ICFJ Knight Fellowships

The International Center for Journalists offers two types of opportunities for an ICFJ Knight Fellowship: Candidates may either propose a Fellowship or apply to a Fellowship opening (listed below). ICFJ accepts applications from candidates proposing their own Fellowship on a rolling basis throughout the year, and will select candidates based on fit for the mission and program criteria, and availability of funding. Periodically, ICFJ also posts openings for specific Fellowships that are developed based on opportunities for impact identified by the program or tailored to requirements of a Fellowship funder.

All interested candidates must complete a Fellowship application, and select whether they are proposing a Fellowship or applying to a Fellowship opening. All applications require a proposal as part of the application.

Successful proposals will target news innovation in one or more of the key areas of innovation listed under Fellowship Criteria below. Proposals should outline Fellowships that include multiple, complementary projects. They should clearly state how each of the projects will help to measurable results for newsrooms, journalists and society. We will not consider proposals that simply offer training to journalists or teach students. We are not likely to consider proposals that need substantial fundraising during the Fellowship to achieve their objectives.

Before submitting an application, all candidates should read our program overview and criteria below to ensure proper understanding of the program and submission of a strong application.

Applications, CVs and resumes must be in English. Relevant work samples or supporting material for project proposals may be in the applicant’s native language. To become a Fellow, professional proficiency in English is required.

ICFJ will review applications in a timely fashion and contact a selection of candidates for interview(s) based on their fit and strength of their proposal. ICFJ may also contact potential partners regarding the fit and proposal strength. All references will be contacted for those candidates that advance.

ICFJ will offer the Fellowship in writing to the candidate deemed to have the best fit and strongest proposal. In the event that that offer is accepted, ICFJ will work with the accepting candidate to identify an appropriate start date for the Fellowship. All Fellows must sign a contract with ICFJ that details the terms of the Fellowship and agreement with ICFJ. ICFJ will lead an in-person or virtual orientation that explains the program policies and works with the Fellow to design the initial Fellowship plan.

For any questions about the application process, please contact Program Assistant Luisa Pires Luciano, lpiresluciano@icfj.org.

Fellowship Openings

ICFJ is recruiting for the following Fellowships:

Fellowship Criteria

The ICFJ Knight Fellowships are designed to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. Fellows primarily work with newsrooms to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens with the ultimate goal to improve people’s lives. They work in key areas of innovation such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship and business models, technology creation and adoption, diverse voices in news, investigative reporting, digital security and specialized reporting on health, gender and development. Each project should be designed to ensure that the impacts and achievements last beyond the Fellowship. Fellowships are typically a minimum of one year, and may be extended by ICFJ depending on funding and the opportunity for greater impact. Fellowship projects must produce measurable results.

For more information our criteria for Fellowships, see our Overview page.

Fellow Criteria

Fellow candidates may be from any country and must have the experience and skills necessary to lead their Fellowship projects, and be able to act as a thought leader for broader influence on media.

Typical qualifications:

  • Experience working in newsrooms
  • Experience creating digital media content, and audience development and engagement strategy
  • Experience managing digital production and innovation teams, while working to tight deadlines
  • Experience incorporating the use of interactive, immersive and/or data journalism technologies in news media
  • Experience measuring results, such as the impact of content, adoption of technology and audience engagement
  • Ability to clearly communicate program results
  • Success at replicating, adapting and creating technologies to answer local needs
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong project- and time-management skills
  • Experience in the target region
  • Fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in the local language of the target country/region and English
  • Training or coaching experience

ICFJ Knight Fellows also act as “thought leaders,” which means they should be able to effectively share their experiences and lessons learned on the Knight International Media Innovators page on IJNet.org, and speak at top conferences focusing on media and information innovation.

Partner Criteria

A key to our model is that we fund Fellows to collaborate with partners that pool their own resources to achieve our mutual goals. As a result, partnership is essential to the mission of the program. Partners are typically newsrooms, but can also include tech companies, NGOs, universities and others. ICFJ will work with Fellows to establish and ensure the success of partnerships as needed during the Fellowship. Candidates are encouraged to identify and establish partnerships prior to submitting their Fellowship proposals to strengthen their applications.

See our Partner With Us page for more information on partners.

