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Adivasi Awaaz Media Fellowship

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, introduced in June 2022, selected fellows are provided with monetary support and mentorship so they can capture contemporary cultural and social experiences/challenges through ground-reporting and research.

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In 2022, the following topics were listed to help applicants identify the core areas:

Adivasi/ indigenous women and traditional knowledge

Adivasi Language Revitalization

Adivasi/ indigenous identity formation and challenges

Adivasi/ indigenous cultural motifs

Adivasi/ indigenous people and environment

Taw Yalla is a Nyishi woman and a lifelong student of history. Currently working at an art gallery, shar wishes to contribute to the preservation of our larger indigenous heritage.

Mohd. Arshid is from the Gujjar-Bakrewal community. He is a research scholar and freelance journalist from Jammu & Kashmir.

For- Digital Storytelling

Arunachal  Pradesh

Jammu &



For- Filmmaking

Tamir Kashyap belongs to the Raj Muriya tribe. He is an independent journalist from Bastar who regularly covers issues related to displacement of Adivasis.

Kamal Jamatia is from the Jamatia tribe of Tripura. He is an Adivasi Awaaz content creator and editor.





can apply?

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


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



are the fellows selected?

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.  

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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. 

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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.  


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.

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