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New Fellowship in Health Reporting Offered to African Journalists

Health reporters from Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania, Oman, Sudan and Somalia are encouraged to apply for a Nieman Fellowship in Global Health Reporting, which will take place at Harvard University in Boston from August 2006 to May 2007.

During their academic year, Nieman Global Health Fellows will pursue a concentrated course of study at Harvard’s School of Public Health and will participate in weekly activities at the Nieman Foundation. Fellows will receive a US$55,000 stipend for living expenses, international travel and health care. Housing allowance is provided. Spouses, partners and/or children may accompany the fellows.

Following the conclusion of the academic portion of the programme, fellows will undertake four months of field work in a developing country. Fellows will receive a stipend of US$22,000 plus costs related to the travel and field work.

Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English and have at least five years of full-time or freelance professional journalism experience. They should provide evidence of interest in global health reporting and submit a proposal for study concentrating on global health issues, but they do not have to be currently reporting on health.

The fellowship has been established as part of a joint initiative of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Harvard School of Public Health, supported by a three-year, $1.19 million grant to Harvard from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Deadline: 31 January 2006

For further information contact rap21@wan.asso.fr

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