The Programme is sponsored annually by the United Nations Department of Public Information as a fellowship Programme for junior and mid-level broadcasters and journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The Programme provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations. It is also an opportunity to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with UN communication professionals.
Upon completion of the Programme, participants are expected to continue working in journalism or broadcasting and help promote better understanding of the United Nations in their home country.
The Programme is not intended to provide basic skills training to broadcasters and journalists, as all participants are already working as media professionals. The Programme also does not lead to employment by the UN.
RAF Fellowship Participant Selection Process
As a General Assembly mandated Programme, the selection strives to ensure equity in participation of all developing countries and countries with economies in transition, based on geographical distribution, past participation and size of the country.
The participants are recruited via UN Information Centers, UNDP offices and UN Missions in the selected countries. The selection is a competitive process which includes an interview and written assessment taking into consideration gender, type of media balance and individual experience.
RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship Eligibility Requirements
Candidates for the RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowshipmust meet all the following requirements:
RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship - Work Programme
Participants are expected to:
RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship - What is Provided by the UN?
Participant Responsibility and Other Requirements
Once selected, participants will need to undertake the following:
RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship - Application Process
1. Complete Application Form
2. Submit three samples in any language published in the last three years of your work related to the United Nations (General politics – is not accepted). A translation into English or a summary must accompany material published in languages other than the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).
For print journalists:
Copies of three articles or reports related to the United Nations, including full citation (dates, pages and names of the publications) Please SCAN and send the relevant article by email. Do not send complete newspapers or magazines.
For broadcast and on-line journalists:
Three videos, audio or Internet links (e.g. YouTube) (maximum 15 minutes each) or links to radio/TV/on-line work related to the United Nations. Please indicate your exact responsibility and role in those samples. Samples must be journalistic in nature and demonstrate your role in news gathering, writing, editing or producing.
Applicants in managerial or editorial positions for whom it would be difficult to send work samples should include a statement of up to 150 words describing their work and information about the publication/news organization.
3. Submit a photocopy of your passport, showing your photo, nationality, day/place issued and date of expiration. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months from the end of the Programme. Birth certificates or other forms or documentation cannot be accepted.
4. Provide a reference letter from your current employer, supporting your application and, if selected, granting you leave of absence for the full duration of the Programme, including allowing time to execute all assignments and requirements.
5. Submit a photocopy of your university/college diploma in the field of journalism or communication. A translation into English must accompany diplomas issued in languages other than the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).
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