Call for Applications Mekong Data Journalism Fellowship 2021, Round Two

The East-West Center and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, in partnership with the Stimson Center, are pleased to launch a second and final round of fellowships to journalists from Mekong  countries. The fellowship provides fellows with the opportunity to develop data journalism skills and support data-driven investigations into water security challenges and solutions in the Mekong region. 

Selected Fellows will join a series of virtual seminars with experts in fields such as water management and geopolitics, attend a part-time 40-hour face to face virtual data journalism training three days a week, complete 40-hours of video tutorials and assignment, and receive one-on-one mentorship support to produce a data-driven media story. 

Fellows will pitch stories based on topics aligned with the theme of this Fellowship. The exact dates and times of the trainings and seminars will be set later according to participating journalists’ schedules.


  • Applicants must be nationals of one of the following countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand or Vietnam.    

  • As the data journalism training courses will be conducted in English (with Burmese language support) or Khmer, applicants can select which language option training they want to join in the application form. They must be proficient in the language taught in the course and have some basic English skill to understand some English-language training materials that will be provided during the course. We will only be accepting applications in English, Burmese or Khmer language.   

  • We are seeking journalists (online, print, television, radio, multimedia) and other expert media practitioners with 2-3 years of journalism experience, preferably including reporting on environmental issues in the Mekong region and with an interest in applying data journalism in their work. We do not require applicants to have prior data journalism experience.   

  • We encourage applications from freelancers and staff of all types of media organizations – international, national, local and community-based. Freelance journalists will need to guarantee publication/broadcast and should identify the media outlet(s) through which they plan to distribute their stories.  

Selection criteria:

When applying, keep in mind that we are looking for applicants who are:   

  • Passionate storytellers   

  • Curious about data   

  • Can examine an issue from multiple angles   

  • Committed to telling public interest stories   

  • Have a clear idea of an environmental issue they want to cover with data   

  • Open to working together with a diverse team of data experts, designers and editors to tell stories   

  • NO previous data journalism experience is required.

How to apply: via website

DEADLINE: 27 June 2021, 11:59 PM, (UTC +07)