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Applications Invited for South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP)

Applications Invited for South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP)

Organization: Chevening

Apply By: 12 Oct 2022

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About the Organization

Chevening offers fully funded scholarships and fellowships to individuals with ideas to create positive change.

Chevening is the UK government’s international scholarships and fellowships programme.

Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations, we offer individuals who show potential to inspire, inform, and influence positive change the opportunity to study at a UK university to gain a UK educational qualification.

Chevening Scholars study subjects in almost any field, and go on to implement their ideas for positive change in a range of sectors. After completing their period of study in the UK, they return home and join our global network of over 50,000 alumni.

About the Fellowship

The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP) is aimed at mid-career journalists from South Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.

The fellowship is hosted by the University of Westminster.

This fellowship is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

Fellows will undertake a bespoke 8-week fellowship titled ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the Media, Politics and Society’.  The programme explores the different ways in which the media play a part in holding democratic processes to account, including government, the civil service and security, as well as the broader political system in both the South Asia region and the UK.

During this programme, fellows will explore the range of approaches taken by the UK and the South Asia region, and then use that knowledge to direct discussions that tackle the big issues challenging the field. Fellows will be challenged to discuss evidence-based context for key policy debates, understand international positions (including appreciation of UK approaches), supply practical experience, and encourage dialogue on key issues.

The curriculum focuses on the ways in which the media are held responsible, and the wider context within which political institutions operate. The ethics of reporting are at the heart of all debates.

Fellows will participate in eight intensive weeks of lectures, visits, and discussions that introduce them to key UK academics, media, and political figures in the field. They will also spend time meeting their peers in some of the UK’s top media organisations, as well as running a symposium on a topic of their choice in the final week.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or the Maldives
  • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application
  • Have at least seven years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-career journalist working in the political or economic sectors in one of the above-mentioned countries and good working knowledge of English to be assessed in your application form and if you are invited to interview
  • Not hold British or dual-British citizenship
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations of the fellowship

How to Apply

Applications for 2023/2024 Chevening Fellowship are now open. The deadline for scholarship applications is 12 October 2022.

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