RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship for Developing Countries

Deadline: 31 March 2015
Open to:  journalists and broadcasters from 35 countries, with the intention of selecting 15 candidates, each from a different country.
Fellowship: round trip airline ticket, a daily subsistence in amount of $378 for food, accommodation, local transport and other expenses.


The Programme was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201  and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honor Ms. Reham Al-Farra. The Programme is sponsored annually since 1981 by the United Nations Department of Public Information as a fellowship Programme for junior and mid-level broadcasters and journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. As of 2014, 536 journalists and broadcasters from 166 countries have taken part in the Programme.

The Programme provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations. It is also an opportunity to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with UN communication professionals. The period is one month starting from 10th September 2015 until 8th October 2015 in New York.


  • Age between 22 and 35;
  • Currently employed by a recognized media organization. Freelancers, translators and UN employees or immediate family members of UN employees are not eligible;
  • Oral and written fluency in English. Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will be interviewed on the phone;
  • Several years of professional journalism experience and proven interest in the work of the United Nations.


The fellowship covers:

  • Economy single round trip airline ticket from your country to New York;
  • A daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to cover your accommodation, meals, local transportation and other expenses. The current daily rate for New York is US$ 378.00;
  • Upon completion of the Programme requirements and assignments, participants will receive a certificate of participation.


  1. Complete Application Form: 2015-RAF-Programme-Application-For
  2. Submit three samples in any language published in the last three years of your work related to the United Nations (General politics – is not accepted). A translation into English or a summary must accompany material published in languages other than the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).
  3. Submit a photocopy of your passport, showing your photo, nationality, day/place issued and date of expiration. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months from the end of the Programme. Birth certificates or other forms or documentation cannot be accepted.
  4.  Provide a reference letter from your current employer, supporting your application and, if selected, granting you leave of absence for the full duration of the Programme, including allowing time to execute all assignments and requirements.
  5. Submit a photocopy of your university/college diploma in the field of journalism or communication. A translation into English must accompany diplomas issued in languages other than the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).

Please send the completed application form and all required supporting documents attached IN ONE EMAIL e-mail to the Programme Coordinator, Mr. Zvi Muskal at muskal@un.org.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 31 March, 2015. 

For more info please visit the official website

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