South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP)

South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP)

Hosted by the University of Westminster

The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP) is aimed at mid-career journalists from South Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.

The fellowship is hosted by the University of Westminster.

This fellowship is funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.


Course/programme structure

Fellows will undertake a bespoke 8-week fellowship titled ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the Media, Politics and Society’.  The programme explores the different ways in which the media play a part in holding democratic processes to account, including government, the civil service and security, as well as the broader political system in both the South Asia region and the UK.

During this programme, fellows will explore the range of approaches taken by the UK and the South Asia region, and then use that knowledge to direct discussions that tackle the big issues challenging the field. Fellows will be challenged to discuss evidence-based context for key policy debates, understand international positions (including appreciation of UK approaches), supply practical experience, and encourage dialogue on key issues.

The curriculum focuses on the ways in which the media are held responsible, and the wider context within which political institutions operate. The ethics of reporting are at the heart of all debates.

Fellows will participate in eight intensive weeks of lectures, visits, and discussions that introduce them to key UK academics, media, and political figures in the field. They will also spend time meeting their peers in some of the UK’s top media organisations, as well as running a symposium on a topic of their choice in the final week.

This fellowship programme will commence in March 2020.

Applications are open

If you are eligible and believe you would be a strong candidate for a place on this programme, we encourage you to apply now.

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Benefits

Each fellowship includes:

  • Full programme fees
  • Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship
  • Return economy airfare from your country of residence to the UK

Eligibility 

To be eligible for a Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or the Maldives
  • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application
  • Have at least seven years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-career journalist working in the political or economic sectors in one of the above-mentioned countries and good working knowledge of English (which may be assessed by a qualified English language assessor)
  • Not hold British or dual-British citizenship
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations of the fellowship

Application timeline

For key steps and dates during the application process, please follow the placement timeline

Placement timeline

The SAJP Fellowship is structured in a way that exposes you to different points of views to learn, research, absorb, think, and widen your own outlook and worldview. The free flow nature of the programme provides a conducive atmosphere for varied perspectives from the participants to come to the forefront and the participants themselves are a diverse mix. It is an enriching experience to collaborate with them on projects, spend time together, share lighter moments, and really learn from each other’s experiences. At an individual level, the fellowship also provides enough scope to explore ideas you are either passionate about, or discover topics that you want to learn about and normally don’t get the time to research or develop.

Sonia Bhaskar
Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme (SAJP) Fellow

 

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