Fellowship Finances and Compensation

During the Fellowship, each Fellow receives an allowance for expenses related to the Fellowship. Expenses are calculated based on a the needs of the Fellowship in the context of local market rates. Depending on the nature of the Fellowship, they can include coverage of reasonable living, travel and professional expenses. Fellows receive an honorarium based on the nature of the services of the Fellow and market rates.

Fellows are expected to work full-time on their Fellowship projects. Exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis. Fellows may not work as journalists during the Fellowship.



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ICFJ organizes new program on women’s and children’s health issues

Professional journalists ages 30 and younger with experience covering health issues and an interest in maternal, newborn and child health are invited to apply for this program.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks candidates for Covering Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: A Program for Young International Journalists. This program is hosted with The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Twenty-five to 30 young journalists will join 1,200 partners dedicated to supporting women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the 2018 Partners’ Forum in New Delhi. Participants will also have the opportunity to tell their own stories about why covering these health topics matter and how the public health community can better work with journalists.

ICFJ will hold an orientation to prepare the journalists to cover the conference and help develop their story ideas.

Journalists from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Malawi, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States are especially encouraged to apply.

The program will cover airfare, lodging and meals.

The deadline is Aug. 21.

For more information on how to apply, click here.



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FIJ launches new collaborations for next round of diversity fellowships

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce partnerships with four of the country’s most innovative journalism nonprofits for a yearlong fellowship program that aims to expand opportunities for diverse journalists in watchdog reporting, with an emphasis on journalists of color.

InsideClimate NewsThe Marshall Project and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting are joining FIJ in this important collaboration to train more investigative journalists and help draw focus to stories that might otherwise go untold.

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting will play a supporting role by providing fellows with additonal training and support.

“It is critically important to support and train a new generation of investigative journalists,” said FIJ Board President Marcia Bullard. “We’re excited to offer diverse journalists the opportunity to work with these stellar journalism organizations.”

FIJ and its partners will select up to four fellows who will work with one of FIJ’s partner outlets to produce deeply reported investigations on climate change and the environment, social justice and the U.S. criminal justice system, and government accountability and the abuse of power.

Fellows will have access to reporting expertise and other resources offered by partner outlets. Each will get guidance from some of the industry’s best editors and investigative journalists.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2018, and fellows will be announced by the end of the year.

This will be the third year that FIJ is offering diversity fellowships. So far, 11 journalists have taken part in the program.

For nearly half a century, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported the work of independent journalists who have lacked the resources needed to pursue their investigations. The late Philip M. Stern founded FIJ in 1969 to invest in the work of determined journalists in the fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed and governmental corruption. FIJ-supported projects have won a wide array of journalistic honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and many more.

“I’ve watched FIJ grow this program over the years and patterned parts of our own fellowship program on theirs,” said Amy Pyle, editor in chief of Reveal/CIR. “I look forward to supporting FIJ in promoting the work and advancement of journalists with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”

Reveal, a product of the country’s oldest nonprofit investigative newsroom, engages and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Reveal publishes its work on its website, public radio program and podcast (produced with PRX), social media platforms and in partnership with media partners nationwide and around the world.

Reveal looks for stories that are unique and deeply investigative that clearly pinpoint who is responsible, with the potential for driving change.

FIJ’s partners are recognized across the industry for the rigor of their journalism, their expertise in their respective reporting areas and for the innovative ways in which they engage with their audiences.

“We’re thrilled that the Fund for Investigative Journalism is making this opportunity available to The Marshall Project,” said Carroll Bogert, president of The Marshall Project. “We look forward to working with our FIJ fellow to produce a stellar piece of investigative journalism that will have real impact on the criminal justice system.”

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom covering criminal justice issues in the United States. Launched four years ago, it has published more than 1,200 stories with over 100 media partners and has won many top journalism awards, including the Pulitzer. The Marshall Project prioritizes stories that require deep digging and have not been covered by other news outlets – including stories about immigration as a parallel criminal justice system.

FIJ is also proud to partner with InsideClimate News, another Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit and nonpartisan news organization. ICN provides essential reporting and analysis on climate change, energy and the environment. It serves as a watchdog on government, industry and advocacy groups.

