Deadline: September 20, 2021

Applications are open for the ClimateTracker COP26 Journalism Fellowship 2021 for Global South Journalists in Europe and the UK. This year ClimateTracker is working to bring young journalists from the Global South residing in Europe or the UK to this year’s climate negotiations. 

The in-person fellows will include a small team of 5 highly experienced journalists from the Global South who will be able to assist in providing training to an external team as well as support a wider global network of 20 online writers to publish stories.

Problem Statement

COP26 is being hailed as the most critical UN negotiating session since Paris in 2015. This is with good reason. Not since 2014, has China, the US, Europe and most of the world’s major economies been able to align their climate pledges. With buy-in from East Asian powerhouses Japan and South Korea, and the UK investing heavily in its diplomatic influence across the Commonwealth, it is right to project that COP26 could indeed be a turning point for the global climate movement.

In spite of all this, there are far too many hurdles to jump over for journalists from the Global South to be represented at the climate negotiations. From low vaccination levels to travel restrictions and skyrocketing airfares, the obstacles are multifaceted. This is why, this year CT is working to bring 5 young journalists from the Global South residing in Europe or the UK to this year’s climate negotiations.


Ideal candidates will have:

  • Be 18-35 years old;
  • 1 year of journalism experience minimum;
  • A hunger to improve as journalists – this is a learning experience;
  • A proven history of writing quality climate stories (show that you’ve published a climate or environmental story in the past 3 months).

Fellow’s Commitment

Once selected, they will get the ball rolling really quickly! Here’s a taste of what you’ll be jumping straight into:  

  • Publishing at least 3 stories during the COP26 session.
  • Participating in a training session on the climate negotiations for an external team.
  • Providing updates and relevant information on the proceedings to the global team of 20 onlines reporters also covering COP26.

Not only is this a great opportunity to build your network around the world and engage with journalists beyond your country/region, it’s a fantastic chance to gain hands-on experience at the largest climate negotiation sessions in the world.


The clock is ticking and they are excited to review your submission! The deadline for application is September 20, 2021.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties with your application, feel free to contact Dizzanne Billy, from the Outreach Team, at [email protected]

Click here to apply

For more information, visit ClimateTracker.

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