The statement said, applicants must be from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
‘The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance’, the press release emphasised.
The statement also explained that, the fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations.
It stressed further that, applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences, and must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations.
‘In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2017 from nations selected in 2017: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2019’.
The release said, a minimum of four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications, stating that, journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations.
Similarly, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern.
Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists; all participants are media professionals.
It explained that, full fellowship eligibility criteria and documentation requirements as well as the fellowship application form and other instructions can be found on the Fund’s web site at www.unjournalismfellowship.org
The statement also added that, questions about the program, eligibility and application process can be directed by email to [email protected]