“We’re delighted to work with the Fund for Investigative Journalism on this important project and to bring an FIJ fellow into our newsroom and community,” said Stacy Feldman, ICN’s executive editor. “We’re covering complex, dramatic and urgent stories of climate change and environmental injustice, and it’s crucial to have reporters from a broad range of perspectives and background to help us tell them.”

Started 11 years ago as a two-person blog, ICN has grown into one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country. ICN is committed to establishing a national reporting network, training the next generation of journalists and strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

The Ida B. Wells Society is dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. The organization, which is spearheaded by veteran journalists, also seeks to educate news organizations and journalists on how the inclusion of diverse voices can raise the caliber, impact and visibility of investigative journalism as a means of promoting transparency and good government. The Society is open to journalists of all races and backgrounds who support the mission of the organization.

For more information, contact FIJ Executive Director Sandy Bergo, sbergo@fij.org. 

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The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, began offering Fellowships to accomplished business journalists in the summer of 2014. Nearly two dozen veteran journalists have since been awarded grants of up to $15,000.

Applications will generally be accepted twice a year — in the summer and late fall. The next deadline will be June 30, 2018. Winter 2019 applications will be due December 15, 2018.

The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative or enterprise journalism. You’ll find more information on the 2014 Fellows and their projects here, on the 2015 Fellows here, and the 2016 Fellows here.

About the Fellowship

The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story or series that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic. We accept applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and we encourage proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package.

Typically, we’ll award grants up to $5,000 a month for one to three months; in exceptional cases, we’ll consider longer grants based upon specific proposals. We’ll look for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.

The McGraw Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship. We work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. We also assist with placing the articles. In some cases, we partner with established print, radio or digital outlets; in others we will publish them as e-books or through the CUNY J-School’s book imprint. The stories also run on the McGraw Center website.


The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism. Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization, may apply.

Applications will generally be accepted twice a year  — in the summer and late fall. However, we will consider time-sensitive projects on a case-by-case basis outside of the deadline periods. If you have a project that you think might qualify, please contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu or 646-758-7781.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form. Think of it as pitch, much like you would submit to an editor at a newspaper, magazine, digital outlet, or radio station: give us enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid. The proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be. The proposal should also note where significant stories on the subject have run elsewhere and how the proposed piece would differ. Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story, and let us know if a media outlet is lined up to run the story.

In addition, applicants should enclose three journalism samples. The samples should be professionally published work that showcases your ability to tackle an in-depth story in the proposed medium. Please also provide us with a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with your work; if that is a problem, please contact us to discuss alternatives.

No budget is required at the time of application, but finalists will be asked to provide an estimated budget at that time.

The McGraw Business Journalism Fellowship

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The Logan Nonfiction Program is accepting candidates for the fall 2018 fellowship

Journalists, documentary filmmakers, photographers and multimedia producers working on longform, deeply reported nonfiction projects are invited to apply for this fellowship.

The Logan Nonfiction Program is accepting candidates for the fall 2018 fellowship, which will run from October to December at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York.

The program seeks to support democracy by advancing independent journalistic inquiry and investigation. Applicants must submit a proposal on socially relevant political, health, environmental, human rights and justice topics.

Professionals who work in languages other than English are encouraged to apply but must have a working knowledge of English.

The fellowship provides lodging, meals, mentorship and community for up to 10 weeks.

The deadline is June 15.


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Independent media organizations, civic groups and associations can apply.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transition.

Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000.

NED is interested in proposals from organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency.

The deadline to submit proposals is June 22.


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National Geographic seeks storytelling projects on human migration

Storytellers, conservationists, educators and researchers can apply for a grant.

National Geographic Society is accepting applications for its Request for Proposals grant with a focus on documenting human migrations.

Projects must document the causes and effects of one or more examples of present-day human migration; document the lives of present-day migrants, their journeys and receiving communities; or develop and test out classroom resources, curricula or public outreach materials that aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience and acceptance of migrant communities.

A typical grant will be less than US$30,000, but applicants may request up to U$70,000.

The deadline is July 10.


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Next Generation Radio accepting applications

College students and recent graduates can apply for this free program.

NPR’s Next Generation Radio is a weeklong digital journalism training project. The next program will take place June 25 to 29 in Philadelphia.

Participants will be selected to build their skills, be paired with a mentor and produce their own multimedia story.

