Applications invited for United Nations Journalism Fellowships


2014-04-05 - 2014-04-05



The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

Click here for full eligibility criteria and documentation requirements and the fellowship application form.

Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern. Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists, as all participants are media professionals.

About the Fellowship

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

  • Are native of one of the developing countries of Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. For 2012 only, the Fund will not accept applications from the countries of the 2011 Fellows - China, Ethiopia, India and Nigeria -- in an effort to rotate recipient countries.
  • Currently live in and write for media in a developing country.
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35.
  • Have a very good command of the English language since United Nations press conferences and many documents are in English only.
  • Are currently employed full-time as professional journalists for bona fide print, television, radio or internet media organizations.
  • Have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York reporting from the United Nations.
  • Receive a commitment from their media organizations that the reports they file during the term of the Fellowship will be used.
  • Are prepared technically to file their news stories over WIFI, whether broadcast or print.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Copies of representative selections of your work, such as newspaper clippings, audio tapes, video tapes or Internet submissions. The selections must be work produced in 2011 or 2012 - not earlier. The judges will look for entries with insight and originality. Investigative work is welcome.

2. Originally signed letters from two individuals who supervised you and can comment on your journalism experience and qualifications.

 

  • Grant you a leave of absence from your current duties in the event you are awarded a Fellowship.
  • States 1) plans for using the material prepared by you during the Fellowship, and 2) the arrangements made to file your reports while you are at the United Nations and in New York.
  • Sets forth the plans for you upon completion of the Fellowship and your return from New York.

5. Two recent photographs (passport size or larger). Please place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of your application.

NOTE: Applicants and/or their employers are required to provide equipment necessary for the applicants to efficiently and effectively report from the United Nations. Such equipment should include a laptop or notebook computer, digital camera (if appropriate), audio/visual recording and equipment needed for transmission, especially for TV. Selected journalists must be prepared technically to file their news stories over WIFI, whether broadcast or print, and arrive with a laptop enabled for WIFI.