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Daniel Pearl Fellowship for Journalists in USA

Applications are invited for Daniel Pearl Fellowship from professional journalists of Muslim-majority countries. This six-month fellowship is awarded for journalists to work full time at U.S. host news organizations while developing their journalism skills. The fellowship program begins in March with a two-week orientation seminar in Washington, DC designed to prepare the fellows. Fellows return to their home countries in late August to begin sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues, editors, and publishers in their home newsrooms. In addition, the Daniel Pearl Fellows spend a week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where they work closely with Jewish colleagues.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded to develop journalism skills.
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This is a six-month fellowship program for Journalists to work full time at U.S. host news organizations.
Scholarship Provider: Daniel Pearl Foundation and Press Partners
Scholarship can be taken at the USA


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  • Journalists who are citizens of Muslim-majority countries;
  • Current full-time employment as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, magazines, wire services, or online publications of general public interest;
  • At least three years of full-time professional experience as a journalist;
  • Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old;
  • A demonstrated a personal commitment to a career in journalism;
  • Ability and desire to share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home;
  • Endorsement from the management of the home news organization;
  • An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Alfred Friendly Press PartnersMuslim journalists from the following countries are eligible to apply for the Daniel Pearl Fellowships: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Yemen.

Scholarship Description: Sharing the same goals, the Daniel Pearl Foundation partnered with Press Partners in 2003 to offer special fellowships to honor the life and work of journalist Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002. Daniel Pearl Fellows – ten from Pakistan, four from Egypt and one from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen – have worked at The Berkshire Eagle/North Adams Transcript, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, ProPublica, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post (DC bureau), and The Wall Street Journal (Atlanta, New York and DC bureaus).

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships are six-month professional fellowships offered once a year to professional journalists from developing countries and emerging markets. Friendly Fellows work full time at U.S. host news organizations while developing their journalism skills. 

What does it cover? The fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic U.S. travel, health insurance and provides a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses. It is highly recommended that fellows bring additional money with them. While family members may visit, they cannot accompany the fellow for the duration of the fellowship.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via e-mail.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is August 31

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