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Who is eligible for the fellowship?

The RAF fellowship is open to full-time working journalists between 22 and 35 years of age who are nationals and residents of the following countries with developing economies or economies in transition:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, 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 Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

I am a citizen of one of the eligible countries, but I live in the United States and work for an American news outlet. Am I eligible?

No, fellows must be both citizens of one of the eligible countries listed above and working full-time for a news outlet based there.

I am not a full-time journalist, but I am studying journalism/communications at university. Can I apply?

No, the fellowship is available to full-time, experienced journalists only.

I am a freelance journalist. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, applications from freelance journalists will be considered. As with all applicants, freelance journalists must provide strong work samples relevant to the United Nations’ priorities. Where applicable, they are also encouraged to attach documentation of their press accreditation (e.g., membership in a press syndicate, union or similar association).

Why is English proficiency required?

Fellows are expected to participate in a series of briefings and discussions while at Headquarters. Since fellows come from all parts of the world, the common language of communication during the programme is English, which is also one of the two working languages of the United Nations. Fellows can publish their stories in their own language.

How can I apply?

You must apply via the online application form. The application is divided into two stages. In the first stage, you will be asked to submit basic information about your age, nationality and experience. Based on your responses, you may be invited to complete the application.

What materials do I need to apply?

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 freelanceers) an editor you have worked with
3. Your curriculum vitae in English or French
4. Proof of education (your highest degree or diploma)
5. A copy of your press credentials (e.g., membership in a syndicate or union)

I am a television/radio journalist. How should I submit my work samples?

Please share a link to any publicly accessible mateiral or upload your sample to a free file sharing platform, such as YouTube, Google Drive or Dropbox. Include a hyperlink to your sample in the work sample field on the application form. Please make sure your privacy settings permit anyone with the link to view the material.

My letter or reference is not in English. Do I need to translate it?

No, you do not need to translate your letter of refernece. Please make sure your referee includes his/her full contact details. All letters are subject to verification.

I do not have all the information to complete my application. Can I save my entries and return to it later?

Yes, the application does not need to be completed in one session. Use your login credentials to return to the application.

How do I submit my application?

To submit the application, simply type your name in the declaration field at the bottom of the form and click "save".

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline has been extended to May 28, 2017. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How are applications assessed?

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.

When will the programme take place?

The programme will be held from September 11–29, 2017.

How do I obtain a visa to New York?

Fellows are responsible for obtaining their visas and paying any associated fees. The UN will provide an official letter for fellows to submit with their visa application.

Does the fellowship pay a stipend?

The fellowship covers roundtrip airfare from your country of residence to New York and provides a daily subsistence allowance (approximately $385/day) that can be used for accommodation and meals.

Where will I stay in New York?

Fellows are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in New York. The programme provides a daily subsistence allowance ($385/day) which should be adequate to cover standard hotel rates and meals in New York.