The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program

Mongabay’s Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program provides opportunities for journalists from biodiversity hotspots in tropical countries to report on critical environmental issues, gaining valuable training, experience, and credibility that will help them advance their careers in journalism and communications (see stories: English | Español).

What you will do

As a fellow of the Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program, you will be one of 18 annual fellows, six of whom will work at our global English news bureau, six at our Spanish-language news bureau with Mongabay-Latam, and six at our French-language news bureau with Mongabay-Africa. Each cohort will consist of three fellows per bureau during the six-month fellowship.

Fellows will work directly with the fellowship editor to produce six stories. Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with multiple editors at Mongabay’s international news outlet, including those who specialize in different areas to develop environmental reporting skills, and create a portfolio of original publications.

Fellows are expected to engage with Mongabay for at least 10 hours a week and produce an average of one story per month over the course of the fellowship.

Each fellow will receive $500 USD a month for the duration of the six-month fellowship.

Eligibility and how to apply

This fellowship is intended to provide opportunities for aspiring journalists from low- to upper-middle income tropical countries.* Click here for a list of eligible countries.

  • There is no education requirement to apply for the program, and it is not linked to any university.
  • Access to reliable internet is important, as this fellowship is remote.
  • Mongabay does not have an office and cannot support work visas.

Mongabay accepts applications for both our global English and Spanish-language bureaus.

The fellowship will run twice a year: April 1 through Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 through March 31.

The application window for the April-September cohort will run Dec. 15-Feb. 10. The application window for the October-March cohort will run June 15-Aug. 10.

Selection Process:
Selections will be made by an internal Mongabay team and applicants will receive a notification regarding the status of their application at least three weeks prior to the start of the cohort.

For more information about the application process and fellowship, visit here.

* For the purposes of this program, Mongabay considers low- to upper-middle income tropical countries to be those classified as such by the World Bank.

Mongabay Internship

Mongabay.org offers an internship program, which primarily involves writing environmental news stories for our affiliated news site – Mongabay.com. Our interns will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills and have their news stories be published on our renowned website which boasts over two million global readers every month.
Spring 2024 (January 1 – June 30, 2024).

We are no longer accepting applications.

Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship

Summer 2022 (June-November). We are no longer accepting applications.

The Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship primarily involves writing stories for Mongabay.com about conservation technology-related research.

Over the course of the part-time, six month program, the reporting fellow will work directly with Mongabay editors to develop their writing skills and publish a series of their stories on Mongabay’s renowned website, which boasts over four million global readers every month.

About Sue Palminteri

Sue Palminteri – Mongabay’s WildTech Editor, conservation biologist, professional tennis player, long-time exercise enthusiast, and friend to many – passed away at the age of 54 on November 30th, 2019. Her contributions to conservation were immense.

Trained as a conservation biologist, Sue sought out and highlighted new technology developments of use to the conservation and research communities. She earned her PhD studying primate ecology in Peru.

With this program, Mongabay offers a fellowship in Sue’s name that honors her interest in conservation, technology, and journalism by providing opportunities for young and aspiring journalists to gain experience in conservation technology reporting.

What will you do?

Our WildTech Reporting Fellow will be writing roughly six news stories and six interviews on a variety of conservation technology topics over a course of a six-month commitment. Topics will be assigned by one of our editors. The Mongabay fellow will work closely with Mongabay journalists, receiving guidance and feedback on their stories before publication.

The one-on-one training and mentorship from editors provides the fellow with a deeper understanding of journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay and helps build the fellow’s writing portfolio.