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Offer: Call for Applications: Population Reference Bureau’s “Women’s Edition” program (Deadline: 5 September 2012)

The Population Reference Bureau is once again inviting applications to its Women's Edition program. Launched in 1993, Women's Edition brings together senior-level women journalists—editors, reporters, and producers—from developing countries to examine important topics related to women's reproductive health and development.

Women's Edition offers a unique opportunity to become part of an international network of leading women journalists interested in women's health and development. Up to 15 women journalists will be selected to participate in the program for two years. During that time, PRB will organize four week-long seminars and study tours in venues around the world. Journalists will engage in sessions with health and development experts, editorial meetings to develop strategies for covering these issues, and study tours to see innovative programs in action. Women's Edition is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Seminars and Study Tours

PRB will host the first seminar in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-16, 2012. It will cover basic population and reproductive health issues, including family planning and obstacles to women's reproductive health. The three other seminars, spaced about six months apart, will be held in different locations, depending on the topic being explored. The purpose of these seminars and study tours is to provide journalists with information on reproductive health issues as well as to let them explore how other countries are dealing with the challenges these issues present.

What Is Expected?

After each seminar, Women's Edition journalists must produce an in-depth special report, series of stories, or broadcast program on the seminar topic for their own media house.

Who Should Apply?

Intrepid women journalists who:

  • Hold influential editorial positions—senior-level editors, reporters, and producers—with leading media outlets that have large audiences, such as national and regional newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations. Freelancers and bloggers can apply but must provide a letter of support from a news organization indicating that it will publish or broadcast their work.
  • Reside in a country that receives USAID funding for family planning.*
  • Demonstrate interest in women's health, development, and population issues and a commitment to covering these topics.
  • Can communicate comfortably and effectively in English during the seminars, though they may write or broadcast in any language.

* Priority will be given to journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Yemen.


PRB will cover all seminar expenses, including travel, lodging, and meals.


Applications must be received at PRB by Sept. 5, 2012. Participants will be notified by Sept. 14, 2012. Those selected will be asked to submit a letter from their managing editor or director in support of their participation in Women's Edition. Participation includes commitments to:

  • Participate in the seminars.
  • Publish or produce at least one special report, series of articles, or broadcast program after each seminar on the issues explored in the seminar.
  • Send to PRB copies of each supplement, series of articles, or broadcast program immediately after its publication or broadcast.

How to Apply

Click here for the application form. The application form is a Word document. After you open the document, please save it to your own computer before you fill out the application.

To be considered, applicants must submit all of the information and material requested. Questions about the program or the application process may be sent to

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