The UAE Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

“Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey.”
Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States

Over two decades, The Carter Center has awarded one-year fellowships to 181 journalists to connect them with resources and experts to increase the quality and accuracy of mental health reporting around the world. The UAE is proudly the first country in the Middle East to offer the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program through Al Jalila Foundation.

Al Jalila Foundation in partnership with The Carter Center select journalists annually to receive the mental health journalism fellowship with the aim to bring awareness, reduce stigma and end discrimination against those with mental illness within the UAE. With little awareness and support for mental health within the region, this fellowship encourages the publication of quality discussion around mental illness encouraging awareness and acceptance to a stigmatized hidden condition.

Fellowship Goals

* Increasing accurate reporting on mental health issues and decreasing incorrect, stereotypical information;
* Helping journalists produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of mental health issues through exposure to well-established resources in the field.
* Developing a cadre of better-informed print and electronic journalists who will more accurately report information through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, and online and social media, and influencing their peers to do the same.

What the Fellowships Offer

* Professional development: Opportunities to train in behavioural health reporting and access to expert advisers
* Community: A network of 180+ former fellows
* Stipend: $10,000 of unrestricted funds
* Flexibility: Non-resident fellowship, manage your own timeline
* Unique projects: Select your own topic of interest and form of media

Criteria & Application Requirements

Eligible applicants for a fellowship must:
1. Be a National of the United Arab Emirates.
2. Be fluent in Arabic and have good working knowledge of English.
3. Have at least three years of professional experience in journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, and filmmaking). We welcome freelance and media outlet employed journalists. Please note we do not accept blogging or academic writing as professional journalism experience.
4. Must have an interest in mental health reporting, but no previous experience is required.
5. Submit a complete application with at least two recommendation letters – please see application form for further details.
6. Awarded fellows must attend a mandatory meeting in September at the beginning and end of the fellowship year in Atlanta, USA (flights funded by Al Jalila Foundation):
• First Meeting: 11-13 September 2017
• Last Meeting: September 2018 dates to be announced when available

The application for the 2017 cycle is now closed. The next cycle will open in March 2018.

To download the application form, please click here.

Please send all enquiries and complete application form with the relevant documents to: fellowships@aljalilafoundation.ae

Visit The Carter Center website for more information on the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.

2016-2017 Fellows

Amna Al Haddad

Sports Pioneer, Journalist, and Motivational Speaker
Dubai, UAE

Project: Encourage open discussion about mental illness in the UAE through anonymous support group meetings and a monthly newspaper column.

2017-2018 Fellows

Iman Ben Chaibah

CEO and Editor-in-Chief (Founder)
Sail Publishing and Sail Magazine
Dubai, UAE

Project: A study on mental health issues among UAE youth and to disseminate information on why and how to support people who suffer from mental illnesses.

Nahid Mubarak Khamis Faraj Alawani Alnaqbi

Senior Reporter
Albayan Newspaper
Sharjah, UAE

Project: Explore why the treatment of mental illnesses remains shrouded in fear and misconception in the UAE and how to reduce mental health stigma.