UN LDC5 Journalism Fellowship
Dates: 15 November 16 December | Location: Online
Application deadline: 17 October | Programme: Media Sustainability

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The 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in 2022. It aims to set a new and ambitious development agenda for the world’s most vulnerable countries. It needs to deliver on that aim, given that decisions made here could transform the lives of a billion of the world’s most vulnerable people.

On the road to LDC5, the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) are partnering to facilitate a bespoke journalism fellowship for journalists from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the autumn of 2021.

The programme will equip a cohort of selected journalists throughout the LDCs with better reporting skills, so that people living in these countries are aware of global decisions being made on their behalf, can connect multilateral processes to their own lives and can hold decision makers to account.


  • Take part in an online training programme by region
15 - 26 November 2021 - Group C (conducted in English):

Mozambique, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Yemen

29 November - 10 December 2021 - Group A (conducted in French)

Haiti, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Guinea, Burundi, Djibouti, Senegal, Benin, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo

29 November - 10 December 2021 - Group D (conducted in English)

Afghanistan, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kiribati, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal

30 November - 16 December 2021 - Group B (conducted in English)

Central African Republic, Guiné-Bissau, Liberia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Rwanda, Gambia, São Tomé e Príncipe, Sierra Leone.

  • Be offered the opportunity to travel and participate in the LDC5 conference in Doha, Qatar
  • Take part in a 2-day in-person workshop with TRF trainers at LDC5
  • Receive guidance from Thomson Reuters Foundation trainers for the duration of LDC5
One outstanding fellow will be selected for a fully-funded fellowship in the autumn of 2022 at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

Who Can Apply

The Fellowship is open to applications from journalists with a minimum of five years of experience who are reporting in any of the 46 Least Developed Countries.

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Applications are open from 29 September - 17 October 2021 23:59 EST. Late applications will not be considered.

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