To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must satisfy the following minimum criteria:
- You have at least five years of professional journalism experience. Student journalism is not included.
- You are working as a journalist. Freelancers are eligible, if journalism is your main source of income.
- You live in Asia.
- You are able to operate in English, which is the working language of the programme. We welcome journalists working in non-English media, but you may have to demonstrate your proficiency in English through a telephone interview.
- Your employers must agree in writing to allow you to participate in the Fellowship for three full months.
The Fellowship is extremely competitive and, regretfully, we have to turn down many outstanding applicants each year. However, there is no “model” applicant and we aim for diversity in the participants’ professional profile and life experiences.
In general, we are looking for Fellows who have made a professional impact in their work (shown through awards and commendations, for example) and have the potential for leadership and management roles within the profession or organisation, and a passion to excel.
You can be in any news medium – newspapers, magazines, television, radio or digital – and practising journalism through words, photos or video. You can be a reporter or photographer on the ground, or an editor.
Past Fellows include those who work for media giants in Asia’s capital cities, as well as those from provincial media and alternative media including NGO media. What matters most is that you are making a difference in your country and community and aim to do more. We prefer those working for Asian media organisations.