US Foreign Correspondents Association Calls for Applications for Scholarships from Foreign Journalists

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Thanos Dimadis
Executive Director, (AFPC-USA

The Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States (AFPC-USA) is calling for applications from foreign journalists currently pursuing master’s level programme of any US-based University in any media or communications field.

AFPC-USA helps foreign journalists to advance their career prospects and enhance their skills in areas that are fundamental for their work as international journalists in a rapidly changing global media environment by providing annual scholarships to motivate and financially assist them.

The purpose of the annual scholarships is help foreign journalists who are currently in a master’s level programme of any US-based University and, through education, advance their career prospects and enhance their skills in areas that are fundamental for their work as international journalists in a rapidly changing global media environment.

Master’s level studies that AFPC-USA will consider for support include, but are not limited to, journalism, media relations, communications, film, videography, photography, visual arts, and other fields. Foreign journalists are pursuing Master’s programmes in US-based universities are therefore encouraged to apply for a scholarship even if the area of their Master’s studies is not in journalism.

Recipients of the scholarship awards every year are being selected based on specific criteria required as part of their application.

These criteria are:

  1. The excellence of their professional work as foreign journalists: each applicant is required to submit three samples of her/his professional career work that demonstrate her/his ability to report with accuracy and integrity. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of professional experience as journalists in any print, online, or broadcast media.
  2. The excellence of their academic work: each applicant is required to submit an essay of (1500 words) that addresses diverse topics related to an international and public interest challenge question. Through this essay, each applicant must demonstrate her/his critical thinking.
  3. The excellence of her/his character: each applicant is required to submit three references from professional and/or academic supervisors who affirm her/his professionalism, her/his professional journalistic ethics, and her/his commitment to the field of her/his Master’s level studies.
  4. Proof of eligibility to be under consideration for a scholarship award: each applicant must submit evidence of her/his status in the United States as a foreigner (non-American citizen) and/or of her/his official enrollment in a Master’s level programme of a US-based institution.

Selected applicants/awardees during each year of their scholarship awards remain engaged with the organization and the organization’s officers, dedicated to providing any mentorship or further professional support requested from the awardees regarding advancing their careers. During this period, the student must comply with the ethical values inherent in their profession.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://foreignpresscorrespondents.org/scholarshipsforeignpress.