AFPF Fellowships

The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships  (AFPF), an American non-profit, non-governmental organization, is a  cultural and professional exchange program for journalists. Through  AFPF, journalists and their readers gain a broader view of the world and  journalism thereby creating mutual understanding and peaceful relations  between Americans and people of other nations. Fellows return home with  new journalistic skills and knowledge, and a desire to advance a free,  responsible press in their own countries–without which democracy does not exist.

Since 1984, the core program has provided  developing world journalists the opportunity to work as reporters at  American newspapers for five months. The program, which runs from  mid-March to early September, is offered annually to print and online  journalists between the ages of 25 and 35.

While in the U.S., Fellows spend the  majority of their time reporting for their American host newspapers but  are also encouraged to attend conferences and workshops, read journalism  books, and make short-term professional visits to organizations that  are relevant to their work at home. Special AFPF seminars are organized  for the Fellows at the beginning, middle and end of the program.

Upon  returning home, Fellows organize and lead seminars based on the knowledge and skills gained through their AFPF experiences.

In the last five years we have refined the program for  increased journalistic and cross-cultural impact by expanding the  enrichment activities we offer to our international Fellows, creating  partnerships, hosting forums, sending American journalists overseas to conduct training and requiring the Fellows to conduct journalism  seminars upon returning home.


  • To provide the Fellow with experience in  reporting, writing and editing that will enhance future professional  performance;
  • To enable the Fellow to  gain a practical understanding of the function and significance of the  free press in American society;
  • To transfer knowledge  gained on the program to colleagues at home;
  • To foster continuing ties between  free press institutions and journalists in the United States and their  counterparts in other countries.


  • *Current full-time employment as a  journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent  newspaperswire services, online publications, or magazines of general  public interest in a developing country or an emerging market;
  • At least three years of  full-time professional experience as a journalist in the print/online  media;
  • Citizenship of a  developing country or an emerging market;
  • Early to mid-career  status and between 25 and 35 years old;
  • A demonstrated personal  commitment to a career in journalism in a developing country or an  emerging market;
  • Ability and desire to  share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home;
  • Endorsement from the  management of the home publication;
  • An excellent command of  both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in  English.

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