The UNHCR Mentorship Programme 2020 (For Aspiring Journalists)

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to offer a mentorship programme for aspiring journalists. Refugees, internally displaced people or stateless people currently studying journalism, communications or a related field are welcome to apply.

The UNHCR Mentorship Programme

The goal of the UNHCR Mentorship Programme is to help refugees tell their stories – or any story that is important to them – to the world. Selected candidates will receive training and mentorship related to journalism, reporting and writing skills such as interviewing, pitching stories, and constructing a narrative.

Limited funds to cover certain expenses (including but not limited to any travel-related costs, telephone or internet costs incurred during reporting and costs related to accessing training sessions) will also be provided.

The programme will bring together internal staff, external media partners and academics to help provide networking and training/educational opportunities during the course of the programme. The length of the programme is six months although certain flexibility will be granted depending on the circumstances.


A UNHCR Mentorship Programme successful candidate must;

  • Be a refugee, internally displaced, or stateless person
  • Currently, be enrolled in a tertiary education institution degree programme
  • Have published at least one piece of non-fiction writing
  • Be able to write/produce projects in English (we aim to include additional languages in future years)
  • Be enthusiastic about sharing stories that shed light on important issues in the world today

How to Apply

Interested applicants for the UNHCR Mentorship Programme are encouraged to follow the link below to apply;

Click here to Apply

If you are unable to submit your application using this online form, we encourage you to email your responses and share any relevant attachments directly with

Deadline: 27th November 2020


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