Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

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The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships are six-month professional fellowships offered once a year to professional journalists from developing countries and emerging markets. Friendly Fellows work full time at U.S. host news organizations while developing their journalism skills.

Benefits to Fellows

Working and living in another country is a challenge that fellows not only overcome but embrace. The benefits are personal as well as professional.


Friendly Fellows learn to:

  • Improve skills in gathering information, interviewing and writing.
  • Add social perspective to business and political reporting.
  • Write more balanced news articles, more polished feature stories and more in-depth analytical pieces.
  • Improve written and spoken English.
  • Become more vigorous and confident journalists.
  • Gain insight into American culture, business, and politics.


Participation in the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships enhances career development at home—future fellowships, promotions, new jobs, etc.

During the period of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, the fellows meet a wide range of journalists and newsmakers. Press Partners staff, Alfred and Jean Friendly Foundation Board members and the Friendly family are integral to the Friendly Fellowship experience. These personal ties last a lifetime.

Nationality Eligible: developing countries and emerging markets

The institution of Fellowship: U.S. host news organizations

Level of Study: professional journalists

Duration: six month


  • cv/résumé. A curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé that outlines your professional and educational history.
  • essays. Each of the essays should be one to two pages, 400 to 800 words, typed and in English.
    • Professional Statement.  Please describe your journalistic experience, career plans and goals, and how you will work in and outside your home newsroom to share what you learn on the Press Partners program with others.
    • Individual Fellowship Goals. Outline the specific goals you’d like to achieve if awarded an Alfred Friendly Fellowship.
  • letters of reference. Two confidential reference letters are required.
  • Required Reference #1 must be written by the publisher, editor, manager or director of your news organization.
  • Required Reference #2 must be written by your immediate supervisor – or another person for whom you have worked who can attest to your journalistic abilities and professional character.
  • employer’s endorsement. Please have your employer complete and sign the form on page 6 endorsing your participation and granting a six-month leave of absence should you be chosen.
  • articles. Links to four published/broadcast stories that best show your interests and abilities.
  • photograph. One passport-size head-shot photo, taken in the last six months.
  • press credentials. A clear photocopy/scan of your working press credentials, press pass or equivalent.
  • copy of passport. A clear photocopy/scan of your valid passport. Please include pictures, information pages and any U.S. visas you’ve had. (If you hold more than one passport please send copies of each.)
  • copy of driver’s license. (if applicable)
  • english language assessment. Top candidates may be required to demonstrate their English language proficiency prior to receiving a fellowship.

How to apply:

Fill the registration form provided on the website and ensure all necessary documents are attached.

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Application Deadline: 30 August 2018


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