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Call for Proposals for 2020 Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship

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Submission Deadline: October 4, 2019

Cultural Survival is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 2020 Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship that will support Indigenous youth communicators in building their capacity as radio broadcasters and journalists through specific trainings, community radio visits and exchanges, radio production, conference attendance, and other educational opportunities. Applicants must reside in one of the following countries: Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Nepal and northern India.

With years of experience coordinating capacity building efforts through workshops, conferences, radio station exchanges; facilitating the development of regional networks; and supporting advocacy, efforts to legalize community media, Cultural Survival’s principles adhere to working with the experience, assets and expertise of the communities that we fund through our Community Media Grants Program. We believe that it is crucial to listen and respond to the needs of the communities in order to provide support that is sustainable, supportive, and most importantly, pertinent to the needs of the community. Indigenous youth are the future of their communities and developing youth leadership is an integral part of ensuring communities’ well being.

Our Fellowship project provides eight fellowships to Indigenous youth communicators between the ages of 16-26. Fellowships are limited to $2,500 US dollars per fellow within the period range of 8-10 months from the award date. Preferences is given to current or recent volunteer applicants or radio associates from the Community Media Grants Project. Applicants must be able to work and travel independently and be responsible for implementing their proposed projects. The fellows will work jointly with a Cultural Survival staff member and a personal local mentor, who will provide support throughout the fellowship process.

Requirements for eligibility:

  • Indigenous youth between the ages of 16 and 26
  • Access to internet and other forms of communication to creatively collaborate with other fellows and to participate in video conferences.
  • Commitment and motivation to learn about technology, program development, work of other community radios, and the international promotion of Indigenous rights.
  • Applicants must be able to work and travel independently and be responsible for implementing their proposed projects. The project can be sent individually or collective group of youth from a community radio.
  • Applicants must reside in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa or northern India.
  • Preference will be given to youth working at community radio stations that have completed projects with Cultural Survival.
  • The project budget must be no more than $2,500 US dollars.
  • Present a letter of recommendation from either a traditional authority or Indigenous community media authority pertaining to their community. 


The first phase of the proposals requires the submission of a letter, audio or video recording about the idea for a fellowship project. Projects will be selected based on creativity, sustainability, vision and content relevant to promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Projects must be completed in a period of 8 to 10 months and must demonstrate that they can measure how the capacity of the host radio station has increased.


If the proposal is chosen, the project coordinator will contact the applicant to obtain additional information. The proposal application is designed  to be accessible for youth with different abilities. The application process will be open until October 4, 2019.


Please send you concept letter, audio, or video application to:

Mark Camp, email:

Avexnim Cojti, email:

Nati Garcia, email: