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Adivasi Awaaz Media Fellowship is a joint initiative by Adivasi Lives Matter and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), to document issues and challenges that impact the indigenous communities of India. Under the initiative, four fellows—two for digital reporting and two for short filmmaking—shall be selected. We are looking for engaging articles and videos in English that can capture contemporary cultural and social experiences/challenges through ground reporting and research.  

The following topics have been listed to help applicants identify core areas:


  • Adivasi/indigenous women and traditional knowledge  

  • Adivasi Language revitalization  

  • Adivasi/indigenous identity formation and challenges  

  • Adivasi/indigenous cultural motifs  

  • Adivasis/indigenous people and environment  

ALM shall also provide mentor support to aid the fellows in perfecting their reportage.  

Who can apply?

This fellowship is open to Adivasi/indigenous/tribal independent journalists/filmmakers from any part of the country.  


About ALM and AIPP


Adivasis/tribals/indigenous people constitute a population of 104 million people whose voices ring with a multitude of unique stories about their identity, struggles, challenges, and victories. Despite this, the popular narrative about indigenous peoples in the media is full of misinformation, caricature, and sensationalism, diverting attention away from the real stories.   

Since 2016, ALM has been working to change this narrative by placing the agency of storytelling in the hands of indigenous youth themselves. Over 190 Adivasi youth have created more than 900 unique stories about their communities, their history, language, art, music, traditional medicinal knowledge, and agricultural practices on


The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1992 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to indigenous peoples. 


What does the Fellowship Provide?

Once selected, the fellows will be given one month to submit their articles and videos

Each selected print/ digital journalist will be granted


to publish one story of 1,000 - 1,500 words in English

Each filmmaker will

be granted



for a 6 - 10 minute


How are the fellows selected?


Click on the link or "Apply now button" to fill out our form. An ALM-AIPP-appointed jury of eminent journalists shall select the four fellows after assessing the applications. Weightage will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Successful candidates shall be informed by email and through announcements on the ALM website/ social media accounts.

Meet our advisory board

Karma Paljor, East Mojo Editor-in-Chief 

Karma Paljor is currently the co-founder and Editor-in-chief of East Mojo, a digital news media from Northeast India. Starting out as a reporter with the Times of India, he went on to work as a reporter with CNBC, after which he did investigative reporting with CNN News 18 and hosted various shows. He was twice awarded the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award. He also won the Chevening Scholarship for Broadcast journalism in 2004.  

Patricia Mukhim, Editor, Shillong Times  

Patricia Mukhim, the editor of Shillong Times, is an Indian social activist, writer, and journalist. For her contributions to society, she has won awards like the Chameli Devi Jain award, ONE India award, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry FLO award, Upendra Nath Brahma Soldier of Humanity award, Siva Prasad Barooah National award and North East Excellence award. In 2000, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

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Rosemary Marandi, Freelance Journalist

Hailing from Bandel in West Bengal, Rosemary Marandi is a journalist, content specialist, and author. She is a journalist of business and economics and writes for the Financial Times, Nikkei Asian Review, the Banker and the Press Trust of India, and Al Jazeera. As an activist, she reports on issues related to Indigenous rights. 

Sumedha Pal, The Wire 

Sumedha Pal is a Communications graduate from Cardiff Journalism School. She currently writes for The Wire and is also a Media Producer, Researcher, and Features Writer. With a strong academic grounding in Politics and Communications, she is also trained in the creation of rich media packages with maximum audience impact.  

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Biju Toppo, National Award winning filmmaker

Biju Toppo is a National Award-winning documentary filmmaker from Ranchi, Jharkhand. He has made numerous documentaries on issues of land, displacement, migration, human rights, education, and the environment, under the aegis of his company, Akhra.