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ICFJ’s Emerging Media Leaders Program

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Application Deadline: 05/04/2022
About Opportunity

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is seeking applications for Emerging Media Leaders Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by ICFJ.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 40;
  • Are from one of the 21 eligible countries;
  • Are citizens or permanent residents of their home country;
  • Are living and working in their home country at the time of application;
  • Have at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
  • Submit a complete application, with all required documents, by the application deadline;
  • Can begin the Professional Fellows Program in the United States in 2022/2023;
  • Can receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  • Are committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program;
  • Are proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.


  • One week of orientation led by ICFJ. Fellows receive hands-on training on digital tools and techniques and have opportunities to workshop their project proposals with other media innovators in a safe space for collaboration and learning. The orientation takes place in Washington, DC.
  • Four weeks of professional newsroom embedments. The program pairs fellows with U.S. newsrooms, digital communications firms, startup incubators, based on the fellows’ backgrounds, skills, and project proposals. During the newsroom embedments, fellows will have opportunities to meet and learn from different teams in the newsrooms.
  • Professional Fellows Congress – The congress takes place in Washington, DC and is a great opportunity to network, learn and meet Professional Fellows from different industries and parts of the world.

Application Procedure

This Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is an exchange program for media professionals (journalists, technologists, and media entrepreneurs) from the Western Hemisphere to harness the power of digital tools and create viable news businesses that provide news and information in the public interest.

Through the program, media professionals from 21 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere have the opportunity to work directly with U.S. media organizations, develop entrepreneurship projects, and improve their skills in areas such as investigative journalism, fact-checking, and podcasting, as well as non-journalistic skills, such as how to build a sustainable business model.

U.S. media professionals also have the opportunity to do study tours abroad, interact with media outlets throughout the hemisphere, and build lasting relationships with other participants and communities.

Official Website: ICFJ’s Emerging Media Leaders Program

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