Rahem Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Programme: An Open Opportunity for Journalist from Developing Countries!

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The United Nations Department of Public Information is currently seeking applications from young journalists and broadcasters for the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme. The fellowship is for junior and mid-level broadcasters and journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The Programme was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.

The Programme provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations. It is also an opportunity to meet journalists from other countries and exchange ideas with UN communication professionals.

Upon completion of the Programme, participants are expected to continue working in journalism or broadcasting and help promote better understanding of the United Nations in their home country.


  • Economy single round trip airline ticket from fellow’s country to New York.
  • A daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to cover fellow’s accommodation, meals, local transportation and other expenses. The current daily rate for New York is US$ 385.00.
  • Upon completion of the Programme requirements and assignments, participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Eligibile Countries: Angola, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Cyprus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Venezuela, Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kuwait, Oman

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be nationals of one of the countries mentioned above and must meet all the following requirements:

  • Age between 22 and 35.
  • Currently employed by a recognized media organization. Freelancers, translators and UN employees or immediate family members of UN employees are not eligible.
  • Oral and written fluency in English. Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will be interviewed on the phone.
  • Several years of professional journalism experience and proven interest in the work of the United Nations.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can email all their documents at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Rahem Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Programme.


  1. Avatar Sullay Kalokoh says

    I am very pleased to see such program in this area as a young media practitioner living in Sierra Leone West Africa. I met must of the requirement to participate in this event.

    But my issue of concern is that my Country is not eligible to send in participant. Am really ready to learn and share with young journalist in the world my experience but please how can this be possible for me to be accepted?