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Story Fellowship by BEBESEA x New Naratif: Call for Proposals

We are inviting members of migrant communities in/from Southeast and East Asia, individually or collectively, to pitch your ideas for original works to witness and raise awareness of experiences of migration. Successful stories will be published by New Naratif and BEBESEA.

About the Story Fellowship

Selected fellows will receive training and mentoring on storytelling and advocacy by experts in journalism and human rights advocacy, as well as US$1000 per contribution to fund their proposed work.

The desirable format of work is a text-based article, but you can propose other formats of your choice as long as the final product can be published or showcased in online platforms. These include, but are not limited to, comics, illustrations, videos, photographs, audio narratives, infographics, or others.

The work of the selected fellows will be published on New Naratif and bebesea.org website and their social media platforms.

Suggested topics

We are particularly interested in migration stories that intersect with issues of gender and the environment. Other issues that may be covered include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • work experience and rights as migrants or refugees;
  • migrant workers’ placement and recruitment fees;
  • social protection for migrants and refugees;
  • people with irregular status (undocumented people, asylum seekers, stateless people, internaly displaced persons, etc.);
  • migrant lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and/or other crises;
  • etc.


Proposal deadline
Story publication

27 November 2022
14-27 November 2022
30 November 2022
11 December 2022
5 December 2022 to 17 February 2023
20 February 2023 onwards

Application and Selection Process

A pitch can be submitted by an individual or a group through the form at bit.ly/2022storyfellowship, OR by sending the following information in writing or in a recorded video to info@bebesea.org with a subject line “Pitch for Story Fellowship _Your Name”

If you apply through email, please include the following information: 

  • your name;
  • your phone number;
  • the format of your work (e.g. blog article, video, photo essay, etc.);
  • the description of your proposed work (i.e. please describe the topic and give a rough outline of what you would like to cover in your work);
  • your working title, if any; and
  • more information about yourself (e.g. where you live, where you come from, what you do for your work, and anything else that may be relevant to your proposed work).

Please note that:

  • the proposed work must be original and has not been published elsewhere; and
  • the proposals must be written in English, although the final output can be in another language.

Questions and Information

For further information, please send an email to info@bebesea.org or message Rio via Whatsapp at (+62) 812 1836 1015.