Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships for Journalists

Deadline: 1 August, 2012
Open to: Journalists coming from Middle East, North Africa and South Asia
Fellowship: The fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic U.S. travel, health insurance and provides a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses


In the conviction that a strong, free press is essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy, the late Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, conceived a fellowship program that would both impart American journalistic traditions and respond to worldwide interest in the dissemination of fair and accurate news. It was Alfred Friendly’s belief that working side by side with reporters and editors is the best way to absorb the practical realities of journalism in this country and the instrumental role it plays in our society. Therefore, he created the program that bears his name to immerse approximately ten journalists each year for six months in American newsrooms. Since 1984 the ALFRED FRIENDLY PRESS FELLOWSHIPS (AFPF) has trained 283 journalists from 78 countries.

In addition to the six month newsroom expertise, the Fellowship Program works closely with home and host news organizations to make specific plans for the fellows; offers specialised Fellowship Program by topic (business, health, investigations, online, etc.) and region(developing countries); and introduces fellows to what’s new and distinctive in yankee newsgathering and delivery. Their goal is to extend the extent of effectiveness and excellence of the AFPF program within the twenty first century and to broaden the impact of the program on countries that are operating to know press freedom.

The fellowship program begins in March with a two-week orientation seminar in Washington, DC designed to prepare the fellows — both personally and professionally — for the challenges of living and working in the United States. At the middle of the program, fellows and staff come together for a week to attend seminars focused on writing, editing, multimedia reporting and investigative reporting/Computer Assisted Reporting. A final seminar in Washington reunites the fellows and allows them to compare and evaluate their experiences and discuss their impressions of the American media. Fellows return to their home countries in early September to begin sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues, editors and publishers in their home newsrooms.

Fellowship Program Goals

  • To supply the candidate with expertise in reporting, writing and editing that may enhance future skilled performance;
  • To enable the candidate to achieve a sensible understanding of the perform and significance of the free press in yankee society;
  • To transfer information gained on the program to colleagues at home;
  • To foster continuing ties between free press establishments and journalists within the us and their counterparts in alternative countries.

Criteria of Eligibility

  • Candidate needs to currently be full-time employed as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of freelance newspapers, magazines, wire services, or on-line publications of general public interest in an exceedingly developing country or an rising market;
  • At least 3 years of full-time skilled expertise as a journalist within the print/online media;
  • Citizenship of a developing country or an rising market;
  • Early to mid-career standing and between twenty five and thirty five years old;
  • A demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism in an exceedingly developing country or an rising market;
  • Ability and want to share what’s learned on the Fellowship Program with alternative journalists at home;
  • Endorsement from the management of the house publication;
  • An excellent command of each written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English.
  • Due to needs of reporting within the us, preference is given to Fellowship Program candidates who are proficient in using computers and driving cars.

Applications from journalists at the organizers’ partner media companies or Muslim journalists from the countries who are eligible for the Daniel Pearl Fellowships only will be accepted.

Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Yemen


If you meet these requirements for Fellowship Program as well as the criteria of eligibility, please email the AFPF Program Manager at [email protected] to request an application for Fellowship Program. Deadline for applying is 1 August, 2012

For more information please visit the official website.

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