Applications Open for Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships in the UAE

ATLANTA (April 29, 2021) — As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates, The Carter Center announced Thursday that applications are open for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.

The fellowships are a yearlong, nonresidential program to providing training, support, and mentorship for two UAE-based journalists. Interested applicants have until May 27 to apply. The fellowships begin in September 2021.

The fellowship program seeks to develop a diverse cohort of reporters, editors, producers, and writers who can increase the amount and quality of mental health reporting.

Since 1996, the Carter Center has awarded one-year fellowships to more than 220 journalists. Today, they are granted in the US, Latin America, and the Middle East, including the UAE, where two fellows are appointed each year.

The National newspaper administers and oversees the UAE program, which offers a grant, training and mentorship for 12 months to support the reporting work of successful candidates. The local advisory board will consider all applications and will interview a shortlist of candidates via videoconference or in person in Abu Dhabi in July.

Selected 2021-22 fellows will discuss their approved reporting projects with a community of journalists and mental health experts at a virtual or in-person meeting convened by The Carter Center in Atlanta in September 2021. Fellows will be assisted by a local advisory board in the UAE and by experts in the U.S. throughout the year. They will also participate in the September 2022 Atlanta forum to talk about their experiences and work and receive further training and advice from mental health experts.

The program is named after Rosalynn Carter, co-founder of The Carter Center, who has been an influential voice and mental health advocate for 50 years. See more on Mrs. Carter’s pioneering work and a timeline of her achievements here.

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