IWMF Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador & U.S./Mexico Border 2018 (Fully-funded)

IWMF Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador & U.S./Mexico Border 2018 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: March 26, 2018

The IWMF is pleased to announce its Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico Border: Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas. A group of journalists will report on Rural Security and Development from San Salvador, El Salvador. Concurrently, another group of journalists will cover Trade and its Human Impact from the U.S./Mexico Border: Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the border.

Both trips will take place June 14 – 29, 2018, which includes travel dates. All Fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete a four-day, comprehensive security training and an orientation about Latin America and Adelante focused countries from June 14 – 18. Fellows then depart for a nine-day, independent or team reporting trip in San Salvador or Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the U.S./Mexico border.

Fellows will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting. The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in both locations. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.


  • The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates;
  • The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs;
  • Visa costs will also be covered. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.


  • Open to affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience;
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply;
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program;
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.


The IWMF will accept online applications from February 20 – March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Apply using the IWMF’s Submittable page.

For more information, visit IWMF Reporting Fellowships.