Recipients of 2017 Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships

Mercy Abang


Zeinab Mohammed Salih


Mir Wais Jalalzai


Ray Mwareya


The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists was established as a not-for-profit organization more than 50 years ago by journalists at the United Nations as a living memorial to the legacy of peace, progress and justice of Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN Secretary-General who was killed in a plane crash while on a peace mission to the Congo in 1961.

The Fund’s program for journalists seeks to advance a fuller understanding of UN deliberations to alleviate human suffering and promote peace; to support and encourage the journalism profession, and to inspire a strong and diverse community of journalists who will give voice to the challenges facing their countries.

Journalists are important partners in the United Nation efforts to foster a culture of peace and security, human rights and dignity, universal justice, social and economic development.  They are essential to raising public awareness of the key issues, documenting the facts, illustrating what is being done, and pointing to the successes and failures of international efforts.

Over the past five decades, the Fund has selected hundreds of journalists from the developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations) and Latin America/the Caribbean to report from the UN during the opening months of the General Assembly (September-November).   The program offers an incomparable opportunity for promising journalists from developing countries to observe United Nations deliberations and to report on proceedings for news media in their home countries.  They also meet international experts and diplomats, interact with seasoned journalists, and make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come.  Many former program participants have achieved national and international success and acclaim.

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

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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Honorary Advisory Council

Board of Directors


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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“…were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspaper or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”   — Thomas Jefferson

The Dag Hammarskjöld journalism Fund is dedicated to the advancement of a fuller understanding of the deliberations of the United Nations as it seeks to alleviate human suffering and further world peace; to support and promote the profession of journalism in the developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), Latin America and the Caribbean, and to inspire a strong and diverse community of journalists who will give voice to the challenges facing these developing countries.

If you wish to help us strengthen our commitment to internationalism and to reporting the important work of the United Nations, we would welcome your financial support.

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