The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists Fellowships

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2017 fellowship program. The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations. Fellowships will provide incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world. The fellowship includes travel, accommodations, and a per diem allowance.

A reception to recognize the Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellows was held at the United Nations on November 1, attended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, senior U.N. officials, diplomats and members of the U.N. press corps.


The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists fellowships is open to individuals who:

  • Are native of one of the developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America and the Caribbean. For 2017 only, the Fund will not accept applications from the countries of the 2016 Fellows – Argentina, Indonesia, Iran, and Tajikistan — in an effort to rotate recipient countries.
  • 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 as professional journalists for print, television, radio or internet media organizations.  Both full-time and freelance journalists are invited to apply.
  • 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 for their services.

How to Apply:

Supporting Documents:

Please include all of the following credentials with your signed application.

  • Copies of representative selections of your work, such as newspaper clippings, audio tapes, video tapes or internet submissions. The selections must be work produced in 2016 or 2017 — not earlier. Entries with insight and originality will be considered most favorably. Investigative work is welcome.
  • For newspaper clippings not in English, include an English translation or summary.
  • If the reports you wish to submit with your application are posted on the Internet, please provide the URL addresses.
  1. For audio tape and video tape submissions, include a written transcription or a summary in English, even if the originals are in English.
  2. Video submissions should be in DVD or CD (preferably NTSC) format. Radio applicants should send a CD with MP3 formatted files.
  • Signed letters from two individuals who supervised you and can comment on your journalism experience and qualifications.
  • Endorsement of the Fellowship application from the editor or director of the news organization that presently employs you. This endorsement must be originally signed and should:
  1. Grant you a leave of absence from your current duties in the event you are awarded a fellowship.
  2. Agrees to continue paying you for your services during the term of the Fellowship and agrees to use the reports you file from the U.N.
  3. States plans for using the reports you file during the fellowship.
  • Summary statement. On a separate sheet of paper, explain in not less than 300 words why you are applying for this Fellowship and what you expect to gain from the experience.
  • Two recent photographs (passport size or larger). Place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of your application. Do not staple the photos directly to the application form.
  • A copy of your passport. Applications without a passport will not be considered.

Submitting Details:

An originally completed and signed application, along with all supporting documents 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

Financial Aid and Award Money:

Four journalists are selected each year and the award money are varies. The fellowship includes travel, accommodations, and a per diem allowance.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is March 20, 2017.Journalists from Argentina, Indonesia, Iran and Tajikistan countries may apply in 2018.

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