The Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program, established by the United Nations, provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations in New York. It is also an opportunity to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with U.N. communication professionals.
The 2015 fellowship will take place Sept. 10 to Oct. 8. The program is open to journalists from 35 countries, with the intention of selecting 15 candidates, each from a different country. Participants will receive airfare and a daily allowance.
The deadline to apply is March 31.
Candidates must be nationals of one of the countries mentioned and must meet all the following requirements:
- Age between 22 and 35.
- Currently employed by a recognized media organization. Freelancers, translators and UN employees or immediate family members of UN employees are not eligible.
- Oral and written fluency in English. Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will be interviewed on the phone.
- Several years of professional journalism experience and proven interest in the work of the United Nations.
Participants are expected to:
- Familiarize themselves with the issues before the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.
- Shadow UN media professionals and participate in hands-on activities and workshops.
- Participate in a two-day academic workshop at a university in New York.
- Undertake professional work assignments. Each participant will be required to compile a dossier of news stories or scripts.
- Attend briefings by officials of the UN Secretariat and special events.
- Visit major media organizations and relevant NGOs in New York to observe their operations.
- Economy single round trip airline ticket from your country to New York.
- A daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to cover your accommodation, meals, local transportation and other expenses. The current daily rate for New York is US$ 378.00.
- Upon completion of the Programme requirements and assignments, participants will receive a certificate of participation.
Once selected, participants will need to undertake the following:
- Obtain a Visitor Visa to the United States and acquire health insurance to cover possible medical expenses in the United States.
- Provide a reference letter from his/her current employer, granting leave of absence for the full duration of the Programme. While in New York, participants are required to file relevant UN stories with their news organizations.
- In preparation for the Programme, participants are required to research recent UN activities in their countries and familiarize themselves with the UN System through the UN website (www.un.org) and other relevant sources of information.