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Applications open for Dag The Dag Hammarskjöld felowship programme for journalists



February015  The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications for its 2015 fellowship programme, which is open to professional journalists from developing countries.  

The application deadline is 16 March 2015.


The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are interested in going 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 and will include the cost of travel and accommodation in New York, as well as a per diem allowance. 

The programme is open to journalists who are nationals of any one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and who are currently working for media organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences.  They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations.

In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2015 from those nations selected in 2014:  Nigeria, Tunisia, the Philippines and Vietnam.  Journalists from these countries may apply in 2016.

Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the 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, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern.  The programme is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists; all participants are media professionals.


Full fellowship eligibility criteria and documentation requirements as well as the fellowship application form are available at:


Please e-ail all queries about the programme (including eligibility criteria and the application process) to: 

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Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media

“Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media” is this year's theme for World Press Freedom Day (3 May).  In his Message, the Secretary-General denounces the attacks on journalists and other media workers who every day face "intimidation, threats and violence from governments, corporations, criminals or other forces that wish to silence or censor."  He describes killings and other actions taken to silence journalists as "individual tragedies" which, collectively, "are an assault on the right of all people to the truth."

Additional information on World Press Freedom Day is available at : http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/

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