WaterAid India

WASH Matters 2018

The entries for the fellowship are now closed. Results to be announced in last week of September.

WaterAid India launches its first Media Fellowship Program ‘WASH Matters 2018’. The fellowship aims to create awareness around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues in the country through long format narratives.

About Water Aid

WaterAid is an international non-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. Since 1986, WaterAid in India has successfully implemented water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, extending benefits to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities across 11 plus states in India.

WaterAid India strives to make universal access to clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene a reality by 2030, the target year for Sustainable Development Goals.

About Water Aid
About Water Aid

India is suffering from “the worst water crises” in its history, with about 600 million people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year dying due to inadequate access to safe water as per the recent Niti Aayog Report.

The lack of access to clean water also imposes a huge financial and health burden on some of the country’s most marginalised sections.

‘WASH Matters 2018’ aims to highlight the various problems faced by urban and rural communities when it comes to accessing clean water like walking for miles and spending hours for just a few buckets of water or the severe health implications of consuming unclean water. It further aims to explore the physical, economic and social repercussions due to lack of clean water.

As WaterAid India and its partners strive towards making clean water accessible for everyone, everywhere through context specific community-led sustainable solutions, ‘WASH Matters 2018 Media Fellowship’ through field visits will encourage the selected fellows to document stories on the reality of access to clean water – the crises and the solutions through the lens of individual and community narratives.

Who can apply

  • Print, online, television and photo journalists interested in water, sanitation and hygiene issues
  • Applicants should have minimum three years of experience as a media professional
  • Associated with a media house or independent media professionals

Please Note

  • Applicants should be Indian media professionals, residing in India
  • Previous experience in reporting on WASH and related themes/topics will be an advantage
  • Journalists from non-English media are encouraged to apply
Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose (not more than 500 words)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of assurance from the media house to publish the stories
  • Two references with contact details
  • Five samples of published work
  • Professional achievements, if any


  • Once selected, the fellows will have to attend an introductory workshop with WaterAid India
  • The selected fellows will be required to travel to minimum two field sites of WaterAid India in the country. The stories may or may not be limited to WaterAid India’s interventions but must contribute to the larger dialogue on the theme
  • The selected candidates will be expected to publish/broadcast long format investigative/ human interest stories, features or photo essays
  • Each fellow is to publish a minimum of three stories during the fellowship period
  • In case of print or online stories, the stories should preferably be in long format, a minimum of 1200 words for dailies, 2000 words for online/magazines. In case of video, it should be exclusive long format content for broadcast platforms (minimum 10 minutes)
  • After the field/site visits, the candidates are expected to share a draft version of their stories with WaterAid India
  • The fellows must acknowledge the support of WaterAid India when they publish or present their stories elsewhere
  • Post the fellowship, the articles/reports become the joint property of WaterAid India and the fellow. Once published, the stories would also be published on WaterAid India’s website www.wateraidindia.in
  • Fellows would be encouraged to promote their stories on social media platforms
  • WaterAid India has the right to question the deliverables and can stall payment if the fellow has not delivered in line with the expectations
  • Each selected fellow will have to sign a detailed Terms of Reference

The Fellowship is of INR 1,00,000 per fellow. This is inclusive of travel, accommodation, site visit and other miscellaneous costs. The disbursal of the fellowship amount will be in three installments – 40% on being selected as a fellow, 30% on the publication of first 2 stories and remaining 30% on the publication of the third story (a TDS component of 10% would be applicable on this payment).

The fellowship will be for a period of eight months (August 2018 – March 2019) where Fellows will be requested to keep WaterAid India in loop regarding the theme, location and travel required for the stories.

  • Fellows will be shortlisted by an expert panel.
  • Six fellows will be selected for the final fellowship grant.
  • The fellows will be informed through a mail and the names will also be announced on WaterAid India’s website.
  • WaterAid India reserves the right to not award any fellowships if applications do not meet a basic minimum standard. All decisions taken by WaterAid India will be final.

Each fellow will be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the end of fellowship.