What To Expect?

Key elements

Professional workshops

Short, intensive workshops will focus on enhancing your professional capabilities. Previous workshops that were well received include integrating social media into news operations; basic photography and video for print reporters; narrative journalism; data-driven journalism; and being an editor.

Professional seminars

We hold informal seminars that allow Fellows to share their experience and expertise, explain important issues affecting their societies, and describe how journalism is done in their countries. We invite experts and interested outsiders, including journalists and journalism students, to some of these.

Visits and Briefings

To help Fellows get to know Singapore, there will be opportunities to visit various places of interest and engage with leaders and decision makers of Singapore institutions and organisations, ranging from government agencies to business corporations and civil society groups.

Independent Project

Each Fellow picks a research project that is personally meaningful and useful to his or her own country or society. Fellows are free to choose their topics, and many pick Singapore-related topics of relevance to their societies. As the AJF is based in Singapore, Fellows are expected to work on their projects in Singapore.

We hope the effort put into the research projects will result in some tangible outcome at the end of AJF – a long magazine feature or documentary for public consumption, or a policy paper to guide your employer or professional association at home. Every Fellow will be assigned a research advisor to provide guidance along the way.

In choosing the topic to research, Fellows could take advantage of Singapore’s position as a global financial, aviation and maritime centre, and a culturally diverse, cosmopolitan city that is increasingly vibrant in fields such as the arts.


  • The Fellowship is a community, not an individual programme. As such, we expect every Fellow to contribute to its success by participating fully in the various events.
  • Fellows are expected to share your knowledge and experience in an appropriate way, such as by giving a presentation or being part of a panel discussion at the AJF seminars.
  • Before the end of the programme, every Fellow will have to do a presentation on his or her research project.
  • We expect Fellows to submit project reports by the end of the programme, and keep the AJF team informed when material from their research project is used afterwards in published articles, books, or radio, TV and online productions. Fellows should acknowledge TFI-IPS AJF when materials from their research project are published in any form.



Fellows will be provided a stipend of S$1,500 per month for the duration of the three-month programme. Travel to and from Singapore will be covered.


IPS will apply for the Training Employment Passes that allow Fellows to come to Singapore.


Free accommodation is provided in serviced apartments. Two or three Fellows share one apartment, which will have a kitchen for you to cook meals. We discourage Fellows from having live-in visitors to avoid inconvenience to their flatmates. However, if family members visit, Fellows should get the prior consent of their flatmates and inform the AJF team. Such visits should also be limited to stays of no longer than five nights.

Health and Travel Insurance

Be sure to purchase your personal health and travel insurance for the full duration of your stay in Singapore before arriving for the Fellowship.

Facilities and Resources

Fellows will have access to the NUS libraries and internet access at the serviced apartments as well as at NUS campus.

Research advisors

Fellows are assigned research advisors to guide them with their individual projects.

Who should apply?

How To Apply?


One Fellow’s View

2014 Fellow Fazal Khaliq from Pakistan produced this video capturing his Fellowship experience.