A call goes out to all African-born journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators, and podcasters throughout the continent and beyond. Interested in using emerging technology and visual, textual, oral and digital media to promote development-focused stories? The African Union Media Fellowship is accepting applications for its first class now. African storytellers are now confronted with the task of figuring out how to use new media technologies for public participation as Africa enters the 4th industrial revolution. The African Union (AU) Information and Communication Directorate has teamed up with the GIZ AU office to develop the AU Media Fellowship in order to keep Africa in the race with the rest of the world and reap the benefits of digital transformation. Through the Fellowship, under-reported stories can be told in new ways, revealing the Africa We Want rather than the Africa We Have.
Summary of Scholarships
- Level of Study: College School
- Institution(s): African Union
- Study in: Germany
- Program Period: 4 Years
- Deadline: April 30, 2022
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Coverage of Scholarships
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- Trips to other countries for educational purposes
- workshops and webinars with worldwide partners such as the BBC Media Action and the Hass-Plattner Institute, as well as the AU and other international media houses
- Access to the AU’s top officials and policymakers, as well as the opportunity to connect with fellow Fellows.
- Assistance from more experienced mentors and institutions of higher learning
- Fellows were given financial support to write in-depth stories.
- Journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators, and podcasters from anywhere in the world can apply for the AU Media Fellowship.
- Fellows must have been actively working in creative media for at least three years, either as a journalist or in a related profession, with a track record of demonstrated effect.
- Candidates for the AU Media Fellowship must be full-time, professional journalists with at least three years of experience. Professional experience does not include university internships or journalism-related jobs done while still a student.
- Journalists of all stripes are encouraged to apply. All applicants, however, are required to submit a letter of recommendation or endorsement from a senior editor.
- To get the most out of the Fellowship, applicants must be fluent in English, both spoken and written.
- Fellowship applicants certify their willingness to report on African Union events and themes, as well as their availability to be interviewed about the fellowship, as part of their application process.
- Participation in events and workshops is expected of the Fellows throughout the term.
- A Schengen Visa is required for all fellows and must be available for travel to Berlin in June 2022. This includes but is not limited to:
- A passport that is valid until at least December 2022
- COVID-19 vaccinated in full (For further information, visit the German Embassy’s website in your country.)
- We will supply you with all of the paperwork you need to apply for a visa. The visa must be obtained by you.
- We’ll pay for all of your travel expenses.
- In-person training in June 2022
- Fellows gather for a two-week media and advocacy boot camp in Germany.There will be online training and networking events from June through September.
- In collaboration with a mentor, fellows carry out their job from a distance. Fellowship and mentors focus on the Fellows output goals, as well as tangible advocacy and policy objectives for the Fellows and their organizations.
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- After a rigorous training phase, the fellows gather face-to-face or remotely to share their findings from the work period from June to September.
- During the months of October and December of 2022
- Fellows continue to work remotely as they receive assistance with writing, pitching, and publishing, as well as completing media appearances and advocating for their work and broader policy reform.
- Months from now
- AU Fellows gather in Addis Ababa to learn more about the organization and to present their work
- From January 2023 to April 2023
- While waiting for the next cohort to be announced, fellows are given ongoing support from their mentor.
- The Final Event and Certificates of Recognition will take place in April 2023
- The fellowship will come to an end with a celebration in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Senior Fellows and mentors for the next generation of AU Media Fellows are graduates of the program.
Required Documents for the Application
- please adhere to a consistent structure while creating your resume (no picture, religion or marital status).
- Document describing your motivation, qualifications, and work history in a one-page summary.
- Proposal: Sections 2 and 3 should be included:
- Include a 200-word description of the stories you aim to cover and the people you plan to interview in your story submissions.
- Specify how you intend to publish your work (language and target publication).
- In the course of the fellowship, how will you be using social media to connect with the African Union Commission?
- Please provide us two examples of your work. Please email us if your work examples are in other medium (e.g. video) and we will do our best to fulfill these requirements.
How can I apply for Media Fellowship for African Journalists & Content Creators?
In order to submit your work, please send it to [email protected]
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