The Bernard van Leer Foundation has announced the inaugural Oscar van Leer Fellowships for journalists in selected developing countries where the foundation works. The fellowship consists of a four-week, expenses-paid training course in the Netherlands covering journalism and children’s issues. The aim is to contribute to a gradual improvement in the quality and quantity of media coverage of early childhood issues by training up-and-coming journalists. The fellowships are open to journalists in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the Caribbean, and the Indian region of Orissa. Applicants can work in any form of media, including print, radio, television or web. The closing date is 18 August 2009.