Bertha Foundation Challenge Fellowships 2023 for Activists and Investigative Journalists (Non-Residential Paid Fellowship)

Application deadline: June 26, 2022

The Bertha Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth Bertha Challenge: an opportunity for activists and investigative journalists to spend a year working on an urgent social justice challenge. and deliver a body of work at the end of the fellowship year. Successful applicants will receive non-residential scholarships paid and project budgets to work independently and together to:

The Bertha Challenge is an opportunity for activists and investigative journalists to spend a year focusing on a pressing social justice issue.

How does the relationship between politics and corporate control over our food systems contribute to environmental devastation and hunger and how can food production center people and nutrition rather than profit?

Successful applicants receive a paid non-residential fellowship and project budget to work independently and together to:

  • Investigate the causes and solutions of the annual Bertha Challenge
  • Amplify their findings to a wider target audience
  • Relate with various stakeholders for information, support and lasting impact

Advantages

  • Income for each Bertha Scholar for one year
  • A project fund for each Bertha Fellow to produce a culminating product that answers the question posed by the Bertha Challenge
  • A Connect fund specially designed to encourage collaboration between fellows
  • Peer and mentor support in the form of regular virtual check-ins with Bertha staff and a cohort of Bertha Fellows
  • Global meetings of Bertha Fellows at the start and end of the Bertha Challenge.

Revenue for each Bertha Fellow for one year, not to exceed US$64,900 and match the applicant’s current salary or equivalent at the host organization – ideally media for an investigative journalist and an NGO, community organization or social movement for a militant.

A project fund up to US$10,000 for each Bertha Fellow to produce their final projects that answer the question posed by the Bertha Challenge, and which are aimed at a specific audience.

  • Access to a Connect fund up to US$5,000 specially designed to encourage collaboration among fellows
  • Regular online discussions with topics on a range of issues from current food debates to methods of investigation, methods of communicating results through news media, storytelling, popular education and more
  • Peer support and mentors in the form of regular virtual check-ins with Bertha staff and a cohort of Bertha Fellows
  • A global meeting Bertha Scholars at the start of the Bertha Challenge, and invitations to join alumni reunions after the scholarship year ends.

Deliverables

This is a full-time scholarship. Bertha Scholars will spend their time working in their home country and will be expected to:

  • Attend an in-person global meeting that will take place near the start of the challenge
  • Develop and deliver a project that answers the Bertha Challenge question
  • Participate in two virtual meetings per month and occasionally host these meetings
  • Develop local and global network relationships.

Selection criteria:

  • Bertha strives to select an inclusive and representative cohort of Bertha Fellows that celebrates diversity.
  • Bertha Fellows will be selected on their individual merit but also on their complementary skills to the cohort, their existing and/or proposed networks and the prospects for the long-term impact of their work.

Application requirements

All applicants must submit:

  • A completed online application form
  • A brief curriculum vitae/CV in English of no more than three pages
  • A list of 2-4 references including name, relationship to candidate and contact details
  • A signed Memorandum of Understanding from your potential host organization – including commensurate salary and all benefits provided.
  • Examples of previous work.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Bertha Foundation Challenge Scholarships 2023

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