Mekong Data-Journalism Fellowship



In partnership with the Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and the Stimson Center, the East-West Center is offering the 2021 Mekong Data-Journalism Fellowship opportunity for 10-12 journalists from the Mekong region, which will include: 

  • Virtual interactive seminars with global and regional experts on water security and river management and its impact on the environment and local communities
  • Free step-by-step 80-hour virtual data journalism training, organized by Internews and the Stimson Center, with training support from Open Development Cambodia and Thibi 
  • USD $3000 fellowship stipend per fellow to contribute towards their time and any costs associated with story production during the fellowship period 
  • Learn how to use the Stimson Center’s datasets on Mekong Infrastructure Tracker and Mekong Dams Monitor to develop stories 
  • 1-to-1 mentorship by senior journalists throughout story production 
  • Support and promotion of story by Internews Earth Journalism Network and the East-West Center
  • E-certificate upon completion of fellowship 


The partnership between EJN, Stimson Center, and EWC will provide selected Fellows the opportunity to gain an increased understanding of the issues relating to water security along the Mekong River Basin, the availability of open data and a step-by-step guidance to produce impactful and data-driven media stories that will raise awareness of water security challenges and solutions in the Mekong region. 


The call for applications just launched for the second round of the Mekong Data-Journalism Fellowship! Click HERE for more details on the application process and Fellowship parameters.  



Katie Bartels

Program Coordinator, Professional Development Program