Applications for the Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship Now open

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The fellowship is an eight-week residential course to be delivered by the University of Westminster, in London, from 18 May to 10 July 2020, and is designed for those involved in setting and pushing the boundaries of trust, standards and freedom in the media in 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa including: senior journalists at public service and independent media; senior staff at media regulators; statistics agencies responsible for releasing information; and media NGOs.

This new fellowship offers a unique opportunity to create international networks as fellows work together to explore the mechanisms through which public trust in the media can be restored, and the boundaries of media freedom.
The fellowship will be delivered by the University of Westminster’s Dr Winston Mano, a leading academic expert on communication in Africa and director of the University’s Africa Media Centre, and Peter Cunliffe-Jones, who founded Africa Check – the continent’s leading independent fact-checking organisation.

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Chevening Fellowships are offered to mid-career professionals who have reached a position of influence and want to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions.

Chevening Fellowships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership experience who also have strong academic backgrounds. Since Chevening was created in 1983, over 50,000 outstanding professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through its scholarship and fellowship programmes.
British High Commissioner to Uganda Peter West, said:

‘We are looking for ambitious, professional and innovative leaders from 11 countries- Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe- who will embrace the opportunity both to study and immerse themselves in life in the UK.

Our alumni network encompasses leaders and potential leaders who have shared the same experience that you will. They can offer encouragement, mentorship, advice and contacts. When you return home after your studies, you should feel well-equipped to start making a real difference professionally and socially.
So if you have the qualities to be a Chevening Fellow please do apply before the 9 December deadline. ‘

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