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International University Sports Federation (IUSF) Scholarship+Internship for Young Sports Reporters 2017. Fully-funded to Taiwan

After the inaugural edition of the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme in 2011 at the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China and successful editions during the Universiades in Kazan (RUS/2013) and Gwangju (KOR/2015), the International University Sports Federation (FISU) will host its FISU U-Media programme for the fourth time at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei in 2017.  

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Application Deadline: 15th December 2016.

Successful candidates will be announced towards the end of February 2017.

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): Taipei, Taiwan

About the Award:  For the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei (19 to 30 August, 2017), the International University Sports Federation (FISU)once again will invite 12 aspiring young journalists from the five continents to the Games in Taipei alongside the athletes where they will receive specialized media training.

The International University Sports Federation launched this journalism education programme to provide young (sport) journalists with a unique training experience during FISU’s major multi-sport event, the Summer Universiade. All previous editions of the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme were a genuine success …

The Young Reporters’ Programme aims to include 21 to 25-year-old students or recent graduates in journalism/communications from the five continents of Africa (2), America (4), Asia (2), Oceania (2) and Europe (2) right into the middle of the Games for 14 days, with full access to the competition venues and MPC. They will be joined by their peers from Chinese Taipei.

FISU will nominate 12 (6 male & 6 female) Young Reporters on the basis of performance and promise. They could be last-year university students engaged in journalism/communications studies or young graduates ready to embark on a full-time media or communications career.

Type: Training

Eligibility and Details: 

  • Training will be offered in print, photography, and online and new media reporting of live events throughout the Universiade.
  • The Young Reporters will be required to participate in all training sessions and will be given daily multiple reporting assignments – photographers will be required the produce written content just as written media journalists will be required to make snapshots or produce video/audio content.
  • The programme will be in English.
  • Participants, between the ages of 21 and 25 years, will be university students engaged in journalism or communications studies, or young graduates ready to embark on a fulltime media career.
  • Each successful candidate must sign an agreement setting out the conditions of course participation and the use of editorial material produced as part of the coursework.
  • Essential technology, needed for the course (printers, internet, wifi, etc.), will be provided, but participants will be required to bring their own personal equipment (laptop computers, tablets, voice recorders, smart phones, digital photo and video cameras, etc.) as they seem fit to fulfil their assignments.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Candidates will be between the ages of 21 and 25 undertaking full or part time studies towards a career in communications, journalism or other areas of news media.
  • Recent university graduates working as interns or in similar training roles in established news organizations may also be considered. They will be outstandingly proficient in writing and presenting news reports in English.
  • Candidates will be judged on their academic records, the recommendations of teaching staff or managers and should, above all, show real potential to succeed at their chosen media career.
  • Evidence of excellence in coursework or in the media workplace must be established and provided with the nomination. Strong references will be required from their university or an employer (internship). Evidence of published work will be an advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to travel on the required dates and be available to partake, full time, in the complete programme over the duration of the Universiade.
  • Candidates must be willing to sign an agreement form setting out the conditions of their participation in the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme, which will include copyright free usage of their course content.
  • Candidates must have a valid passport for international travel. Upon selection they will receive the necessary documents from the Taipei OC for their visa if needed.
  • The final decision on the suitability of nominated candidates remains with FISU.
  • Fluency in French, Spanish and/or Russian (in addition to English) will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in high performance sport (as a competitor, official, coach, team manager etc.) will also be considered an asset.

Number of Awardees: 12

Value of Scholarship: The International University Sports Federation (FISU) will meet the cost of economy return air tickets to Taipei City from the participant’s home city’s nearest airport. Accommodation and meals as well as transportation between venues will be provided by the Taipei OC.

Duration of Scholarship:  14 days

How to Apply: Individuals interested in applying are asked to submit in English:

– Current and detailed CV with date of birth and photo accompanied by covering letter;

– Current address, E-mail address and Skype address;

– Two letters of reference from academic or professional contacts;

– An A4 page text (300 to 500 words) that could serve as an intro page for a book entitled: ‘Major Sporting Events: Pitfalls for Young Reporters?’

Applications reaching FISU after the deadline or incomplete applications will NOT be taken into consideration.

All applications should be sent to [email protected] in pdf format. An intake interview might be conducted via Skype for the final selection round to assess the English proficiency of the candidates.

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Award Provider: International University Sports Federation (IUSF)

Important Notes:  Applications will be reviewed by the FISU Media and Communication Committee, chaired by Verena Burk, FISU EC Member