Reporting Fellowship for North America-Based Journalists Spotlights UN Sustainable Development Goals

Journalists working in North America are invited to apply for a reporting fellowship in New York focusing on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The goals aim to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.”

The ICFJ-United Nations Foundation Reporting Fellowship will give 10 journalists access to global experts and policymakers who focus on topics ranging from poverty and health to education and the environment. In advance of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly session, the fellows will participate in briefings and roundtable discussions with experts. Through hands-on sessions, they will learn about new data and storytelling strategies to help them cover these critically important issues. During and after the Sept. 18-20 fellowship, the journalists will produce one to two in-depth, contextual stories related to the sustainable development goals.

This fellowship opportunity was open to journalists (from any country) working in North America. ICFJ will cover all transportation costs, hotel and meal expenses for the fellows.

Fellowship criteria:

  • Applicants must live and work in the United States or Canada

  • Full-time journalists and/or freelancers working for domestic or international news outlets are eligible (print, online, and/or broadcast)

  • Applicants must be fluent in English

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Letter of support from an employer or media outlet confirming commitment to publish at least one to two fellowship-related stories

  • Letter of commitment from the applicant to participate in the fellowship program in New York, Sept. 18-20, 2016

  • Essay outlining the reason for applying for the fellowship and hoped-for outcomes

  • Two work samples, preferably related to sustainable development

  • Resume/curriculum vitae

Apply Now! Application Deadline: August 19

For information or questions, contact Lanaea Featherstone,

ICFJ and UN Foundation webinar for English-speaking journalists


  • 08/03/2016