United Nations invites applications for journalism fellowships

By | 26 February 2009

Pretoria, South Africa – The United Nations is inviting applications for a journalism fellowship under the Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists. The fellowship, which is open to all professional journalists from developing countries, is available to radio, television, print and web journalists.

Applicants should be between the ages of 25 to 35 who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Fellowships will begin in mid-September 2009 and extend to late November 2009 and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance. The deadline for applications is 22 March 2009.

The Fellowship Programme is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and who are currently working full-time for a bona fide media organization in a developing nation.  Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences.  They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to two months in New York to report from the United Nations. Eligibility and documentation requirements, along with the Fellowship application and instructions, can be found on the Fund’s web site at www.unjournalismfellowship.org

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 many 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.

This is the 48th year the Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund has sponsored the Fellowship Programme for Journalists. The programme is administered on a volunteer basis by journalists at the United Nations, who raise money from foundations, corporations and diplomatic missions.

Questions about the program, eligibility and application process can be directed to info@unjournalismfellowship.org.

Issued by the United Nations Information Centre, Pretoria. For further information, contact:
Masimba Tafirenyika (012-354-8504 / masimba.tafirenyika@unic.org) or Sudeshan Reddy (012-354-8507 / sudeshan.reddy@unic.org)

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