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Fellowships: Regional

Fellowships: Regional

These fellowships are exclusively available to freelancers from a specific region and/or country.


African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative
Deadline: September
Rwanda, Uganda

The IWMF designed this program to support journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crises in the region. The AGLRI also provides trainings and offers support for in-country journalists in the program countries. The initiaitive is open to affiliated or freelance women journalists currently working full-time in the news media, with three or more years of professional experience.


Richard Beeston Bursary
Deadline: September
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 have a professional command of English.

RNTC Scholarships
Deadline: July
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, the course fees, visa, travel and insurance. Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarships are open to candidates from 52 countries listed here.

Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: May
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 fall 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.


Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship
Deadline: February
Latin America, the Caribbean

This Fellowship offers a mid-career journalist from a Latin American country the opportunity to spend an academic year at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The objective of the Fellowship is to enhance inter-American understanding and promote dialogue through an exploration of current issues in journalism and free expression in the Americas in an academic setting. Candidates must have at least seven years of experience and current employment as a journalist in Latin America or the Caribbean.

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: February
United States

This year-long program allows writers early in their careers to pursue projects they otherwise would be unable to research and report. Fellowships provide up to $35,000 in grant money and expense assistance; Full Fellowships, which require that recipients devote their 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.

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship
Deadline: March
United States

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 U.S. The fellowship awards a stipend of $65,000 for the period it covers, as well as a modest travel grant. Print, broadcast or online journalists are eligible to apply.

Investigative Reporting Program Fellowship
Deadline: February
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 program in journalism.

Alicia Patterson Fellowship
Deadline: October
United States

This scheme awards 5-7 grants per year to US 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. 

Investigative Reporters and Editors: Freelance Fellowship
Deadline: April
United States

This fellowship from the IRE can provide $1,000 or more just for freelancers based in the United States conducting investigative projects. When you’re applying for this fellowship, you’ll need to prove your freelance status and have a specific assignment or story in mind that you’ll fund using assistance from the fellowship. If you already know any details of outlets which might like to publish the outcomes of your project, make sure you include these details in your application.


Dart Asia Pacific Fellowship
Deadline: February
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.

Asia Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: October/November

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 of the fellowship 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, free accommodation, as well as having their travel costs covered. 

U.S. - Pakistan Professional Partnership Program
Deadline: October
United States, Pakistan

This program 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. This program will provide approximately 110-140 participants from Pakistan the opportunity to study and take an active part in journalism as practiced in the United States. Selected participants will spend up to 4 weeks at a U.S newsroom.

SEAPA Annual Fellowship Program
Deadline: November

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

This program 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.The program 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 are encouraged to apply.


European Journalism-Fellowships 
Deadline: February
East Europe

The International Center for Journalism at Freie Universität Berlin will offer its new course in October 2019, the European Journalism-Fellowships 2019-2020. The programme will enable participants to network with professional colleagues from Eastern and Western Europe and the United States and 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 announcement is directed to experienced journalists with good German language skills from Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, the USA and the Middle East.

Milena Jenská Fellowship for Journalists
Deadline: February/March
Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey

This program, 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. During the next fellowship term (July 2019–June 2020) four fellows are invited to spend three months each at the IWM in Vienna, and they will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 2,500.

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence
Deadline: April

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.


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