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  04 February 2008
Fellowship for Middle Eastern Journalists

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford is looking for suitable candidates from the Middle East for the new Mona Megalli Fellowship to be offered within the Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme at Oxford. The Fellowship is tenable for two academic terms  (i.e. 6 months) during the 2008-2009 Academic year.

The Fellowship is open to a practicing mid-career journalist from the  Middle East region interested in researching and publishing material about professional standards and journalistic ethics in the region, how these impact on the practice of journalism there, and also what changes are needed or could be contemplated to improve the practice of journalism in the region.

The Fellowship is in memory of Mona Megalli, a distinguished Egyptian-American Reuters journalist who died in 2007 after a long illness. Having worked for large parts of her career as a journalist in the Middle East, Mona made a bequest to fund activities and initiatives designed to enhance the professional ethics of journalism in the region. This new Fellowship is one of those initiatives.

To be considered, applicants are asked to submit a proposal which gives details of the proposed research topic and the planned output.  

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2008.  There is a minimum requirement of 5 years' professional journalistic experience. In order to take full advantage of the excellent facilities of the Institute and of Oxford University, a good working knowledge of spoken and written English is required. Costs of the Fellowship, including travel costs, will be borne by the Reuters Institute, and Fellows also receive a small stipend to cover housing and living expenses.

Details of the Reuters Foundation Oxford fellowship programme, now in its 25th year, and of the application procedure can be found on the Reuters Institute's website, on

Source: Reuters Foundation