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Call for Applications: 2024 Mahsa Zhina Amini Fellowship

Applications for the Mahsa Zhina Amini Fellowship are now open.

Fellowship term: January 5, 2024 – March 31, 2024
Application deadline: October 31, 2023
Selection results announced by: November 30, 2023

Radio Farda, RFE/RL’s Persian-language service, is launching the Mahsa Zhina Amini Fellowship to honor the 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman whose death in September 2022 in the custody of the Islamic Republic's “morality police” sparked mass protests nationwide.

The Mahsa Zhina Amini Fellowship aims to support women in the pursuit of their rights and freedom of expression. The Fellowship will be awarded to three young Iranian women with a proven record of advocating for free expression, empowerment, and the equality of women in society through journalism, arts, literature, and poetry.


The Fellowship is a three-month remote program. Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month. They will work closely with Radio Farda editors to develop content on women’s rights in Iran.


Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Fellows will be selected by a panel of Radio Farda journalists.

Eligible applicants should:

  • Be women between the ages of 18 and 25 living outside of Iran
  • Share RFE/RL’s mission
  • Be fluent Persian language speakers
  • Have a working knowledge of English

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two work samples

Details of each part of the application can be found below.

Application materials must be in English. Work samples may be in Persian.

Please submit application materials in the form of attachments through this online application portal.

Curriculum Vitae

Please attach your updated curriculum vitae. This shall include your name, e-mail address, social media profile, phone number, present address, and permanent address; a detailed work history; and educational background. Please also list any noteworthy distinctions or awards, and current or recent memberships in professional, political, or other groups. Please also state if you have received any type of certification (and at what level) of English language proficiency.

Personal statement

Please include your reasons for applying for the Fellowship, journalistic interests, values, or experiences that would qualify you for the program, and your professional goals following completion of the Fellowship.

Work samples

Please attach 2 work samples in your working language, on any platform, demonstrating your best professional work. Samples must have been published within the 12 months before the application deadline. All samples must include a date.


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About Radio Farda

In one of the world’s most repressive media environments, Radio Farda breaks through government censorship, providing trusted news. Based in Prague, Radio Farda is a multi-platform alternative to state media, relying on user-generated content and extensive networks. Since the start of the anti-regime demonstrations, it has documented the truth about the regime’s victims -- including their identities; and those sentenced to death. Radio Farda also published exclusive interviews with family members of young victims – Mahsa Amini, Nika Shakarami, Hadis Najafi. The Service refuted state disinformation about the cause of death of protesters, and uncovered intimidation campaigns.