

  • Be willing to work with an editor, chosen by SAJA, who will oversee the successful completion of the project.

  • Be available to discuss the project at SAJA events, including but not limited to the annual SAJA convention and/or panel discussions.

  • In addition, the news organization(s) that publish(es) or air(s) the finished work(s) must agree to provide a prominent credit to SAJA. You will need a letter of interest from a publication.

The complete proposal

  • Proposed project description and a plan for publication, in no more than 350 words.

  • Preliminary budget estimate that includes a breakdown of costs.

  • Samples of previously published work, either print, online or broadcast.

  • Three professional references, which include at least one reference letter from an editor or producer showing interest in publication of your proposed project.

  • Resume


Timeline for the fellowship process will be as follows:

1. Applicants will apply via

2. Once an applicant is chosen for the reporting fellowship, he/she would receive an email from the SRF committee, with a detailed list of deliverables in order to receive the grant. The deliverables would include the following:

  • An updated photo of the applicant

  • An updated bio

  • Project title

  • A summary introduction to the project (200 words)

  • Introduction to the project (less than 30 words)

  • Image for the project (to be provided once fellow lands in the country they are reporting in)

3. The applicant would get the first half of the amount allocated before leaving the trip after agreeing to the terms of the fellowship that would include providing the information asked above. The second half of the fellowship amount would be given after providing the following, which would be part of the initial agreement the fellows commit to:

  • Primary article or Video or TV segment

  • 2 blog posts written from the field, to be published on SRF website

  • One slideshow of photographs sent from the field, to be published on SRF website

  • A report detailing the reporting experience, written in first person as a reporter’s diary, to be published on SRF website.

The fellows would credit The South Asian Journalists Association on any and every story written and published from the field for all publications.