Story Grant Programme for Atmospheric Issues


Air quality in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is deteriorating by the day. The problem demands urgent attention from governments, policy makers, scientists, stakeholders and the public. The media could play an important role in this regard. With this realization, the Atmosphere Initiative at ICIMOD has decided to provide a limited number of grants to support professional journalists in gathering investigative stories that will help improve understanding of atmospheric problems and their solutions.

Declining air quality has posed grave problems in the eight ICIMOD member countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. There is a need to ensure that environmental reporters from the entire region have a good understanding of issues related to air pollution. The Story Grant Programme will support journalists interested in writing stories about climate change with a special focus on atmospheric issues. 

This Story Grant Programme aims to encourage enthusiastic journalists in the region to write in-depth stories about atmospheric issues. The grant programme will also help enhance the journalists’ understanding of the science of air pollution so that their stories are grounded in science. The broad goal is to spread awareness about atmospheric issues among a broad range of audiences.

Photo Credit: Arnico Panday, ICIMOD


  • Increase awareness among media persons about air pollution and other critical atmospheric issues in the HKH region
  • Enable journalists to write stories based on field visits, direct observation and meetings/interviews with relevant experts

Eligibility Criteria

  • Journalists from all media outlets can apply – print, radio, television, and online. 
  • Journalists of all nationalities may apply. However, preference will be given to journalists from ICIMOD’s regional member countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan).
  • Journalists who attended the regional media training workshop ‘Air Pollution, Its Sources and Impacts, and Mitigation Options’ are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Journalists working in non-English media are welcome to apply, but must indicate a proficiency in English, as English is the working language of the programme.
  • The candidates should have demonstrated a commitment to a career in journalism and covered relevant issues in the past. 

Application Guidelines

The call for participation is open from 16 May 2016. Interested candidates will have to submit the online application form by 15 June 2016 along with the following information:

  1. A clear and concise description of the intended project (maximum 2 pages)
  2. An updated curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  3. A list of up to five (or a minimum of three) relevant stories on atmospheric issues authored by the applicant, including publication details (title, category, date of publication, name of the publisher/broadcaster, and/or a web link).
  4. A letter of endorsement from the editor of a reputed publishing or broadcast agency indicating interest to publish/broadcast the product
  5. A detailed breakdown of the proposed budget – travel and accommodation costs, incidentals, and any other requirements
  6. The value of each grant, inclusive of honorarium, travel, research and contingency grant, may range from 500 to 1500 USD.
  7. The grant may be used between July and November 2016. 

Other important information

  1. The project, including associated travel/research and publication of stories, should be completed within the given time frame (by November 2016).
  2. Plans for co-financing, including the availability of funds from other sources, should be indicated in the proposed budget.
  3. Five selected journalists will be invited to attend a conference on atmospheric issues. 
  4. Selected grantees will be expected to publish/broadcast at least three products in English or a local language. However, grantees are highly encouraged to produce more than three stories. 
  5. The ICIMOD Atmosphere Initiative Story Grant Programme should be acknowledged in the product. 

Grant disbursement

The grant will be disbursed in three installments:

  • 50% upon selection
  • 25% upon submission of two stories, and
  • 25% upon completion of the assignment/third story

Inquiries regarding the status of your application or the results will not be entertained. If you have problems submitting the form or have questions specific to the grant programme, please write to  

The deadline is closed
We are now no more accepting applications.

For more information contact

Subasana Shrestha
Communications Associate, Media and Dissemination


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