Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships for Developing Countries

Deadline: 16 March 2015
Open to: professional journalists aged between 25 and 35, coming from developing countries
Fellowship: round-trip airfare to New York, accommodation, health insurance and a daily allowance


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. Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. 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 fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November.

Over the past five decades, fellowships have been awarded to hundreds of journalists from the developing world. These awards require the presence of the selected journalist in New York during the first few months of the General Assembly session and should be regarded as an opportunity for news organizations and journalists to provide their audiences with special assignment news coverage from U.N. headquarters.


The call is open for applicants who:

  • Are native of one of the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • 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 full-time as professional journalists for print, television, radio or internet media organizations;
  • 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 as employees;


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.


In order to apply, one should:

  • Fill in the application form;
  • Send copies of representative selections of their work, such as newspaper clippings, audio tapes, video tapes or internet submissions. The selections must be work produced in 2013 or 2014, not earlier. Entries with insight and originality will be considered most favorably. Investigative work is welcome;
  • Provide signed letters from two individuals who supervised the candidate and can comment on their journalism experience and qualifications;
  • Provide endorsement of the Fellowship application from the editor or director of the news organization that presently employs the candidate;
  • Send a summary statement. On a separate sheet of paper, the candidate shoul explain in not less than 300 words why they are applying for this Fellowship and what they expect to gain from the experience;
  • Two recent photographs (passport size or larger). The applicant should place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of the application. The applicants are recommended not to staple the photos directly to the application form;
  • A passport copy. The organization will NOT consider applicants without a passport;

Deadline for applying is 16 March 2015.

An originally completed AND signed application, along with all six (6) of the Documentation Requirements, should be sent by postal or courier service (such as DHL, Fedex, Airborne) to:

Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists
512 Northampton Street, No. 124A
Edwardsville, PA 18704 USA

Questions can be directed to:  [email protected]

For more information please visit the official webpage.

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