2017 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship

Monday, 08 May 2017

Call for Applications

The Department of Public Information is accepting applications for the annual Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship (RAF).  The fellowship brings a select group of young journalists to New York to cover the opening of the General Assembly.

During the 3-week programme, fellows have a chance to observe the UN in action, interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.  In previous years, fellows have met with the UN Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and permanent representatives to the United Nations.  The programme also arranges visits to various news organizations, such as the New York Times, the Associated Press, and WNYC radio.

The Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201.  Formerly known as the DPI Training Programme for Broadcasters and Journalists from Developing Countries, the programme was renamed in 2003 in honor of Reham al-Farra, a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer who was killed in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

The fellowship is open to fulltime journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with developing and transitioning economies.  Applicants must have experience in radio, television, print or online news, a strong portfolio covering international affairs and fluency in English. Fellowship awards cover the cost of roundtrip airfare to New York and provide a daily subsistence allowance.

The programme will take place from September 11–29, 2017.

For a list of eligible countries, and to apply, please visit outreach.un.org/raf.

For more information, contact mediafellowship@un.org.

Follow the RAF journalists on Facebook @RAFjournalists and Twitter @UNRAF.