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Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships for Developing Countries in USA – 2019


Application for the Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships for Developing Countries in USA – 2019 Entry is now open for International students in the United States.


Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships for Developing Countries in USA - 2019


The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund is offering journalism fellowships to radio, television, print and web journalists. The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The fellowships offer a unique opportunity for promising young journalists from developing countries to see the United Nations at work and to report on its proceedings for news media in their home countries.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists, a living memorial to the legacy of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, is dedicated to the advancement of a fuller understanding of the deliberations of the United Nations as it seeks to alleviate human suffering and further world peace.

Fellowships are available for professional journalists who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Fund will provide: round-trip airfare to New York; accommodations; health insurance for the duration of the fellowship, and a daily allowance to cover food and other necessities. The Fund will not be responsible for other expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls.


The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists fellowships are open to individuals who:

  • Are native to one of the mainly developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America and the Caribbean. For 2018 only, the Fund will not accept applications from the countries of the 2017 fellows – Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sudan 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.

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.


 Please include all of the following documents with your signed application. Applications WITHOUT the following documents will NOT be considered.

  1. Copies of representative selections of your work, such as newspaper clippings, audio tapes, video tapes or internet submissions. The selections must be work produced in 2017 or 2018 — not earlier. Entries with insight and originality will be considered most favorably. Investigative work is welcome.
  2. For newspaper clippings not in English, include an English translation or summary.
  3. If the reports you wish to submit with your 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.
  4. Signed letters from two individuals who supervised you and can comment on your journalism experience and qualifications.
  5. 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:
    • Grant you a leave of absence from your current duties in the event you are awarded a fellowship.
    • Agrees to continue paying you for your services during the term of the Fellowship and agrees to use the reports you file from the U.N.
    • States plans for using the reports you file during the fellowship.
  6. Summary statement. On a separate sheet of paper, explain in not less than 300 words why you are applying for this Fellowship and what you expect to gain from the experience.
  7. Two recent photographs (passport size or larger). Place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of your application. Do not staple the photos directly to the application form.
  8. A copy of your passport. Applications without a passport will NOT be considered.
  9. NOTE: Applicants and/or their employers are required to provide equipment necessary for the applicants to efficiently and effectively report from the United Nations. Such equipment should include a laptop or notebook computer, digital camera (if appropriate), audio/visual recording and equipment needed for transmission, especially for TV. Selected journalists must be prepared technically to file their news stories over WIFI, whether broadcast or print, and arrive with a computer enabled for WIFI.

Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before March 1, 2019 will be considered for the scholarship.


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