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Overview

We aim to contribute to the ongoing efforts of many Arab and international institutions to improve journalism. To this end, the Fellowship programmes offered by the Al Jazeera Media Institute (AJMI) seek to encourage research in media and other fields of journalism, as well as to provide fellows with the opportunity to learn through practical experience within the Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN).

 

Objectives

  • To contribute to the development of high-quality journalism in the Global South and to help journalists to adapt to modern technologies.
  • To encourage innovation and research.
  • To enrich journalistic content in the Global South.
  • To provide an opportunity for journalists and researchers to be immersed in AJMN’s work culture and environment, and to learn about its journalistic practices.
 

Fellowship Programmes

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Duration

2
Months

Al Jazeera Fellowship

As part of the Al Jazeera Fellowship, journalists and scholars will have the opportunity to write a 7,000-word research paper on selected fields of journalism. Successful applicants to the programme will:

  • Join a team within AJMN and experience the working environment first-hand.
  • Meet with editors, journalists and other staff, relevant to their research proposal.

 

Programme suitable for

Full-time journalists and researchers with a background in media or social sciences.

 

Duration

The programme will take two months to complete, divided into two main phases:

Phase 1 (To be completed remotely): The researcher will work on and submit a research plan and an introduction to his or her research paper before proceeding to phase 2.

Phase 2 (To be completed at Al Jazeera Media Network Headquarters): The researcher will continue the research until final submission of the paper.

 

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 four 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).
  • In order to apply for the Fellowship, applicants must have a proper grasp of English academic writing.
  • The Al Jazeera Fellowship in English is only open to those from non-Arab countries. Those from Arab countries may apply to our Arabic Fellowship Programme.

 

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.
  • Three samples of the applicant’s work in English.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

 

Fellow commitments

If you are selected to take part in the Fellowship Programme, you will commit to the following:

  • 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.

 

Research proposal requirements

The proposal should be between 1000 to 1500 words, demonstrating how and why your research is relevant to your field. Your proposal should demonstrate that the work is necessary to fill a gap in the existing body of research on your subject, underlining existing research on your subject, and adding new depths to the understanding of your subject. The proposal must contain the following:

  1. An introduction to your topic, stating your proposal and the questions your research aims to answer.
  2. The reason your subject is of particular importance.
  3. A summary of the research methodology and the theories/approaches that the researcher will use.
  4. The tools and procedures you will use to collect, analyse and interpret the data you collect.
  5. The main challenges that you expect to face during the research.
  6. An explanation of how journalists could benefit from your final research.
  7. An explanation of how your placement at Al Jazeera headquarters will benefit your research project.

 

The following points should be taken into consideration

  • The research proposal should be authentic and original.
  • The research proposal should be written specifically for the Al Jazeera Fellowship Programme.
  • There will be no tolerance of any kind of plagiarism.

 

 

The applicant should provide a research proposal on one of the following topics:

(Topics provided within each area 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?
  • Fact Checking, disinformation and media manipulation.
  • Intersection of journalism and technology: smart newsrooms, mobile journalism, data journalism etc.
  • Using artificial intelligence in newsrooms.

2) Journalism types

  • Photo documentaries.
  • Anthropological journalism.
  • Slow journalism.
  • Intersection disciplinary of journalism with humanities and social sciences.
  • Journalistic narration methods.

3) Journalistic ethics

  • The role of journalists in empowering the democratic process and protecting human rights.
  • Best practices in covering issues relating to minorities.
  • Hate speech in media and social networks.

4) Media and democracy

  • The role of journalists in promoting democratic practices and protecting human rights.
  • Promoting gender equality in journalism in the Global South.
  • Diversity in newsrooms.
  • Media literacy.

5) Challenges facing media organizations

  • Challenges facing independent media organisations.
  • Media organisations’ business models, and best practices for development.
  • Building digital convergence strategies for media organisations.
  • How are traditional media organisations incorporating digital platforms?
  • Challenges for journalism schools in the Global South.

 

Visiting Journalist Fellowship

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

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

Selection Process

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A committee will review applications and select the most competent candidates, based on the fulfilment of eligibility criteria and the relevance of the applicant's research proposal to AJMN and journalism in general. The committee will be made up of members of the AJMI, which includes representatives from Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera's Digital Division.

 

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

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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 ?

Yes, but the researchers must devote sufficient time to complete the research in a way that adheres to the standards and deadlines for each research stage.

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.

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) Journalism types.

3) Journalistic ethics.

4) Media and democracy.

5) Challenges facing media organizations.

 

 

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.