The Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange program is designed to increase and deepen public understanding of the two countries and their important relationship, one that is crucial to regional stability and the global war on terrorism. While there have been many areas of agreement and cooperation through the history of the US-Pakistan relationship, deep mistrust and a lack of understanding remain between American and Pakistani publics, which rarely get opportunities to engage with each other and thus rely on media for their information and viewpoints.
The year 2014 will be important for the US-Pakistan relationship. Pakistan’s first successful democratic transition in 2013 brought a new government to Pakistan and an invigorated interest on both sides for a fresh start. The two countries will be challenged to cope with the significant on-going difficulties of terrorism, economic development and regional stability as the US draws down its military presence in Afghanistan.
Program Dates: March 30-April 19, 2014
Study Tour for Pakistani Journalists: Washington, D.C., New York City and Columbia, Missouri
Study Tour for the U.S. Journalists: Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan
Honolulu Program: The program opens and concludes in Honolulu, Hawaii for briefings and dialogue sessions between Pakistani and American participants.
Who Can Apply: Professional print, broadcast (TV and radio), and online journalists in Pakistan and the United States with a minimum of five years of professional experience. Must be citizens of Pakistan or the United States. Pakistani journalists must have no previous experience in the United States, be currently residing in Pakistan and be able to communicate in English in a professional, discussion-oriented environment. Preference will be given to Urdu and regional language media and effort will be made to balance regional, gender and broadcast, print and on-line representation. The strongest candidates from both countries will be those who cover the US-Pakistan relationship in their work as reporters, editors, columnists, producers, anchors, etc., or who are in a position to be able to do some stories about the country visited and the issues covered in the program.
Funding: Roundtrip airfare for the study tour travel, lodging, visa expenses and per diem to cover meals and incidentals are provided by the East-West Center through a grant from the United States Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section.
Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit our website: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/seminars-and-journalism-fellowships/journalism-fellowships/pakistan-us-journalists-exchange 
Program Contact: Ann Hartman, Coordinator, 808-944-7619,
The East-West Center  promotes better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of the Asia Pacific region through cooperative research, education and professional development programs.