Fully-funded Trip to the UK for Sub-Saharan Africans in the Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF) 2021/2022

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Sign up for the Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF) for a chance to undertake a 8-week fellowship program in media freedom. 

Fellows selected for the Freedom Fellowship will be hosted by the University of Westminster, and the costs of the program and their travel will be covered by the program.

Application Deadline: November 3, 2020. 

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Benefits

For each fellow selected for the program, the fellowship will cover:

  • The total program fees. 
  • The Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship. 
  • Return economy airfare from the fellow’s country of residence to the UK. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF), you must:

  • Be a citizen of any of the following eligible countries:
    • Ethiopia
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Gambia
    • Malawi
    • Rwanda
    • Sierra Leone
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Uganda
    • Zimbabwe.
  • Be willing to return to your home country on completion of the fellowship
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application
  • Have at least seven years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-senior level African professional with demonstrable leadership skills in areas of media policy and regulatory frameworks, or media professionals (such as journalists) 
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Not hold British or dual-British citizenship
  • Be willing to adhere to all relevant conditions and expectations of the fellowship

Requirements/Specifications 

  • Only fellows from the aforementioned Sub-Sahara African countries will be selected.
  • Participants will be required to participate in individual and group coursework projects, take an active role in their professional and career development, and engage actively throughout the program and as part of the network.

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Application Instructions

Before applying, visit the specific program pages for full Eligibility details for the Chevening Fellowships. 

Individuals who satisfy all eligibility criteria should follow the following procedures to apply:

  • Learn more about the fellowship through FAQS
  • Read the application Guidance for tips on preparing your Chevening application. 
  • Review the terms and conditions of the award before submitting your application.
  • Click here to apply.
  • Fellows invited for interviews after the selection process can read the interview guidance here to prepare for their interviews.

About the Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF) 2021/2022

The Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF) caters to mid-senior level African professionals with demonstrable leadership skills in their fields. 

The fellowship was created amidst rising concern globally on the rise of misinformation and its associated dangers.

With decline in media freedom in many regions, as regulatory authorities halt freedom of expression in the media hence violation of public trust, this fellowship aims to advance a vigorous exchange of ideas, sharing of experience and constructive learning to help answer the questions of what are the proper boundaries of standards, trust and freedom.

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the program will combine professional development of the values of good journalism with an understanding of new opportunities to make reporting more effective and to use new ways to enhance its reach and impact.

The curriculum focuses on the ways in which the media are held responsible, and the wider context within which political institutions operate. The ethics of reporting are at the heart of all debates.

This fellowship is hosted by the University of Westminster.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Applications for the Chevening Fellowships will close at 12:00 GMT (Midday) by the deadline 3rd November, 2020. 

The selection process will last for at least eight months from the application deadline to when applicants will be granted the award. 

By 4th November 2020:  Applications will be filtered against eligibility suitability.

From Mid-November to December 2020: Reading committee assessments will commence. 

From Early To Mid-February 2021: Applicants Shortlisted For Interviews will be contacted. 

By 12:00 GMT (midday) 22nd February 2021: Shortlisted fellows must submit two References and Education Document by this deadline.

From 1st March to 30th April 2021: Interviews will be conducted. 

By Early June 2021: Results will be announced. 

By the deadline of 17:00 BST, 15th July 2021: Candidates offered the award must have received and submmited at least one unconditional UK university offer.

By September/October 2021: This fellowship program/studies will commence in the UK.

Independent reading committees will review and evaluate all eligible applications. 

Afterwards, the scores and rankings will passed back to the British embassy/high commission.

After the embassy/high commission reviews the applications, a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed will be produced. 

Shortlisted Candidates will be notified and then interviewed by panels at British embassies and high commissions.

Fellows will participate in a 8-week fellowship program themed ‘New Media for a New Africa: Freedom of Speech, Economic Prosperity and Good Governance’.

They will undertake six weeks of intensive lectures, visits, and discussions that introduce them to important UK academics, media, and political figures in the field, followed by two weeks of fieldwork research and professional practice. 

This will end in an interactive day of news events focused on Africa and the UK.

This program will bring together 12 leading media and information practitioners and regulators from 11 countries. 

The course is designed to promote vigorous exchange of ideas and experience, and constructive learning, between participants and course leaders, with both seminars and speaker talks, off-site visits and fieldwork. Fellows will be challenged to discuss evidence-based context for key policy debates, understand international positions (including appreciation of UK approaches), supply practical experience, and encourage dialogue on key issues.

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