Purposes of the IAPA Scholarships Program
The Inter American Press Association was established in 1942 to defend and promote the right of the peoples of the Americas to be freely informed through an independent press, essential for which is a journalism that is responsible, objective and open to all currents, so as thus to contribute to a better understanding among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
In 1954 the IAPA established its Scholarship Fund for young American or Canadian journalists for an academic year’s study in some Latin American or Caribbean country, and for young Latin American and Caribbean journalists to take courses in journalism at some recognized university in the United States or Canada during one academic year.
Applicants must be natives of countries in the Western Hemisphere, journalists or students in the final year of their journalism course, be between 21 and 35 years old, be fluent in the language of the country where they will go to study. Journalism students will have to complete their university studies before the start of the scholarship year.
Applicants from the United States and Canada should have documentation from a recognized authority confirming fluency in Spanish, or Portuguese for those going to Brazil. Latin American applicants will have to undergo a TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Latin American or Caribbean scholarship winners will have to study for an academic year at any recognized journalism school in the United States or Canada. The IAPA does not recommend any in particular.
Those from the United States and Canada will be able to study in any Latin American or Caribbean country with the approval of the Scholarship Fund. They will have to take a minimum of three university courses and present a thesis-reportage on some aspect of the country they are visiting.
The Scholarship Amount
The IAPA Scholarship Fund is supported exclusively by contributions from IAPA member publications and private foundations. The IAPA, zealous of its independence, does not accept donations from governments.
Scholarship winners from the United States and Canada will receive $20,000 for the academic year.
Scholarship winners from Latin America and the Caribbean will receive $20,000 for the academic year plus round-trip airfare, they having to return to their country of origin at the end of the one year of studies.
Payments will be made in regular installments by an authorized officer of the Scholarship Fund. Included in that total ($20,000) are all the items that the scholarship winner may require.
Those scholarship winners that study in the United States will have to declare their annual income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In conformity with that, the IAPA will, or will not, retain the sum established by law.
Applications and their respective documents must be received before January 30s. The documents supporting and certifying the information in the application can also be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to IAPA Scholarship Fund, 1801 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33129.
The applications should include all the information required on the respective form. It is also a requirement to send the documentation. If the information is not provided the application will not be considered.
The winners of the scholarships will be announced in March 2015 following the IAPA Midyear Meeting. All qualified participants will receive official notification from the IAPA of the result of the award of scholarships.
If you meet the mentioned requirements you can obtain the register form on this page, Application Online. Or request it at:
IAPA Scholarship Fund
1801 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33129
The IAPA/SIP scholarships are exclusively for newspaper/online reporters or editors, under 35 years of age, who work in Latin America or the Caribbean, to do postgraduate studies in the United States or Canada. Fluency in English or French is mandatory. The scholarships are monetary. Scholars receive $20,000 and round-trip transportation; they are responsible for additional expenses. The program provides no allowance for spouses or children.
These are the steps that you would take to apply:
I. Learn more about our program at
II. Fill out the application form and send us ALL supporting documents by regular or e-mail by January 15, 2016.
- The application package should include:
- Scholarship application form.
- Autobiography, around 200 words.
- An essay in your native language about your study plans, 200 words or so.
- Three letters of recommendation, which can be in any language. Ask the people who recommend you to give you the letters in sealed envelopes, and as such you should include them in the application package. If they prefer to e-mail the letters, they can do so to email@example.com.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Three clippings/printouts of your best published articles.
- Copy of your TOEFL score. If you haven't taken the test, do so as soon as possible. Find information at www.toefl.org. In the absence of a TOEFL score, you must send along any other internationally recognized test score or the application's Certificate of Proficiency in English, which should be filled out by an English-language teacher. If English is your native language, ignore this requirement.
- Copy of your university transcripts and diploma. There is no need to translate or notarize them. High school grades are not necessary.
III. Start the process of applying at an American or Canadian university of your choice. Your chances of winning a scholarship will be greater if you already have been accepted or if you are currently in the admissions process.
INTER AMERICAN PRESS ASSOCIATION
Jules Dubois Building, 1801 SW Third Ave., Miami, FL 33129, USA
(305) 634-2465; firstname.lastname@example.org
City, state, ZIP Code:
City and country of birth:
Country of current citizenship:
Date of birth:
Emergency contact in home country: (name, address, telephone, e-mail, relationship):
Emergency contact in country of study: (name, address, telephone, e-mail, relationship):
List schools attended, starting with the most recent:
Name of school and location Degree/Major Dates
Honors, scholarships or fellowships awarded to you:
Additional schooling or activities relevant to your professional training:
List employment positions held, starting with the most recent:
Employer’s name and address Your Position Dates
List special interests and hobbies:
List student or professional organizations in which you hold or have held membership:
List countries, other than your own, that you have visited or in which you have lived, including purpose and dates:
For Latin American applicants:
Your TOEFL score:
(or score of another English-language proficiency test):
Or, when will you take the TOEFL?:
- In what university do you plan to study? (We do not guarantee that you will be assigned to the country or university of your choice.)
- What are your plans after completing your year of study?
- Describe in detail (about 200 words) your purpose in applying for this scholarship and your plans for study if awarded a scholarship. What do you hope to get out of your year of study? What types of courses do you wish to take? And (for U.S. and Canadian applicants only), what research project do you plan to undertake?
Write an autobiography (about 200 words) describing your experiences to date and indicating your plans for the future. This should be not a mere listing of facts but a carefully written essay. It should be written in the language of the country in which you hope to study.
Send transcripts of your university studies.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Have three letters of recommendation (in the preferred language of the letter writer) sent to IAPA Scholarship Fund, Jules Dubois Building, 1801 SW Third Ave., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33129, USA, or to email@example.com
I certify that the information given in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I agree to comply with the necessary regulations and to return to my home country upon completion of my studies under this scholarship.
Signature of applicant and date.
Certificate of Language Proficiency
To be filled in by a professor of the language you will use in your study. Ratings should be made on the basis of the applicant’s ability to profit by instruction in this language given in an institution of higher learning.
This should be sent to IAPA Scholarship Fund, Jules Dubois Building, 1801 SW Third Ave., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33129, USA, or to firstname.lastname@example.org
CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN (check one)
( ) English ( ) French ( ) Portuguese ( ) Spanish
This is to certify that________________________________________________________
has taken an examination of her/his knowledge of ___________________
conducted by me, with the following results:
Ability to understand the spoken language:
Excellent_____ Good_____ Fair_____ Poor_____
Ability to speak the language:
Excellent_____ Good_____ Fair_____ Poor_____
Ability to write the language:
Excellent_____ Good_____ Fair_____ Poor_____
Ability to comprehend the printed page in this language and to translate (name of book used):
Position or Title:
Signature and date: