Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship by the United Nations

Fellowship Training in Journalism
  • Online, Online
  • Apply Before : March 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 2160
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Fields of study Journalism
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 3 Weeks
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Applications are being accepted for the United Nations Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship. The Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for young (22–35) working journalists from developing and transitional economies to cover the United Nations.

The program, which takes place every autumn at UN Headquarters, brings together a selected group of journalists virtually/in New York to cover the opening of the General Assembly for their respective news outlets. The UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 established the Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship in December 1980. Formerly known as the DPI Training Program for Broadcasters and Journalists from Developing Countries, the program was renamed in 2003, honoring Reham Al-Farra, a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer killed in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad on August 19, 2003.

Key Details

  • Organized by: United Nations
  • Application Deadline: 15 March 2024
  • Duration: Three Weeks
  • Location: Online
  • Program Start: September 2024

Benefits of Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship

Benefits of the Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship:

  • Unique Opportunity: Provides a distinctive chance for young journalists (22 to 35) from developing countries and economies transitioning to cover the United Nations.
  • Tribute to Reham Al-Farra: Honors the memory of Reham Al-Farra, a Jordanian public information officer killed in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
  • UN General Assembly Coverage: Hosted at UN Headquarters every autumn, Fellows cover the opening of the General Assembly, gaining firsthand experience and insights into global diplomatic proceedings.
  • Access to High-Level Officials: Fellows can attend special briefings, interview senior UN officials, and engage with prominent figures such as the UN Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and President of the General Assembly.
  • Global Networking: Enables Fellows to exchange ideas and build professional relationships with journalists worldwide, fostering a global network of media professionals.
  • Media Organization Visits: Organizes visits to reputable news organizations like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and ProPublica, providing exposure to diverse journalistic practices and environments.
  • Historical Relevance: Established in 1981, the fellowship has a longstanding history, awarded to 652 journalists from 168 countries, contributing to its credibility and impact.
  • Continued Professional Development: While not providing basic skills training, the program enhances the skills and knowledge of working journalists, ensuring they stay updated on global issues and diplomatic affairs.
  • Promoting Understanding of the UN: Fellows are expected to promote a better understanding of the United Nations in their home countries, thus fostering informed reporting on international affairs.
  • Commitment to Journalism: Upon completing the program, fellows are encouraged to continue working in journalism, contributing to the development and growth of media in their respective regions.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 22 to 35.
  • Work as a full-time journalist.
  •  Be fluent in both written and spoken English.
  • Be a developing or transitional country national, as defined by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
  • Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Malawi, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Morocco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine (State of), Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Application Requirements

Please prepare these application documents in advance:

  • Three (3) Published Work Samples Related to International Affairs:
  1. Include in their original language
  2. Provide a summary in English for material not in one of the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish)
  • Curriculum Vitae in English or French
  • Completed Application
Application Process for the UN Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship

Interested and eligible journalists can apply online through the link below.


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For further information about the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship, please visit the UN’s website.


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