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Overview

Journalism is constantly being transformed by fast-paced and continuous technological development, changing the way content is produced and how it is consumed. Media in the Arab world has certainly been affected by this. In this sense, the fellowship programmes offered by the Al Jazeera Media Institute (AJMI) seek to encourage research in media a. journalistic fields, and to provide fellows with the opportunity to learn from practical experiences within Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN). We aim at contributing to the efforts of many Arab and international institutions to improve journalism.

Objectives

  • To contribute to high quality journalism and enhance its ability to adapt to modern technologies.
  • To encourage innovation and research, especially in the field of digital journalism.
  • To produce knowledge and enrichen journalistic content in Arabic.
  • To provide an opportunity for journalists and researchers to immerse in AJMN’s work culture and environment, and learn about its journalistic practices.
 

Fellowship Programmes

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Duration

2
Months

Al Jazeera Fellowship

The Al Jazeera Fellowship is designed to give journalists and scholars the opportunity to write a 7,000-word research paper on selected fields of journalism. Successful applicants will be able to:

  • Join a team within AJMN and experience the working environment first-hand.
  • Meet with editors, journalists and other staff, relevant to their research proposal.
  • Be part of a diverse workplace, where people from different backgrounds and nationalities converge and create.

Target

Full-time journalists and researchers with a background in media or social sciences relevant to media and journalistic fields.

Funding

Each awarded fellow will receive:

  • Roundtrip airfare from fellow’s city of residence to Doha, Qatar.
  • Accommodation expenses for 3 months in Doha. This includes lodging, meals and round transportation hotel - AJMI.

 

How to join the Al Jazeera Fellowship Program?

Applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

Eligibility criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Full-time journalist or researcher (freelancer or employed).
  • At least 4 years of professional experience in journalism or research, relevant to journalistic and/or media fields.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing).

Requirements

In addition to completing the online application form, applicants are required to submit the following documents in PDF format, with the exception of video, images or other graphic materials provided as work samples. Please note that if any of the following is missing, the application will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Fellowship proposal (must include title, field of interest, objectives, methodology, abstract).
  • Signed letter of commitment.
  • 3 samples of the applicant’s work in English.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Fellow commitments

  • Develop and submit a research paper of up to 7,000 words, as per the AJMI guidelines (these will be provided to successful applicants).
  • Fellow must be accountable at all times. Monthly reports on work status/progress and completion must be submitted.
  • Be an active and engaged member of the Al Jazeera community.

 

Priority will be given to projects focusing on digital journalism in the Arab world, in the following categories. Topics provided below are only illustrative and not exhaustive.

1) Digital Journalism

  • Storytelling: How has storytelling changed with the transition from traditional journalism to digital journalism? Has the media been preoccupied with modern techniques and visual effects to the detriment of journalism and storytelling?
  • Social news gathering and news verification.
  • Intersection of journalism and technology: smart newsrooms, mobile journalism, data journalism, and so on.

2) Challenges facing media organizations

  • How traditional media organizations are trying to tackle challenges, such as growing a social media audience, funding, recruiting the right talent, and so on.
  • How is the old-media guard dealing with technology and social media?
  • Do media organizations adopt digital strategies? How much importance do they attached to this?
  • How are traditional media organizations incorporating digital platforms?

3) Media and democracy

  • The role of journalists in promoting democratic practices and protecting human rights.
  • Hate speech in the media and social networks.
  • Promoting gender equality in journalism in the Arab world.
  • Covering refugee stories from a human rights perspective.
  • Covering war and conflict from a human rights perspective.

 

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Duration

1
Month

Visiting Journalist Fellowship

The Visiting Journalist Fellowship is designed to give self-funded journalists an opportunity to join AJMN for one month to gain practical experience and contribute in a meaningful way to the department the fellow joins. Successful applicants will be able to:

  • Join a team within AJMN and experience the working environment first-hand.
  • Meet with editors, journalists and other staff, relevant to their research proposal.
  • Be part of a diverse workplace, where people from different backgrounds and nationalities converge and create.

