The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is currently accepting applications for their 2012 United Nations Journalism Fellowship program.
Dag Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary-General for the United Nations and served from April 1953 until September 1961 when he met his death in a plane crash while on a peace mission in the Congo. While in office, Hammarskjöld was responsible for many diplomatic activities, including the first and second UN international conference on peaceful uses of atomic energy in Geneva, and for his support of the Armistice Agreements to promote progress towards better and more peaceful conditions between Israel and the Arab States. Hammarskjöld also posthumously received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists has awarded fellowships to journalists since 1962. For the United Nations Journalism Fellowship, four journalists are selected and are given the opportunity to report on international affairs during the UN’s annual General Assembly. The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists ages 25-35 who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean and working full-time for a media organization in a developing nation. Recipient countries are rotated for the 2012 fellowship; for example, applicants from China, Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria are not eligible to apply this year since fellowships were awarded to journalists for those countries in 2011.
Fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November. The cost of travel and accommodations is included, as well as a per diem allowance.