UNHCR Mentorship Programme 2021 for Aspiring Journalists

Deadline: 27 November 2020
Open to: refugees, internally displaced, or stateless people, currently enrolled in a tertiary education institution degree programme
Venue: online


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.

Additional Notes

  • 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.

How to apply?

For more information please read the official open call.