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Applications now open for The Union’s Media Scholars Programme

12 Jun 2019

Deadline: The application deadline has now been extended to Sunday 28 July, 2019

Apply to the Media Scholarship Programme

The Union’s Media Scholarship Programme is open to all journalists and community educators, aged 18 years or older, in any country, who report on tuberculosis (TB) or lung health for a recognised print, TV, radio, online, medical or community media outlet.

Participants of the Media Scholars Programme will receive funding to attend the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health, which will take place in Hyderabad, India, from 30 October – 2 November 2019.

At the conference, scholarship participants will attend briefings with lung health experts, press conferences and site visits, and will receive dedicated support in the conference media centre.

Priority is given to applicants meeting the following criteria:

  • Representing national top tier media outlets or wire services with a wide regional or national reach, regardless of the medium.
  • Demonstrating a proven history of and strong commitment to reporting on TB, lung health, infectious diseases and other global health topics. Scientific and broader reporting experience is also encouraged.
  • Based in low- or middle- income countries, as well journalists representing target countries/regions of interest, including South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • People living with TB or survivors of TB; or those who belong to a high-risk population.

The chosen participants will receive:

  • Travel to and from the 50th Union Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India, arriving 28 October and departing 2 November 2019.
  • Accommodation in a hotel selected by The Union for the duration of the conference.
  • A daily living allowance.

Visa requirements

Scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining a visa to enter India, as well as any additional travel visas they may need. Any scholarship granted will be withdrawn if the applicant is unable to obtain the required travel permissions.

If there is no Indian representation in your country of residence, please budget for additional time and costs related to obtaining your visa. This may involve travel to an Indian embassy or consulate in another city or country, if one is not located near you. Please note that all costs related to obtaining a visa are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

In order to facilitate the visa application process, the Media Scholars Programme will provide you with an official letter of invitation (electronically signed and sent by email once you are registered).

Apply now

Submit your application by Sunday 28 July, 2019.

To apply, you will need to provide your CV, letter of motivation and examples of your work.

Apply to the Media Scholarship Programme

Contact us

For more information about The Union’s Media Scholars Programme contact Matilde Gordero at


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