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.