The program will also be offered in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Austin, Texas, and Sacramento, California. Applicants must reside in the metropolitan area where the event will be held, with the exception of the training in Seattle, which is intended for early career professionals.

The deadline for the Philadelphia program is June 11.

Next Generation Radio

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International Women’s Media Foundation organizes trip to South Sudan


As part of its African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, DRC, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda between 2015-2018. By 2019, more than 250 women journalists will have helped reshape media narratives about the African Great Lakes region. Please subscribe to receive email updates and application deadlines.

If you are interested in participating in upcoming reporting trips, please review the application guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs), and sign up for our email updates below.

The first three days of each reporting trip will consist of comprehensive security training and an orientation. Fellows then depart for one week of in-country reporting where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The IWMF pays for fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists currently working full time in the news media, with three (3) or more years of professional experience. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Application Guidelines

  • For each application cycle, applicants must choose one reporting trip to apply for.
  • The application asks for the following: basic personal information, CV, work samples, a statement of interest including detailed story pitches, a plan for publication, and a letter of support from an editor or a proven track record of publication.
  • All applications materials must be submitted in English.
  • See a complete sample application here.


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The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund is now accepting submissions for its 2018 awards in international journalism.

Since its inception in 2002, the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund has sought to support those journalists Kurt most admired, the freelancers and local reporters whose work is often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger.

Today, the three annual awards, for freelance and local journalism and, since 2017, for newsfixers, are recognized worldwide as a mark of excellence and have an established track record for brave reporting on conflict, corruption and injustice.

The 17th annual call for awards is therefore now split into three categories:

  • Local Reporter award that recognizes the often over-looked work of journalists in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland.
  • Freelance award for those journalists who travel to the world’s conflict zones, usually at great personal risk, to witness and report the impact and consequences of events.
  • News Fixer award rewarding local journalists and/or experts, hired by a visiting foreign reporter or news organization, whose guidance and local knowledge materially benefited the content, impact and reach of the stories submitted.

Each award is for $5,000 and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London in late October or November 2017. Since 2009, the awards ceremony has been hosted at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s main offices in Canary Wharf, London.

The deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday, May 31.

If you would like to apply, or make a nomination for the newly introduced News Fixer award, please visit the 2018 entry form page which provides definitions for each of the award categories and will guide you through the application process. Some of the main detail is also included below:

2018 Submission criteria

  • Three separate articles must be submitted, including when journalists are nominating fixers for the new award.
  • The submitted articles must have been published between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
  • Accepted media: any print-based medium, such as newspapers and magazines, or established online publications. Blogs, personal websites and social media pages or channels are not accepted.
  • Articles can encompass war reporting, human rights issues, cross-border troubles, corruption or other controversial matters impacting on people’s lives. Judges will be looking for professionalism, high journalistic standards, and evidence of dedication and courage in obtaining the story.
  • Because of problems with scanned entries and failed links in previous years, we require that each article be provided as a text file – MS Word (.doc or .docx) or similar text format (.rtf), or a PDF of a text file.
  • You may supply a URL link to your article(s), or a scan (as a PDF or JPG file) as supporting evidence of the publication context, but your entry will be disqualified if you do not also submit the required text files.
  • The awards panel will take into account nominations for fixers who have received more than one recommendation from journalists they have worked with.

Additional material you must provide:

  • a CV or resumé about your education and journalism career or about that of the fixer you are nominating.
  • a passport-quality photo (JPEG, GIF or PNG file, size no larger than 250Kb) of yourself or that of the fixer you are nominating.
  • a high standard English translation if the original articles are not in English.
  • a short statement explaining what you had to do to get the story.

In the case of the fixer award, we require from the nominating journalist:

  • A statement of nomination
  • A copy of the story or stories generated because of the nominated fixer’s involvement
  • A statement that the nominee is aware that he/ or she is being nominated and has given permission for the nomination (or perhaps the nomination for anonymous if win). The awards panel will take into account nominations for fixers who have received more than one recommendation from journalists they have worked with.
  • An acceptance from the nominator and nominee that they accept the terms of the competition
  • Two references

The maximum file size for text submissions or scans is 5Mb.

Entrants must complete the online entry form (or a PDF for printing and posting if not possible).


If you have any questions about the 2018 awards process, please write to enquiries@ksmfund.org.

Postal address: Ms. Belen Becerra, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP


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