Deadline: 27 November 2020
Open to: refugees, internally displaced, or stateless people, currently enrolled in a tertiary education institution degree programme
Applications are invited for the UNHCR Mentorship Programme 2021 for Aspiring Journalists. The goal of this programme is to help refugees tell their stories – or any story that is important to them – to the world.
Selected candidates will receive training and mentorship related to journalism, reporting and writing skills such as interviewing, pitching stories, and constructing a narrative. The programme will bring together internal staff, external media partners and academics to help provide networking and training/educational opportunities during the course of the programme. The length of the programme is six months – although certain flexibility will be granted depending on the circumstances.
- Be a refugee, internally displaced, or stateless person;
- Currently be enrolled in a tertiary education institution degree programme;
- Have published at least one piece of non-fiction writing;
- Be able to write/produce projects in English (we aim to include additional languages in future years);
- Be enthusiastic about sharing stories that shed light on important issues in the world today.
- UNHCR works under the humanitarian principles of neutrality, independence and impartiality. Please keep that in mind when pitching your story idea.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most, if not all, of training and reporting will likely be done virtually.
- Limited funds to cover certain expenses (including but not limited to any travel-related costs, telephone or Internet costs incurred during reporting and costs related to accessing training sessions) will also be provided.