Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: 15 April 2019
Open to: journalists age 22 to 35 from developing countries
Benefits: fully funded


The Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship is a unique opportunity for young (22 to 35), working journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to cover the United Nations. Hosted every fall at UN Headquarters, the programme brings a select group of journalists to New York to cover the opening of the General Assembly for their news outlets.

The Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201. Formerly known as the DPI Training Programme for Broadcasters and Journalists from Developing Countries, the programme was renamed in 2003 in honor of Reham Al-Farra, a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer who was killed in the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.


The 2019 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 15 September to 5 October 2019. Applications must be submitted via the online form by 15 April 2019. Only applications from candidates meeting the eligibility criteria below will be considered.

To meet the eligibility requirements, candidates must:

– be between 22 and 35 years old;

– be a fulltime working journalist;

– be proficient in English;

– possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the start of the Programme (programme begins September 2019);

– be a national of a developing country or country in transition, as defined by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in this link (


The fellowship covers roundtrip airfare from your country of residence to New York and provides a daily subsistence allowance (approximately USD 410/day) that can be used for accommodation and meals.

How to apply?

Applicants are assessed based on the strength of their portfolio and its relevance to the work of the United Nations, as well as audience reach. Consideration is also given to geographic diversity and gender parity.

You will need the following documents:

  1. Three (3) published work samples related to international affairs. These can be submitted in their original language. Please include a brief summary in English for material that is not submitted in one of the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  2. A letter of reference from your current employer or (for freelancers) an editor you have worked with
  3. Your curriculum vitae in English or French
  4. Proof of education (your highest degree or diploma)

In order to apply, please fill the application.

For more information, please visit the official web page.