18 November 2019

IAPA Opens Application Period for 2020 Scholarship Program for Americas Journalists

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Stipends of up to US$20,000 each are accompanied by round-trip transportation reimbursement from scholarship winners' home countries to the university.
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Miami (November 18, 2019) - The Scholarship Committee of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) invites reporters and editors from the region to apply for its scholarships for postgraduate university studies in journalism or related fields.

Stipends of up to US$20,000 each are accompanied by round-trip transportation reimbursement from scholarship winners' home countries to the university.

"Our program is a pillar of support for newsroom talent development," said committee president Gilberto Urdaneta, El Regional del Zulia, Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela. "The scholarships provide opportunities for young journalists to sharpen their abilities to the benefit of their news audiences and the news industry."

Candidates must be between 21 and 35 years old at the date of application, and the universities they apply to must be in North America, South America or the Caribbean including Brazil and the colleges grouped in the Latin American Accrediting Council for Journalism Education (link to CLAEP, which is the Spanish acronym, for its list of colleges).

Applications and supporting documents will be received by IAPA through Jan. 31, 2020.

For details or to start the application process, clik on www.sipiapa.org and then the "scholarships" tab. Questions may be e-mailed to becas@sipiapa.org .

Winners and scholarship amounts will be determined at IAPA's mid-year assembly to be held March 27-29 in Saltillo, Mexico.

For 2018-2019, IAPA awarded scholarships to Aldana Vales, of Argentina, and Marcelo Ayala, of Peru. Both are studying this year at Columbia University of New York in its prestigious program Study 20: Digital First.

Since 1954, IAPA has awarded scholarships to more than 400 journalists in the Americas.

IAPA is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit news media advocacy group that promotes and defends freedom of expression and of the press in the Americas. It is comprised of more than 1,300 publications from the Western Hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida.

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