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).
- 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.
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.
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.
Al Jazeera Fellowship
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
A committee from the AJMI will review applications and select the most competent candidates, based on fulfilment of eligibility criteria and background.
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 whil
e 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.
If you are interested in either of our fellowship programmes, please apply by filling out the required information.
Visiting Journalist Fellowship
NOTE: The Visiting Journalist Fellowship Program will be opened at later date.
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