These fellowships are exclusively available to freelancers from a specific region and/or country.
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
Eligible countries listed here
This Fellowship is a unique opportunity for working journalists (aged 22 – 35) from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to cover the United Nations. Hosted every autumn at UN Headquarters, the programme brings a select group of journalists to New York to cover the opening of the General Assembly for their news outlets. During the three-week programme, fellows have an opportunity to attend special briefings, interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.
Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia (and others)
MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) scholarships for Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) courses are available to media and communications professionals from partner countries. These scholarships include a contribution towards the cost of living, course fees, visa, travel and insurance. Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarships are open to candidates from the 52 countries listed here.
Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, UK
This award of £6,000 is for an aspiring British or UK-based foreign correspondent to spend six weeks abroad, researching and reporting on a foreign news story in association with The Times newspaper. A further award of £6,000 is available to a young journalist based in Israel, Lebanon or the Palestinian territories to undertake a six-week fellowship on The Times foreign desk in London. Applicants should have at least two years journalistic experience, be under the age of 30 on the application closing date and be fluent in English.
This year-long programme allows early-career writers to pursue projects they would otherwise be unable to research and report. Fellowships provide up to $35,000 in grant money and expense assistance, while Full Fellowships, which require that recipients devote full-time efforts to their project, provide up to $75,000. Fellows and Full Fellows produce six written installments – one every other month – over the course of their fellowship year. These installments may serve as the basis for a series of articles or a book.
Mexico, United States
Established in 2007, this year-long program at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is designed to enable journalists with a proven ability to tell complex stories in the public interest to pursue a story for one year by providing them with a salary, benefits, editorial guidance and a $10,000 travel stipend. The Fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists, but preference is given to graduates of UC Berkeley’s master’s programme in journalism.
This Fellowship offers one place each year for an experienced journalist to undertake a nine-month residency researching and reporting on the Council of Foreign Relations. Applicants must have extensive experience covering international issues and be based in the US. The Fellowship awards a stipend of $65,000, as well as a modest travel grant. Print, broadcast or online journalists are eligible to apply.
This fellowship from the IRE can provide $1,000 or more for freelancers based in the United States conducting investigative projects. When applying, you’ll need to prove freelance status and have a specific assignment or story in mind. If you already know details of outlets that might like to publish the outcome of your project, ensure these are included in the application.
This scheme awards five to seven grants per year to American journalists or non-American journalists who regularly work for a US publication. The aim of the Fellowship is to support independent media and applicants must either be photojournalists or work in print media. Twelve-month Fellowships are worth up to $40,000, whilst six-month ones are worth $20,000. Applications must be sent by post with examples of your work and the projected costs of your proposal.
Asia, the Pacific
The biennial Asia Pacific Fellowships offer seasoned journalists and their editors from the Asia-Pacific region a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy. The five-day programme, most recently based in Fiji, combines briefings, seminars and conversations by leading experts in the trauma and journalism fields with peer-to-peer discussions on the many challenges of covering tragedy and violence. The fellowship is open to print, broadcast, online, photojournalists, camera operators, editors, producers from the Asia region with five years of full-time experience.
This Fellowship offers journalists from across Asia the opportunity to undergo a three-month course of study and exchange at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Singapore. The aim is to allow participants to sharpen their professional skills and deepen their understanding of key journalism trends. Fellows will be provided with a $1,500 stipend per month, accommodation and travel costs.
United States, Pakistan
This programme from the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan involves journalists from both countries working together and building real professional relationships, as well as the opportunity to learn about media reporting in each other’s countries. It will provide approximately 110-140 participants from Pakistan the opportunity to study and take an active part in the media industry in the United States. Selected participants will spend up to four weeks in an American newsroom.
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
This programme in Southeast Asian Journalism brings mid-career journalists (with at least five years of experience) from Asian countries together for the purpose of pursuing in-depth investigative reporting projects and increasing interaction among media professionals in the region. It aims to deepen understanding among journalists in Southeast Asia while exposing regional readers and viewers to in-depth reportage produced within the region. Women journalists, journalists working outside the country capital and journalists working in alternative or community media outlets are encouraged to apply.
The International Center for Journalism at Freie Universität Berlin offers the European Journalism-Fellowships to enable participants to network with professional colleagues from Eastern and Western Europe and the United States. It will also provide them with the opportunity to take a two-semester leave from their professional positions and spend a sabbatical year at the Freie Universität Berlin, widening their knowledge while pursuing their research project. The Fellowship is for experienced journalists with good German language skills from Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, the USA and the Middle East.
Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey
This programme, named after the Czech journalist, writer and translator Milena Jesenská, offers European journalists time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice. The call is directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants’ work may also deal with societal issues of European relevance and be related to one of IWM’s main research fields.
Journalists from the Balkans are increasingly required to cover complex reform issues, taking in a regional and Europe-wide dimension. The Fellowship provides editorial guidance, training and adequate funding to do so. Each year, ten Balkan journalists are competitively chosen to receive funding and professional support to conduct their own research project.
This Fellowship is open to non-profit journalists based in Europe. Participants attend workshops regarding the business of non-profit journalism and also have the opportunity to attend The Global Investigative Journalism Conference. Following the official fellowship dates, alumni continue to collaboratively work with the Grow Community to collaborate and share ideas with other non-profit journalists.
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