Attention: Journalism Fellowship Applicants
Regrettably, the Fund will not conduct a fellowship program this year. The UN General Assembly is expected to conduct a scaled back session in mid-September because New York City is still the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Applications for 2020 will continue to be reviewed, and semi-finalists will be notified within months of their approval for the fellowship program in 2021. This is the first time since the Fund program began in 1962 that we will not have a program.
We wish good health to all.
When U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld was killed in a plane crash on a mission to war-torn Congo in 1961, correspondents who reported about the United Nations established a fellowship program in his memory as a lasting legacy to his commitment to promoting peace and international understanding.
For nearly six decades, the program has brought journalists under the age of 35 from developing countries to U.N. headquarters in New York to write about the activities of the now 193-nation world organization.
The fellowship recipients have the opportunity to watch and gain a fuller understanding of the deliberations of the powerful 15-member Security Council, the General Assembly and other U.N. bodies as well as attend press conferences and question U.N. officials and government leaders.
Their time at the United Nations overlaps with the annual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly in September, which expands their opportunity to report on global issues.
The program is directed by U.N.-accredited journalists who serve on the Fund’s Board of Directors. They select the recipients from dozens of applicants from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and help mentor them during their stay in New York.
The Fund was established by journalists as a non-profit organization and does not receive financial support from the United Nations. It relies on contributions from governments, foundations, organizations and individuals to fund the fellowships.
Honorary Advisory Council
The Fund is guided in its efforts by an Honorary Advisory Council which is comprised of ambassadors to the United Nations and other individuals who believe in the objectives of the fellowship program for journalists. Continuing a 56-year tradition since the Fund was established. H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, has agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman of the Council.
Since 1962, The Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fund has awarded fellowships to professional journalists from the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Alumni Fellows are currently working around the world. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund continues to gather information about the status and activities of past program participants. We are proud of their achievements and firmly believe the Hammarskjöld fellowship helped to propel their success.