Call for applications for the fully funded RAF Journalism Fellowship 2018 in New York. The Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship is a unique opportunity for young journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to cover the United Nations. Hosted every fall at UN Headquarters, the programme brings a select group of journalists to New York for the opening of the General Assembly.

During the 3-week programme, fellows have an opportunity to attend special briefings, interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world. In previous years, fellows have met with the UN Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and permanent representatives to the United Nations. The programme also arranges visits to various news organizations, such as the New York Times, Democracy Now! and WNYC radio.

The Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201. Formerly known as the DPI Training Programme for Broadcasters and Journalists from Developing Countries, the programme was renamed in 2003 in honor of Reham Al-Farra, a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer who was killed in the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Since its founding in 1981, the fellowship has been awarded to 581 journalists from 168 countries. Upon completion of the programme, fellows are expected to continue working in journalism and promote better understanding of the United Nations in their home countries. The programme does not provide basic skills training, as all fellows are working journalists. 

Host Country:
  • United States of America (USA)
Host Organisation:
  • United Nations
Fellowship Location:
  • New York City
Fellowship Duration:
  • 3-week programme
Fellowship Dates:
  • 16 September – 6 October
Financial Support:
  • The fellowship covers roundtrip airfare from your country of residence to New York and provides a daily subsistence allowance (approximately $385/day) that can be used for accommodation and meals.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must:

  • be between 22 and 35 years old
  • be a full time working journalist
  • be proficient in English
  • possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the start of the Programme (programme begins September 2018)
  • be a national of a developing country or country in transition, as defined by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
  • a full time experienced journalists only

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Required Documents:
  • Three (3) published work samples related to international affairs. These can be submitted in their original language. Please include a brief summary in English for material that is not submitted in one of the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. 
  • A letter of reference from your current employer or (for freelanceers) an editor you have worked with
  • Your curriculum vitae in English or French
  • Proof of education (your highest degree or diploma)

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How to Apply:

You must apply via the online application form. The application does not need to be completed in one session. Use your login credentials to return to the application. To submit the application, simply type your name in the declaration field at the bottom of the form and click “submit”.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants are assessed based on the strength of their portfolio and its relevance to the work of the United Nations, as well as audience reach. Consideration is also given to geographic diversity and gender parity.

Application Deadline:
  • May 7, 2018


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