Journalists in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are often in need of resources (space, time, and means) to support investigative stories on the impacts of climate change and other drivers of change. Under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) , and specifically its communication and outreach component, the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), GRID-Arendal, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) will provide a limited number of grants to support professional journalists in reporting investigative stories on climate-related environmental issues, with special regard to adaptation measures.
HICAP, a major initiative under ICIMOD’s Regional Programme on Adaptation to Change, is a five-year (2011–2016) applied and basic research programme. It focuses on five sub-basins of major Himalayan river systems: two sub-basins of the Brahmaputra and one each of the Indus, Ganges, and Salween-Mekong. The HICAP grant programme seeks to encourage journalists from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to report on climate change across the five sub-basins: the upper Indus, Koshi, upper Brahmaputra, eastern Brahmaputra, and Salween-upper Mekong.
Journalists should cover climate change in these target areas in an innovative and creative way. They should be willing to examine all aspects of climate change and its impacts: environmental, economic, and social. They should also investigate how communities can adapt to change and suggest possible solutions for the problems encountered.
Journalists from all media outlets can apply – print, radio, television, and online.
Journalists of all nationalities may apply, however, grants will be preferentially allocated to reporters from countries associated with the project (including China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan).
Journalists working in non-English media are welcome to apply, but must indicate a proficiency in English, as English is the working language of the programme.
Guidelines for application
To qualify for a grant, applicants should apply to firstname.lastname@example.org before 25 June 2013 and provide the following information:
A clear and concise description of their intended project (maximum 2 pages)
An updated Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
A list of up to 10 relevant stories on climate change (including title, year, weblink to stories)
A signed and stamped letter from the editor of a reputable publishing or broadcast agency indicating an interest in broadcasting the project story
Specifics of project duration (duration of project including associated travel/research and publication of stories, should not exceed 3 months)
A detailed breakdown of the proposed budget (expenses concerning travel, accommodation, incidentals, and any other requirements)
Plans for self-financing, including the availability of funds. Applicants should consider that the last grant payment will only be made once stories have been successfully published.
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of experts from CICERO, GRID-Arendal, ICIMOD, international senior journalists, and senior editors from the region. Only successful applicants will be notified via email.
Inquiries regarding the status of applications will not be entertained.
Photo: Journalism training workshop in Dhulikel, Nepal, February 2013. © Lawrence Hislop