Target

Full-time journalists and researchers with a background in media or social sciences relevant to media and journalistic fields.

Funding

The AJMI offers Visiting Journalist fellowship positions to those who have the means of subsistence for coming and spending one month in Doha. Applicants who meet all requirements are welcome to apply.

How to join the Visiting Journalist Fellowship Program

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Eligibility criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Full-time journalist or researcher (freelancer or employed).
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in journalism or media.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing).

Requirements

In addition to completing the online application form, applicants are required to submit the following documents in PDF format, with the exception of video, images or other graphic materials provided as work samples. Please note that if any of the following is missing, the application will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Signed letter of commitment.
  • Signed letter of financial sufficiency.
  • At least 2 samples of the applicant’s work in English.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Fellow commitments

  • Develop and submit an article of up to 1,000 words, as per the AJMI guidelines (these will be provided to successful applicants).
  • Fellow must be accountable at all times. Monthly reports on work status/progress and completion must be submitted.
  • Be an active and engaged member of the Al Jazeera community.

 

Selection Process

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A committee constitutes and headed by the AJMI that includes representatives from Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera's Digital Division will review applications and select the most competent candidates, based on fulfilment of eligibility criteria and the relevance of the applicant's research proposal to AJMN and journalism in general

 

Visiting Journalist Fellowship Selection ProcessVisiting Journalist Fellowship

A committee from the AJMI will review applications and select the most competent candidates, based on fulfilment of eligibility criteria and background.

 
 

Application Timeline

Applications for the Al Jazeera Fellowship will be announced later.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read these FAQs before contacting us with a query. We receive a lot of emails, and while we try our best to answer quickly, it may take us some time to get back to you. Thank you for understanding.

 

Can freelance journalist apply ?

Yes, freelance journalists can apply to both of our fellowship programs as long as they are working journalists, fulfil the eligibility criteria and requirements, and plan to keep working as journalists.

Do I have to be fluent in both Arabic and English to be considered ?

Both fellowship programmes offer positions for Arabic native speakers and non-Arabic speakers. For Arabic native speakers, having a working knowledge of English will be considered as an advantage. Non-Arabic speakers must be fluent in English.

If I meet all but one eligibility criteria, can I still be considered ?

No, candidates must fulfil all eligibility criteria. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered at all. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made in this regard.

Can I apply all year long ?

No, applications open twice a year for both fellowships, in the spring-summer and autumn-winter periods. Please visit the website and follow us on social media for date announcements.

If I miss the deadline, can my application still be considered ?

No, unfortunately we can’t consider late applications, regardless of the reason.

Can I work while on the fellowship program ?

No, regardless of the fellowship programme you get accepted into, you must commit yourself entirely to the programme.

How long does the fellowship program last ?

It depends on the fellowship program you are applying to. The Al Jazeera fellowship is a three-month programme, while the Visiting Journalist fellowship is a one month programme.

Will the fellowship have any cost for me ?

It depends on which fellowship program you are applying for. The Al Jazeera fellowship grants two scholarships per year – one to native Arabic speakers and one to non-Arabic speakers.

The grant covers:

1) Roundtrip airfare from fellow’s city of residence to Doha, Qatar.

2) Accommodation expenses for 3 months in Doha, including lodging, meals and transportation hotel-Al Jazeera-hotel. The Visiting Journalist fellowship does not grant any financial support to fellows. Candidates who have the means of subsistence for coming and spending one month in Doha and meet eligibility criteria and all requirements are welcome to apply.

 

 

What research topics are supported by the Al Jazeera fellowship ?

Priority will be given to projects focusing on digital journalism in the Arab world, in the following categories:

1) Digital Journalism.

2) Challenges facing media organizations.

3) Media and democracy.

 

Application Form

If you are interested in either of our fellowship programmes, please apply by filling out the required information.

 

Al Jazeera Fellowship Visiting Journalist Fellowship

NOTE: The Visiting Journalist Fellowship Program will be opened at later date.