The TRF-UNESCO SDG Fellowship 2022

The Radio Festival, in partnership with UNESCO, is pleased to announce the Second Edition of a unique fellowship, open to community reporters and community broadcasters. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to cover important, under-reported stories through the audio medium. Aligned to the SDG Toolkit developed by SMART in partnership with UNESCO and UNICEF, New Delhi, the purpose of the Fellowship is to build the capacities of community radio practitioners for innovative programming on Sustainable Development Goals.

To know more about the SDGs and how to use community radio for effectively communicating these Goals, refer to The SDG Toolkit for Community Radios.

  • The duration of the fellowship is 120 days and will be given to individuals based on their proposal in a due format 
  • A total of 5 fellows will be selected 
  • The fellowship would commence from first week of April, 2022 
  • The selection would be on a competitive basis and each fellow will receive a consolidated amount of INR 40,000, which will be transferred to the Fellow’s personal bank account 
  • No additional support for travel, equipment or incidental expenses would be made available under the fellowship. The stipend would be paid in three equal instalments and the final payment will be made after the submission of the last deliverable 
  • The deliverables include producing eight-part audio stories/episodes and a robust documentation of the process, to be submitted in the form of a written report including photos
  • Each audio episode should be of minimum 15 minutes, totalling two hours of audio content. The stories should be told in an interesting and a compelling format, and should be linked to the target/s of the chosen SDG.
  • The fellows can use their mobile phones or any other audio recording device to record audio and they will be mentored during the duration of the fellowship.
  • The training and mentorship will take place virtually and the programs will be made from the location of the community radio station
  • If any selected Fellow drops out without completing the full duration and conditions of the Fellowship, any amount transferred to the Fellow will have to be reimbursed and an additional penalty will be levied.

The selected fellows will be researching, producing and filing on-air and online stories as part of the fellowship, with support from their parent radio station.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for the Second Edition of the SDG Fellowship are now closed.

Meet the Second Cohort of the SDG Fellows

Heartiest congratulations to the second batch of TRF-UNESCO SDG Fellows!

Dimple Makwana - Radio Nazariya, Gujarat | SDG 5 - Gender Equality; SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Krishnakumar CK - Radio Kochi, Kerala | SDG 13 - Climate Change

Nidhi Sharma - Radio Punjab, Punjab | SDG 16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Priyanka Tyagi – JIMS Vasant Kunj, New Delhi | SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Roen Yakthung Rai - Radio Gham Chhaya, Uttarakhand | SDG 15 - Life on Land

Varsha Raikwar - Radio Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh | SDG 13 - Climate Change