PAUPDFY21006 – Reacquainted with the United States: Palestinian Journalists


The Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) announces an open competition for a grant through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Meet the United States Palestinian Journalists Program is designed to partner with a non-profit organization or educational institution with experience managing exchange programs and programs for media professionals to implement activities which advance the applicant’s goals and the PAU-PD mission: to advance a comprehensive, lasting, negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the development of a prosperous, stable, and transparent Palestinian society, economy and system of governance through substantive engagement with American people, institutions, ideas and ideals in order to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.  Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) announces an open competition for a grant through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Program Objectives:

All proposed projects must aim to advance the PAU-PD mission goals stated above, contain a substantive American element, and achieve all of the following specific objectives:

Identify and recruit, in consultation with the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU), five to six Palestinian field and senior journalists working with local, regional, and international media outlets in West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem for participation in a week-long exchange program in the United States and possibly some pre- and post- program activities that achieves the following:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of program participants of the U.S. policy formation process and related institutions, especially regarding the Middle East and empower participating Palestinian journalists to hone their professional skills and standards.
  • Improve understanding among participating Palestinians of the details and subtleties of U.S. policy and the history, culture and value system from which it develops.
  • Reestablish relationships between Palestinian journalists and American peers and government interlocutors to improve their access to information about the United States and U.S. policies.
  • Empower participants to interact with American peers, to discuss how U.S. reporters and media outlets handle ethical, legal, and editorial considerations that impact or limit their work.
  • Improve the level of detail, reliable sourcing, and accuracy in reporting by participating journalists about the United States and U.S. policies.

Proposals that support pre- and post- program engagement with participants will be considered favorably.

Coronavirus travel limitations may necessitate a delay in implementing this program.

Eligible Applicants:  

The following types of applicants with experience managing exchange programs and programs for media professionals are eligible to apply:

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations (both U.S. and non-U.S.)
  • Public and private educational institutions (both U.S. and non-U.S.)

Deadlines for Applications – Submission Dates and Times: 

Applications are due no later than 12:00 pm EST (19:00 Jerusalem time) on 14-May-2021. Selection Committee results should be made and applicants informed of the results within 30 days of the submittal deadline. Those applicants whose proposals were selected for funding by the committee may be asked for revisions to their initial proposal before funding amounts can be finalized and an award can be signed.

Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should review the following documents and forms: