Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowships


Dedicated to bringing promising up-and-coming journalists from the Middle East and South Asia to the world’s most renowned news rooms, giving them the expertise and confidence to spread tolerance and free press in their home countries when they return.

To date, Daniel Pearl Foundation has granted the Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowship to over 30 journalists from 13 countries.



 The Daniel Pearl Foundation and Alfred Friendly Press Partners have partnered since 2003 to provide fellowships to journalists from South Asia and the Middle East to work in U.S. newsrooms and experience the dynamics of a free press environment first hand. Mid-level journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, and Yemen have spent five to six months at major publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Houston Chronicle, North Adams Transcript, and the Berkshire Eagle. followed by a week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where they work closely with Jewish colleagues, often for the first time in their career.

The fellowship program begins in March with a two-week orientation seminar in Washington, DC designed to prepare the fellows, personally and professionally, for the challenges of living and working in the United States. At the middle of the program, fellows and staff come together for a week to attend seminars focused on writing, editing, multimedia and investigative reporting. A final seminar in Washington, DC reunites the fellows and allows them to compare and evaluate their experiences and discuss their impressions of the American media. The fellowship culminates with a public panel where fellows discuss their experiences in the U.S., perceptions of America from abroad, and the influence their fellowships have had on their journalistic ideals and practices. Fellows return to their home countries in late August to share their perspective, knowledge and skills with colleagues, editors and publishers in their home newsrooms.

Program Objectives

  • To provide the fellow with experience in reporting, writing, editing, and editorial decision-making that will enhance future professional performance;

  • To expose the fellow to the technological changes that are occurring in the industry;

  • 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.