The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP) online application window for the 2022-23 cohort is now open. The fellowship is aimed at mid-career journalists from South Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives who are interested in expanding their knowledge, network, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions, according to the British High Commission.
The University of Westminster hosts the scheme, which is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office. By October 12, 2022, only online applications will be accepted. On the website, interested journalists can find information about eligibility, deadlines, and the online application system.
Seven Pakistani journalists will be chosen to participate in a one-of-a-kind fellowship titled ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the Media, Politics, and Society.’
They will take part in eight weeks of intensive lectures, visits, and discussions that will introduce them to key UK academics, media, and political figures in the field, as well as meet their peers in some of the UK’s top media organizations and run a symposium on a topic of their choice in the final week. Fellows of the program will also be invited to exclusive networking events and talks.
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Structure of the Course/Program
The candidates will participate in an eight-week fellowship called ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: Media, Politics, and Society.’
The program investigates the various approaches taken by the media to hold democratic processes accountable, including the government, civil service, and security, as well as extensive political systems in South Asia and the United Kingdom.
Fellows will be expected to discuss key policy debates, understand international positions, share practical experiences, and promote exchanges on critical issues.
The program lasts eight weeks and includes lectures, visits, and discussions with field-related UK academics, media, and political figures. They will organize a symposium on the topic of their choice during their final week.
- Complete coverage of program fees.
- Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship.
- Return economy airfare from the candidate’s country of residence to the UK.
An applicant must:
- Be a citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or the Maldives.
- Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area)
- when applying.
- Have a minimum of seven years of work experience prior to applying.
- Be a mid-career journalist working in the political or economic sectors in one of the above-mentioned countries.
- Be proficient in English, which will be assessed in the application form and in the interview (if invited).
- Not be a holder of British or dual-British citizenship
- Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations of the fellowship.
- Return to their country after the completion of the fellowship.
How to Apply
Interested individuals can register on the link of the Chevening website and submit their applications accordingly.
The deadline to apply for the fellowship is 12 October 2022.
For more information about the program, interested individuals can visit the official page of Chevening’s South Asia Journalism Fellowship.