Still have questions? Here are the questions we hear most often. Be sure to email us if you need further clarification or have other questions we haven’t addressed.

No! We welcome candidates from any developing country.

No, but we pay all expenses for the fellowship, and often provide funds for Fellows to participate in media-related activities and conferences.

We hold two major meetings during the fellowship year, where you’ll be expected to travel and take part in intensive media training. These are usually each about 5 days long. In addition, most fellows estimate spending about 5 hours per week working on fellowship-related activities, including meeting with their mentors, taking part in interviews, and writing opinion pieces.

We ask that you find a mentor, supervisor or professor to nominate you, if possible.

No. It’s fine if more than one person nominates you, but this is not a popularity contest. You only need one good nomination.

Unfortunately, these meetings are one of the core components of this Fellowship, and are mandatory.

We love communications people, but this fellowship is really for development experts, not journalists/PR professionals/communications experts. There are many excellent fellowship programs for journalists, and we encourage you to apply for them!

For some examples of what we’re looking for, check out the bios of our previous classes of Fellows. We like people with big ideas, who have a proven track record of implementing them. We also like people with strong personal stories and the ability to think critically about development as it relates to their own experiences. Finally, we’re looking for people who aren’t; shy about sharing their opinions, and have strong potential in writing and public speaking.

No. In fact, we like people who have some experience, and recognize that often this comes with age.