Application deadline: April 30, 2022
Are you an African journalist, blogger, vlogger, content creator or podcaster living and working in Africa or the Diaspora? Are you passionate about promoting development-focused stories using emerging technologies and through visual, written, spoken and digital media? Apply for the inauguration African Union Media Fellowship.
As Africa enters the 4and industrial revolution, with emerging technologies, African storytellers are now being challenged to think about how to deploy new media technologies for citizen engagement to cope with the changing communications landscape. To ensure that Africa stays in step with the rest of the world and benefits from the digital transformation, the African Union (AU) Directorate of Information and Communications has partnered with the AU Office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to establish the AU Media Fellowship. . The Brotherhood unites innovation and creativity showcase under-reported stories that break stereotypes and create new narratives for the Africa We Want.
The objectives of the AU Media Fellowship is of :
- Train and build the capacity of journalists and/or content creators, in order to leverage creativity and innovation on the continent;
- Build capacity around innovative and transformative tools in journalism and media; and
- Create a platform for journalists to network and share best practices on the future of journalism
The fellowship program will start with a study tour and capacity building workshops. The 20 selected fellows will benefit from direct access to various leaders of the African Union and will have the opportunity to report from the field on the work of the AU around the Agenda 2063 Strategic Aspirations.
- The fellowship is for 12 months and will start in June 2022 with a international study trip to Germany at the “Global Media Forum”.
- Fellows confirm with their application that they are available for an international study trip to Germany between June 15 and July 1, 2022.
- Applicants must be able to commit time to the project if awarded a scholarship.
- Fellows must be available for all listed training sessions and must be able to work on assignments between training blocks.
- Fellows confirm their availability for a week-long training block in December 2022
- Fellows confirm availability for a week-long training block in April 2023.
June 2022 in-person training
Fellows gather in Germany for an intensive 2-week media and advocacy camp.
June – September – Online training and networking
Fellows work remotely with a mentor. Fellows and mentors focus on the fellow’s production goals and work toward tangible advocacy and policy goals.
Fellows meet in person or virtually for intensive training and to present results from the June-September work period.
October – December 2022
Remote work continues as fellows receive support to write, present and publish, make media appearances, advocate for their work and broader policy change, and share their stories with targeted audiences.
The fellows gather in Addis Ababa to familiarize themselves with the AU and present the results of the trainings.
January 2023 – April 2023
Fellows receive ongoing support from their mentor until the announcement of the next class.
April 2023 – Final event and certificates of recognition
A closing event in Addis Ababa will officially close the scholarship. Fellows graduate to become Senior Fellows and become mentors for the next cohort of AU Media Fellows.
- The AU Media Fellowship is open to journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators and podcasters living on the continent or in the Diaspora.
- Fellows must be actively involved in innovative media either as a journalist or in a related field of work for at least three years with demonstrable experience impact-oriented balance sheet.
- All applicants for the AU Media Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time experience in professional journalism or a related field. Internships and journalism-related work done as a university student do not count as work experience.
- Nominees can be affiliated or freelance journalists. However, all applicants must provide a letter of reference or endorsement from an editor.
- Applicants must speak, read and write English fluently in order to fully participate and benefit from the scholarship.
- With their application, Fellows confirm their willingness to report on African Union events and themes, as well as their availability to be interviewed on the Fellowship by international partners.
- Fellows confirm their willingness to participate in events and workshops during the fellowship period.
- Fellows must be able to travel to Berlin in June 2022 and meet all Schengen visa eligibility criteria in their country, including but not limited to:
- Have a valid passport at least until December 2022
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ( Find more details on the website from the German embassy in your country.)
- We will provide you with the necessary documents for your visa application. You will be responsible for obtaining the visa.
- All travel expenses will be reimbursed and covered by us.
- International study trips and exhibition
- Certified workshops and webinars with renowned international partners such as Deutsche Welle, BBC Media Action, Hass-Plattner-Institute, AU and international media
- Access to AU leaders and decision makers and networking with other fellows
- Support from senior mentors and institutions
- Fellows received grants to enable them to produce detailed stories
Please read the instructions carefully as we will not consider incomplete applications.
Applications should include:-
- To resume: Please use a standard format (no image, religion or marital status).
- Coverletter: A one-page document describing your motivation, qualifications and experience.
- Proposal: Please include the following three sections:
- Story suggestions: Please include a brief description of the stories you plan to cover (approximately 200 words each) and the people you plan to contact for interviews.
- Publishing Plan: Specify your publication plan (language and publication target).
- social media: Briefly explain how you plan to engage with the African Union Commission during the fellowship.
- Work samples: Please submit two work samples. If your work samples are in other forms of media (eg video) please email us and we will accommodate those requests.
Call for applications for the scholarship opened on 15 April 2022, with a deadline of April 30, 2022.
Submit your submission here: [email protected]
Applications are pre-selected internally and then submitted to a jury which selects the winning applications. Fellows are announced in May 2022.
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