2016 Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism

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Application Deadline: July 12th 2016

The Gabriel García Márquez New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation -FNPI- and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and The Cartago Foundation call for:

The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism

Cartagena de Indias and San Basilio de Palenque (Colombia)
August 29th to September 3rd, 2016.

The New Journalism Foundation -FNPI-, created by García Márquez himself in the city of Cartagena de Indias, and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia joined forces in 2012 to establish an international program of training and creation in which reporters from five continents have the opportunity to expand their range in cultural journalism and to explore Colombia and recount, in Spanish and in English, stories of culture which mix the richness of the traditional and the popular with the latest in literature, music, film and visual arts.

The focus of the workshop in 2016 will be an exploration of the contributions of the local population of African origin in the culture of the Caribbean, particularly on the Atlantica region of Colombia; using the tools of cultural journalism including interviews, reporting and personal commentary.  It will also give an opportunity to think about the role of cultural journalism in an era in which creator and audience have an increasingly direct contact, facilitated by digital tools.  The workshop will study Cartagena de Indias and the nearby San Basilio de Palenque, as well as various other locales and populations of African descent.

gabriel-garcia-marquez-fellowships-2016The Fellows will immerse themselves in the specific practices and cultural dynamics of both places, getting to know and reporting on their history, its protagonists and present day life, analyzing them from different perspectives and dimensions, working with support material from both local and international experts.

The journalists who will take part in this experience will be guided by colleagues of high professional renown, accompanied by guest experts to help expand both their vision and the criteria by which they choose the facts and characters that will serve as the protagonists of their stories.

With its connection to this project, which aims to become an annual program, the Ministry of Culture and the sponsoring organizations highlight the passion of Gabriel García Márquez for journalism, film literature, music and Caribbean culture.


15 editors or writers with experience covering culture topics with an emphasis on popular culture and racial issues, with a mastery of English language, a mínimum of three years of journalistic experience, and who work or publish in print or digital media.  5 spots will go to Colombian journalists, 5 to other Latin Americans, and 5 to journalists from other continents.

To demonstrate fluency in the English language, finalists will be interviewed by telephone or Skype.

The 15 chosen journalists will work for 6 days in Cartagena and San Basilio de Palenque.

They will also have to bring with them to the workshop:

  • A laptop computer.
  • Examples of the journalistic outlet for which they work or in which they publish.

IMPORTANT: Each of the journalists selected to participate in the Fellowship must consult the authorities of their own country about any visa or other requirements for entering Colombia.  We recommend doing this as far in advance as possible, as it can take many days.

Requirements for Application

Applicants must fill out the registration form through the FNPI system and attach:

  • An autobiography, maximum 800 words (in English, Spanish or Portuguese), stressing both journalistic experience in the cultural field and reasons for wanting to attend the fellowship.
    This essay is the most important criterion for selection and should be prepared prior to completing the form online. Conventional resumes will not be taken into account.
  • A letter of support that certifies employment with the media for which you work. In the case of freelancers, we require certification from some media that you have published there during the previous six months. In both instances, the letter must specify that the media is committed to publishing the articles you produce during the fellowship, as long as they comply with their editorial policies.
  • A piece of reporting or other article, especially on cultural issues, of your authorship that has been published in the past year.
  • Good level of english as spoken language.

NOTE: Only online registration is valid, made via the registration form on the website of FNPI. Registrations by fax, email or postal mail, will not be accepted.

Financial Support:

The participants will not have to pay a registration fee for this activity. They will also receive the following financial support:

  • International medical insurance during the term of the fellowship.
  • Accommodation in a shared room during the term of the fellowship.
  • Roundtrip ticket, economy class.
  • Refreshments daily, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner for each group, and a lunch to introduce both groups in Barranquilla.
  • Working materials.
  • Press credentials for access to the festivals and artists.

How to Apply:

To register for The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism, please follow the steps listed below:

1. Go to the top of this page where you will find a box to login.
2. Sign in with your email and password.
If you do not have an account in www.fnpi.org you must complete the registration data on the following link: fnpi.org/registro
3. Click on “to Apply”.
4. Fill out the form displayed and attach the required documents mentioned in Requirements for Application.
5. Click on Send.

If you have questions about the registration process, please write to becaggm@fnpi.org

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism,

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