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The Eighteenth CSE Media Fellowships Urbanscapes: how sustainable are our cities? Application Closed


January 2014 - March 2014

What makes a city a city, apart from its people? Local architecture and  building material, urban design, the mobility infrastructure all come together to make it conducive to  'good living'. What are the essentials then, which need to be taken care of while accommodating the modern demands of designing and retrofitting our urban space?

Centre for Science and Environment invites applications for its 18th media fellowships on 'Urbanscapes: how sustainable are our cities?' in the context of the various elements which constitutes our cities. We would encourage the applicants to base their proposals looking at the following 

  • Buildings. The architecture, building materials, energy foot print, water during construction

    How local architecture is fast being replaced by a standard 'modern' style, stripping our cities of natural weather control, increasing energy consumption and carbon footprint and contributing to the loss of the cities’ 'individuality'. On the flip side, how there are examples of cities or communities reverting back to tradition, using processes and technologies or innovating with building materials to create spaces that are comfortable, livable and environmentally benign.

  • Mobility: Public transport/modes of transport. ease of access, mobility infrastructure

    Our cities boast of rising private vehicular traffic, but where is that leading to? Public transport infrastructure has to be thoughtfully designed to lure people away from cars. To successfully steer the public towards public transport, we need to put in place 'transit oriented transport' – are our cities doing that?

  • Waste: solid waste, water and waste-water

    Cutting down on usage is better than recycling. What is this usage and waste generation cycle? How can it be demystified? Cities are grappling with the problem of waste. What is being done to manage this at the individual, community and city levels? Does managing waste fit in the agenda of 'good living'? How are urban planners and government agencies looking at the issue?

Three months – December , 2013 to February , 2014 – with one month of travel time and the other two for research, writing, publication and submission of stories and features.

Compensation and funding

Selected fellows will each receive a stipend of Rs 50,000 (subject to tax deductions at source) to support research, travel and writing between the given period.

The stipend will be released in two instalments – the first as a travel grant at the start of the fellowship programme and the second after its successful completion. 

Applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae

  • For print journalists, two samples of published work on development issues. By ‘published work’, we mean articles published by/in national or regional newspapers or magazines. 

  • Those writing in regional languages must have at least one of their articles translated into English.

  • For television and radio journalists, two samples of telecasted/ broadcasted programmes on development issues – those telecasting/ broadcasting in regional languages must also give a short written summary of the programme along with the CDs of the samples.

  • A letter of support from the editor that the output under the fellowship will be published/broadcast (mandatory for all candidates, including free-lancers).

  • A comprehensive fellowship proposal outlining (a) the subject/s and story ideas that the applicant proposes to focus on, (b) tentative travel plans and (c) a list of people who might be interviewed.

Last date for submission of applications 
December 10, 2013

CSE may organise a briefing workshop on the subject closer to the commencement of the Fellowship. The selected Fellows and some other interested journalists will be invited to participate in this workshop.

Fellowships output
Selected applicants from the print media will be expected to generate feature and news article/s totalling 5,000 words or three stories, based on the research carried out under the fellowship. Original clippings of these articles will have to be submitted at the completion of the fellowship programme. They will also be expected to take and submit photographs of the areas they travel in for their stories.

Selected applicants from the audio-visual media will be expected to generate either a single film/broadcast or a series of episodes, based on the research carried out under the fellowships. Video and audio CDs of these outputs will have to be submitted at the completion of the fellowship programme.

Applications for the fellowship via email or post should be addressed to: 

Papia Samajdar
Deputy Programme Manager
Media Resource Centre
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi 110 062
Ph: 011-29955124, 29955125, Fax: 011-29955879
Mobile: 9811906977



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