The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists for the 2020 United Nations Journalism Fellowship program in New York.
The Fund’s program for journalists seeks to advance a fuller understanding of UN deliberations to alleviate human suffering and promote peace; to support and encourage the journalism profession, and to inspire a strong and diverse community of journalists who will give voice to the challenges facing their countries.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists accepts applications from journalists from the mainly developing nations of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America and the Caribbean to cover the United Nations General Assembly for approximately 10 weeks beginning in September each year. The fellowships offer a unique opportunity for promising young journalists from developing countries to observe United Nations deliberations and to report on its proceedings for news media in their home countries.
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; all participants are media professionals.
Worth of Award
- The United Nations Journalism Fellowship Fund will provide round-trip airfare to New York; accommodations; health insurance for the duration of the fellowship, and a daily allowance to cover food and other necessities.
- The Fund will not be responsible for other expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund United Nations Journalism Fellowship for Journalists are open to individuals who:
- Are native to one of the mainly developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America and the Caribbean. In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2020 from nations of the 2019 selected program participants: Egypt, Nigeria, Trinidad/Tobago and Zimbabwe.
- 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 as professional journalists for print, television, radio or internet media organizations. Both full-time and freelance journalists are invited to apply.
- 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 and that they will continue to be paid for their services.
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, videotapes or internet submissions. The selections must be work produced in 2018 or 2019 — not earlier. Entries with insight and originality will be considered most favourably. Investigative work is welcome.
- Applicants do not have to write reports in English. French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian are acceptable. For newspaper clippings not in English, include an English translation or summary.
- If the reports you wish to submit with your application are posted on the Internet, please provide the url addresses.
- 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 with MP3 formatted files.
- 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 for your services during the term of the Fellowship and agrees to use the reports you file from the U.N.
- States plans for using the reports you file during the fellowship.
- 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. Applications without a passport will NOT be considered.
- 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 computer-enabled for WIFI.
- You MUST INCLUDE ALL necessary documentation as outlined in the Eligibility and Documentation Requirements with your application.
Deadline: The application deadline for the United Nations Journalism Fellowship is Friday, March 6, 2020.