Applications Open for 2020-2021 Latin American Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA (March 13, 2020) ... The Carter Center and the University of La Sabana in Colombia, in association with the Gabo Foundation, are now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America.

Since 2013, these two organizations have worked to grant two annual fellowships to journalists to investigate and produce in-depth journalistic projects that shed light on major mental health challenges in the region. Last year, the fellowship expanded beyond Colombia to other Latin American countries and received the largest number of applications since it launched.

The program is open to bilingual (English and Spanish) journalists who work for Latin American media, in any format or platform, and who have at least three years of professional experience and reside in Latin America (except Puerto Rico). They must have the support of their media organization through a letter signed by an editor or director.

Fellows will receive $7,000 each to support their project and the opportunity to attend an expense-paid training in mental health journalism in September 2020 at The Carter Center in Atlanta. In some cases, applicants may apply in pairs for one scholarship and the prize will be divided. Fellows will be advised by top journalists and mental health experts during their fellowship.

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. Find the application and additional details here:

The fellowship is administered by an interdisciplinary team made up of the faculties of communication and medicine of the University of La Sabana, in Bogotá, Colombia. The Carter Center offers training, educational material, advice, evaluation tools, and technical assistance to La Sabana to develop a sustainable program adapted to the needs of Latin America.

La Sabana administers the program for Latin America and is responsible for the process of selecting journalists, organizing conferences and training for the media, adapting the program to respond to local needs, and developing an evaluation of regional strategies.

Since 1996, The Carter Center has awarded fellowships to more than 220 journalists, who have been trained and connected with resources and experts to increase the quality and accuracy of mental health reporting around the world. The program currently operates in Colombia (which now includes journalists from other Latin American countries), the United States, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, and previously New Zealand, South Africa, and Romania.

Rosalynn Carter fellows have produced more than 1,500 stories, documentaries, books and other journalistic work. Their projects have won multiple Emmy Awards, Pulitzer Prize nominations, and other prestigious awards.

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Contact: In Atlanta, Rennie Sloan,
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