India Science Media Fellowships 2019: Announcing the first batch of ISMF Awardees

22 Apr 2019

India Science Media Fellowships 2019: Announcing the first batch of ISMF Awardees


The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) and Nature India are pleased to  announce the first batch of India Science Media Fellows (2019), who will receive a fellowship of INR one lakh each over the next six months to publish or broadcast stories focussing on life sciences, biomedicine, application-based or basic biological research, and health.

The India Alliance and Nature India launched the India Science Media Fellowships (ISMF) on the eve of National Science Day 2019. ISMF aims to boost the coverage of science in the Indian media and consequently enrich public understanding of and engagement with science and related policy issues. The fellowship is designed to support Indian journalists to build a body of science-based journalistic work.

The fellowship will also provide a platform for the Fellows to connect with science and communication experts, to receive mentorship on the nuances of science journalism and the dynamics of impactful reportage.

The ISMF 2019 Fellows

Archana Jyoti

Archana Jyoti is a Special Correspondent for The Pioneer newspaper in New Delhi. She has over fifteen years of experience in covering the health, science, environment, and social welfare beats for media houses such as Press Trust of India, Asian Age and The Pioneer.

Aditya Bidwai

Aditya Bidwai is a Chief Sub Editor and Web presenter at, the India Today Group in New Delhi. He has over seven years of experience covering global environment issues, politics, medicine, and government policies.

Paramananda Barman

Paramananda Barman works as a Resident Editor at Research Matters, Gubbi Labs, New Delhi and also manages its Assamese language section. He writes on life sciences and covers diverse areas such as health, medicine, ecology and environment and applied biology.

Rabia Noor

Rabia Noor is a freelance journalist at Greater Kashmir and an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir. She has also worked at the Zee News Srinagar Bureau, Kashmir Speaks and Kashmir Affairs.

Muhammed Sulhaf K

Muhammed Sulhaf K is a Sub Editor with Madhyamam Daily in Calicut, Kerala. He has over a decade of experience in communicating science in regional Malayalam language media houses.