Apply to the SAJA Professional Development Fund
Is there a conference you want to attend? Is there a course that you want to take, online or in-person, that could help you improve your journalism skills? SAJA is invested in your success!
We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Professional Development Fund. This year, SAJA will provide 10 journalists with awards up to $500 each for professional development needs. Recipients can use the awards to attend journalism conferences, training programs, acquire new skills and pursue important professional goals.
APPLY HERE. The application requires a short statement and a resume. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. April 5.
The technical details:
Professional development fund grants are open to journalists of South Asian descent and journalists who actively report on South Asia based in the United States. Applicants must be working for news organizations located in the United States or working as full-time America-based correspondents for South Asian media outlets. Freelance journalists, photographers and videographers are also eligible for the grants.
The applications will be evaluated based on genuine financial need and the relevance and importance of the activity the grant recipient will pursue to fulfill their professional needs.
We encourage those awarded to become SAJA members, if they aren't already. All recipients of the professional development fund grants must also agree to provide an update on their journalistic achievements one year after the award is given. SAJA reserves the right to post excerpts from these statements on the SAJA website and social media platforms to share with the public the impact of the program.
Here are some of our past awardees:
Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who also hosts a weekly podcast and appears as a regular radio and TV commentator. Her work has run in more than a hundred publications, including the The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She has won several national awards recognizing her column and feature writing. Her work focuses on families and social change. Twitter: @AishaS
Fatima Bhojani reports on foreign policy and counter-terrorism. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs. She tweets at @bhojanif.
Pavni Mittal is an award-winning broadcast journalist from India. She spent nearly four years at CNBC-TV18 in Mumbai where she interviewed some of the biggest newsmakers of our times and became the first and only Indian journalist to have hosted an international session at the Cannes Lions. After graduating from Columbia Journalism School with an M.A. in Politics & Global Affairs, she joined Al Jazeera English's New York bureau where she was a producer on the first Un Secretary-General debate and Trump's victory on election night. A Brooklynite, she loves cooking, taking long walks, and rooftop views.Twitter: @pavnimittal
Binoy Prabhakar is a fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism in New York and a senior editor at The Economic Times, India's biggest business daily. He was previously the deputy editor of ET Magazine, the paper's weekly Sunday product. Binoy has been a journalist for the past 17 years, the last 11 of which he has spent with The Economic Times. He has worked with India's leading newspapers such as The Hindustan Times, The Times of India and The Indian Express.Twitter: @binawy.
The SAJA Scholarships are made possible through generous contributions from the Krishna Kumar Gaur Scholarship Fund, the Arun I & Asmita Bhatia Foundation, and numerous individual and institutional donations. To donate to SAJA and help future scholarship classes, please click here.
SAJA has awarded $40,000 in scholarships to help graduate, undergraduate and high school students pursue their education and future careers in journalism.
The SAJA Scholarships are made possible through generous contributions from the Krishna Kumar Gaur Scholarship Fund, the Arun I & Asmita Bhatia Foundation, and numerous individual and institutional donations. To donate to SAJA and help future scholarship classes: