Each year, the Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists Fellowships are available for individuals from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean between the ages of 25 and 35 years old who are interested in spending up to three months in New York City reporting for the United Nations. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled full-time as professional journalists in media organizations, have a good command of the English language, and provide representative selections of their work.
For nearly six decades, the program has brought journalists under the age of 35 from developing countries to U.N. headquarters in New York to write about the activities of the now 193-nation world organization.
The fellowship recipients have the opportunity to watch and gain a fuller understanding of the deliberations of the powerful 15-member Security Council, the General Assembly and other U.N. bodies as well as attend press conferences and question U.N. officials and government leaders.
Their time at the United Nations overlaps with the annual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly in September, which expands their opportunity to report on global issues.
The program is directed by U.N.-accredited journalists who serve on the Fund’s Board of Directors. They select the recipients from dozens of applicants from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and help mentor them during their stay in New York.
The Fund was established by journalists as a non-profit organization and does not receive financial support from the United Nations. It relies on contributions from governments, foundations, organizations and individuals to fund the fellowships.
- Are native to one of the mainly developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America and the Caribbean. For 2020 only, the Fund will not accept applications from the countries of the 2019 fellows – Egypt, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe – in an effort to rotate recipient countries.
• 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.
Applicants do not have to write reports in English. French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian are acceptable. For newspaper clippings not in English, include an English translation or summary.
If the reports you wish to submit with an individuals 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.
2. Signed letters from two individuals who supervised the student submitting an application and can comment on that student’s journalism experience and qualifications.
3. 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:
• Students must be granted a leave of absence from their current duties in the event that they are awarded a fellowship.
• Agrees to continue paying students for their services during the term of the Fellowship and agrees to use the reports they file from the U.N.
• States plans for using the reports a student file during the fellowship.
4. Summary statement. On a separate sheet of paper, explain in not less than 300 words why an individual is applying for this Fellowship and what they expect to gain from the experience.
5. Two recent photographs (passport size or larger). Place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of each application. Do not staple the photos directly to the application form.
6. A copy of each individuals passport. Applications without a passport will NOT be considered.
How to Apply
The only way to apply is through the PDF or WORD doc application form that is provided on the website.
Reward varies for each applicant.
March 31, 2022 is the new deadline, since 2021 did not have a deadline date.
This is now an annual scholarship.