Terms and Conditions – Digital Media Fellowship Program

General Terms and Conditions for the Media Matters for Democracy’s ‘Digital Media Fellowship Program’

The fellowship program is organised by Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD) and is aimed mainly at supporting the digital media outlets / startups in becoming more financially resilient and potentially scaleable.

Applications for the fellowship program are open till 1st December 2021. The program is open for all Pakistani content creators, creating content from within Pakistan only.

Applicant digital media outlets could be creating all types of journalism content including on environment and health.

Applicant digital media outlets agree to participate in regular workshops (1 per month), to provide written documentation of the progress of the funded project, and to cooperate with mentors provided by the MMfD.

Any individual directly affiliated with MMFD’s team — such as with blood relation — will not be eligible to participate.

The applications for the fellowship program may fall under any of the following Key Result Areas (KRAs):

  1. Developing and implementing strategies to improve editorial oversight and quality of content
  2. Developing and implementing strategies to improve the sustainability and viability of journalism content production
  3. Developing and implementing strategies to improve the design and distribution of the digital content

A: To participate in the fellowship contest, eligible individuals and digital media companies must:

  1. Fill in the application form in full, and,
  2. Share a comprehensive video explaining why

B: Registrations are open until 1st December 2021

MMFD will conduct ‘informational sessions’ to answer any questions or queries with regards to the application process which will be announced through MMFD’s social media outlets. 

Please note that any applications received after this deadline will not be considered

C: All work carried out by the successful participants is their own property. 

No individual, organisation or entity other than the registered team can claim prerogatives on the intellectual property developed under the fellowship program. Any prior intellectual property that the fellowship participants bring with them or by which they are linked because of their professional status must be declared to Media Matters for Democracy

D: Selection process

The applications will be selected by a jury comprising of the members of Media Matters for Democracy and external experts based on a selection criteria developed by MMFD.

E: The documents to be submitted are as follows: 

1.  Filled-in registration form 

2. A 1-minute video presenting the concept 

F: Support and grant

Selected fellows will get mentorship in content production and a grant of up to 400,000 PKR to assist in the pursuance of any one or more of the above mentioned KRAs


1. In order to be declared a finalist, the selected participant, must meet the following conditions: 

Confirm that he/she meets the eligibility conditions and other requirements of these general terms and conditions. 

Failure to comply with one of the conditions mentioned above or any other condition mentioned in these rules, the selected participant will be disqualified and at the discretion of the organisers, the financial support will be canceled or to the organisers may select another participant in accordance with these general terms and conditions. The same conditions will then remain applicable, making the necessary adaptations, if necessary.

 2. Competition procedures:

Any attempt to sabotage the legitimate conduct of the competition constitutes a violation of civil and criminal laws. If such attempts are made, the MMFD and the Jury reserves the right to reject the participant’s registrations and obtain redress under the law. 

2. Limitation of liability: 

The selected participants release the MMFD and the Jury from all responsibility for damages that may arise from participation in Digital Media Fellowship Program, acceptance and the respective contract. 

Applicant digital media outlet / startup is solely responsible for the oversight of its own content, and MMFD will bear no responsibility for any damages that may arise for whatever reason.

3. Modification of the competition: 

MMFD and the Jury reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend, in whole or in part, this competition in the event of an event or any human intervention that may alter or influence the administration, security, impartiality or running of the competition as provided for in these rules cannot be held responsible. 

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