Applications are currently ongoing for the The International Fact-checking Network Fellowships at Poynter 2017. The fellowships are aimed at fact-checkers seeking to spend time embedded at a fact-checking organization in another country to be exposed to best practices they wish to adopt. The inaugural fellows worked on automation and fact-checking on television. These are entirely self-organized fellowships: Applicants must specify the organization they want to visit, pitch a detailed plan that includes the duration of their stay and what they seek to learn from the experience. They ought to spend at least one week with the partner organization.
- Two fellowships worth $2,500 each will be awarded. Exceptional projects for which a higher budget is indispensable can apply for $5,000 and be considered.
- Applicants must hail from a fact-checking organization with a public working method, transparent funding sources and a commitment to nonpartisanship. Being a verified signatory of the IFCN code of principles is a plus;
- Freelancers with significant experience in fact-checking (evidence of published work will be required) can also apply.
Applications will be assessed along the following metrics:
- Concrete takeaways for fellow (six points). To what extent is the visiting fact-checker seeking to learn something specific and practical from the fellowship that they will subsequently implement in their own work?
- Benefit for host organization (two points). To what extent will the hosts also benefit from the visiting fellow?
- Potential benefits for other fact-checkers (one point). Could the fellowship catalyze interesting projects that go beyond the host and visiting organizations?
- Necessity of funding (one point). How likely is it that the visiting fact-checker would be able to arrange a similar exchange via other funding channels?
The application package must include:
- A letter of no more than two pages detailing the specific objective(s) of the fellowship and the rationale behind the choice of objectives and organization. It should also include a rough draft of the program for the duration of the fellowship, listing possible activities and meetings (applicants reaching the interview phase will be asked to provide a more detailed plan).
- A breakdown of the costs of the fellowship indicating estimates for each expenditure as well as any additional costs not covered by this grant that the visiting or host fact-checker may incur through this fellowship.
- A letter of no more than one page from the host organization indicating their willingness (ideally, eagerness) to welcome the fellow.
- A brief overview of the visiting organization’s budget.
Applications should be emailed in a single file to
Deadline: August 31, 2017