The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists who are from developing countries for the 2014 United Nations Journalism Fellowship program. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists, as all participants are media professionals.
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 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications.
Worth of Award
- 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.
- 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.
- The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and 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.
- In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2014 from nations selected in 2013: Brazil, Kenya, Pakistan and Turkey. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2015.
- Currently live in and write for media in a developing country.
- 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 print, television, radio or internet media organizations.
- Receive a commitment from their media organizations that the reports they file during the term of the Fellowship will be used and that they will continue to be paid as employees.
How to Apply
Please include all of the following documents with your signed application. Applications WITHOUT the following documents will NOT be considered.
- 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 2013 or 2014 — not earlier. Entries with insight and originality will be considered most favorably. Investigative work is welcome.
- For newspaper clippings not in English, include an English translation or summary.
- 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 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 computer enabled for WIFI.
- You MUST INCLUDE ALL necessary documentation as outlined in the Eligibility and Documentation Requirements with your application.
- An originally completed AND signed application, along with all six (6) of the Documentation Requirements, should be sent by postal or courier service (such as DHL, Fedex, Airborne) to:
Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists
512 Northampton Street, No. 124A
Edwardsville, PA 18704 USA
- For audio tape and video tape submissions, include a written transcription or a summary in English, even if the originals are in English.
- Video submissions should be in DVD or CD (preferably NTSC) format. Radio applicants should send a CD or MP3.
- Signed letters from two individuals who supervised you and can comment on your journalism experience and qualifications.
- Endorsement of the Fellowship application from the editor or director of the news organization that presently employs you. This endorsement must be originally signed and should:
- Grant you a leave of absence from your current duties in the event you are awarded a fellowship.
- Agrees to continue paying you as an employee during the term of the fellowship and plans to use the reports you file from the U.N.
- Summary statement. On a separate sheet of paper, explain in not less than 300 words why you are applying for this Fellowship and what you expect to gain from the experience.
- Two recent photographs (passport size or larger). Place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of your application. Do not staple the photos directly to the application form.
- A copy of your passport. They will NOT consider applicants without a passport.
Questions about the program, eligibility and application process can be directed by email to [email protected]
Deadline: The application deadline is March 31, 2014.