Note to Correspondents

Note No. 236
25 February 2003

 The Memorial Scholarship Fund

of the

United Nations Correspondents Association


Established in 1961 in tribute to the late Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjokld


The Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from journalists for fellowships to cover the 58th General Assembly session which begins in September 2003.

The fellowships offer a unique opportunity for promising young journalists from Asia, Africa and Latin America to see the United Nations at work and to report on its proceedings for news media in their home countries. Over the past 40 years, fellowships have been awarded to over 148 journalists from the developing world. The Fund expects to award three fellowships in 2003.

These awards require the presence of the journalist selected in New York for the duration of the General Assembly Session and should be regarded as an opportunity for employers and journalists to provide their audiences with special assignment news coverage from U.N. Headquarters.

Successful applicants must obtain a leave of absence from their employers. By endorsing the application of a staff journalist for a fellowship, the editor undertakes to meet all telex, telephone or other transmission charges and to publish or broadcast copy filed by the reporter.

Applicants must be full-time, professional journalists between 25 and 35 years old and employed by recognized print and broadcast media organizations. They must have a good working knowledge of English.

The Fund will provide: round-trip airfare to New York; modest hotel accommodations; health insurance for the duration of the fellowship; and a daily allowance to cover food and other basic necessities. It will not be responsible for other expenses of a professional or personal nature.

There are some very basic requirements for applying that the Fund would like to call to your attention: Be sure to fill out all sections of the application and include fax and phone numbers. MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE ENCLOSURES LISTED ON PAGE 3 ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION! The application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED if it does not include samples of your work; a copy of your diploma; letters from references and employer; and a summary statement. Again, we cannot stress strongly enough that all seven items must be completed for the application to be considered.


Enclosed is a copy of the application. Please make additional copies to pass on to any journalist interested in applying.

Copies of the application can also be obtained on the Internet at the following URL:

Send completed application to:

Mr. James Wurst, Secretary
Memorial Scholarship Fund
P. O. Box 20314
New York, New York 10017


(Please note: The address is a U.S. post office box; the staff will NOT sign
for special delivery packages from DHL or FedEx, so please plan accordingly).

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