The East-West Center is Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar

Are You a Senior Media Professional Interested in Exploring the Relationship between Religion and Politics and the Role of Religion in the Public Sphere Across Democratic Nations?

Bangladeshi Journalists with at least 10 years of experience are invited to apply for a three-week program with other senior journalists from around the world.  The program will include stops in Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; Sri Lanka; and, Malaysia.

Application deadline extended:  Thursday, March 19, 2020.


DHAKA, March 5, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka is pleased to invite senior media professionals to apply for the East-West Center organized 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar.  The Seminar will bring together 10-12 journalists from around the world for an immersive three-week dialogue, study, and travel program.  The program will include stops in Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The stop in North Carolina will coincide with the 2020 Republican National Convention, providing journalists with a unique opportunity to observe up close the U.S. presidential elections and meet American voters of all political persuasions.

The Seminar will begin in Washington, DC with an overview of the U.S.  political system, including the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, which governs the freedoms of religion, speech, press, and assembly; federalism and the separation of powers; and congressional influencers on foreign policymaking.  The Washington, DC portion of the study tour will also feature participant presentations summarizing the role religion plays in their home countries.

During the U.S. portion of the tour, journalists will consider the geopolitical and cultural engagement of the United States with Muslim majority countries and regions.  Travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will contextualize and compare the role of religion in the public sphere across democratic nations; provide first-hand exposure to and more nuanced understanding of the diversity of multi-religious societies; and build the professional networks of participating journalists.  Throughout the entirety of the program, participants will explore the media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with religious elements and its shaping of public perception.

To apply for the program, visit:

Application deadline:  Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Who Can Apply:

Media professionals with at least 10 years of experience from print, broadcast, online, and multi-media news organizations, including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photojournalists with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply.  Journalists should be focused on relevant themes including foreign and diplomatic relations, security, military affairs, domestic politics and government, religion, human rights issues, culture, and the arts.  Fluency in English is required.  For more details about program eligibility, visit: