Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships 2023 to Cover UNGA
Applications are open for the Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships 2023. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists accepts applications from career print, television, radio or internet journalists from the mainly developing nations of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America/the Caribbean to cover deliberations of the United Nations General Assembly for approximately 10-12 weeks beginning in September each year.
Journalists selected for the program will deepen their understanding of the work of the U.N. through first-hand observation of working sessions, press conferences, and interviews, thus enabling in-depth reporting on issues relevant to their audiences. They will interact with media colleagues from around the world and learn about journalism’s challenges in other countries.
Fund board members and other U.N. journalists are available to guide the Hammarskjöld Fellows in accessing the resources needed to prepare their reports. As schedules permit, arrangements will be made for the Fellows to visit with New York area media organizations and institutions working to encourage and protect the journalism profession.
About Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships
The 2023 Fellowship will run concurrently with the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) opening months. The 78th UNGA will open on September 9, with general debates starting on September 19. Fellowship recipients will arrive in New York approximately 10 days before the UNGA to obtain UN Press passes, acclimate to the U.N. Secretariat and the city, and complete other administrative tasks.
Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships Eligibility Requirements
- Career journalists age 25-35, from mainly developing nations of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island countries) and Latin America/the Caribbean are eligible to apply. Freelance journalists are also eligible.
- Applicant journalists must have a current passport which will be required to apply for and obtain a I-1 journalist visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in order to accept the Fellowship.
- Work samples no earlier than 2022 must be provided. (See Work Samples on Application Form)
- Bona fide media organizations must employ applicants as a print, television, radio or web journalists.
- Speaking English with proficiency is required since it is one of the primary languages used at the United Nations.
- Journalists younger than 25 and older than 35 are not eligible to apply since the program is intended for mid-career journalists.
- Students of journalism are not eligible to apply.
- Journalists from European countries are not eligible to apply unless they are still reporting to audiences in their home country.
Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships Application Requirements
- A completed online application form.
- At least three (3) work samples were published no earlier than 2022. If the samples are not in English, a summary of the samples in English must be included. The URL addresses should be included if applicant reports are available on the Internet. If work samples are unavailable online, copies should be uploaded to the Application Form (in Word, PDF, MP3 or JPEG formats). If not available on a media website, work samples may be uploaded to a publicly accessible online service, such as YouTube.
- Letter of endorsement from the editor or director of the news organization that presently employs the journalist which: a) grants journalist a paid leave of absence from his/her current duties if awarded a fellowship; b) agrees to publish or broadcast the reports filed by the journalist from the U.N.; and c) provides contact information (email, phone, etc.) for verification purposes. By endorsing the application, the editor pledges to pay for all transmission charges and to publish or broadcast submitted reports.
- A statement (not more than 500 words) expressing a desire for the Fellowship how the experience will benefit the applicant’s understanding of international diplomacy and issues deliberated at the United Nations.
- A copy of applicant’s current passport. Applicants without a current passport will not be considered.
- Two letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s work and able to comment on their journalistic abilities, potential for growth and personal attributes.
How to Apply
All you need to do to apply is to click the link below:
Completed online applications, including required documentation uploads, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on April 24, 2023.
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