The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2017 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 20, 2017.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.  The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences.  They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations.

In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2017 from nations selected in 2016:  Argentina, Indonesia, Iran and Tajikistan. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2018.

Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern.  Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists; all participants are media professionals.

Click here for fellowship eligibility criteria and documentation requirements as well as the fellowship application form.



2016 Fellowship Program

The 2016 Fellowship program ended on November 18th and the Journalists have returned to Argentina, Indonesia, Iran, and Tajikistan.

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To hear from journalists who have participated in the fellowship program, please click here.  

Dag Hammarskjöld Fund Honors 2016 Fellowship Recipients

A reception to recognize the Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellows was held at the United Nations on November 1, attended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, senior U.N. officials, diplomats and members of the U.N. press corps.

Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach congratulated the four 2016 Fellows and cited the importance of the Fund’s program for the journalists to develop their careers and achieve further success. When noting highlights of their experience, “one fellow told me the diplomatic encounters in the Security Council; another told me the amount of events and activities during the General Assembly,” but all agreed that the “weeks spent here with us are going to be unforgettable,” Gallach said.

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Although the Fund is based at the United Nations, it does not receive financial support from the world organization. The Fund’s program for journalists relies entirely on financial support from U.N. Missions, foundations, organizations and individuals.


The Fund Board of Directors is composed of U.N.-accredited journalists who volunteer their services to manage the fellowship program, select the fellowship recipients and mentor the journalists while they are at the United Nations.

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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.

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The Fund hosts an annual luncheon each fall at the United Nations which is attended by the Secretary-General, senior U.N. officials and staff, ambassadors to the U.N., members of the U.N. press corps, the current year journalism fellows, supporters of the Fund’s fellowship program and other invited guests.  The luncheon program includes remarks by the Hammarskjöld fellows about the personal and professional impact of the Fund’s program.  The Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award and Chair Citation are presented at this event.

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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.

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