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Funded Fellowship Program for Journalists with The Alternative Academy For Arab Journalism

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The Alternative Academy for Arab Journalism, which is supervised by institutions such as Hiber, Al-Gomhouria, Mada Masser and Sawtt, receives funding from the International Media Support Foundation (IMS), announced receiving applications for a full-year fellowship program (12 months, Starting in September 2019) a program that encourages creativity and critical thinking. 

About The Academy: 

The Academy offers an alternative to training programs that deal with the press in a technical way, and reduce it to applications and production programs, and consider the recipients as numbers and views and button clicks on the screens. The Academy also offers an alternative to traditional education, which deals with the media in a purely academic and theoretical way, which leads to rigid and non-critical practice or make it serve the authority and regulations in general, rather than questioning them. The Academy's project reflects the desire of these institutions to produce enjoyable and at the same time in-depth and critical material. It also reflects its vision and direction in keeping up with and supporting the struggle for democracy, justice, and freedom at the political, societal, cultural and media levels.

The Program: 

Teaching will be a combination of intensive learning sessions (camps) and distance learning, followed by a training period in the offices of project-based institutions. The program includes three camps, requiring travel and accommodation, for a period not exceeding 15 days and not less than 7 days. These camps are separated by distance learning periods that include a series of courses, each of which includes a series of courses: 

  • Course 1: Engagement with the current press heritage, and understanding the history of the region through its media and journalism.
  • Course 2: Engagement with tools, investigation, views, questions, writing, voice search, handling with reports.
  • Course 3: Engagement with topics, field, and issues.

These courses will require the completion of readings and articles, that need to be completed in about 17 hours of work per week.

Finally, the program includes a training period in an organized institution in the final part of the academic year (about four months), during which participants will produce their in-depth topics which will be posted on one of these organizations sites.


The Academy's goal is to attract participants from all Arab countries, but in its first year, the Academy allocated the majority of seats for applicants from Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt for purely logistical reasons. The Academy opens its doors to participants residing in other countries as well, but with a limited number of places reserved for them. 

In addition, the admission requirements include the following: 

  • Curiosity and attention to local and international events, news and public affairs, and their impact on the details of people's lives.
  • The passion for the stories of the places and the lives of their inhabitants and their experiences, and the desire to narrate them in different ways.
  • Participation in the program is not limited to those who have experience in the field of journalism only but require experience in the fields of writing, in different forms or visual and audio expression.
  • The desire to read texts and articles from different fields, such as journalism, literature, culture, history, humanities and social sciences, with varying degrees of structure and theory.
  • Fluent writing and speaking in Arabic.
  • A participant should be at least 23 years old.


There are no participation fees in the Academy. The Academy also covers travel, accommodation and daily expenses in camps.

Note: A nominal amount can be allocated to the recipients as a full-time allowance for the Academy. Those who wish to receive this allowance must fill out this form. Application for the monthly allowance will in no way affect the chances of admission to the Academy.  

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Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Media and Journalism, Writing

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Accommodation, Participation fees, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Media and Journalism
Educational Level
Required Languages
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Alternative Academy for Arab Journalism

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