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Call for applications: Fellowship for Investigative Journalism in East Africa 2024

Call for applications: Fellowship for Investigative Journalism in East Africa 2024

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Country: Africa
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Call for applications: Fellowship for Investigative Journalism in East Africa 2024

The investigative Journalism in East Africa fellowship program aims to support the research and reporting project on digital challenges as well as on concrete solution-based approaches, and therefore offers financial support for implementing relevant in-depth stories. Journalists will have the opportunity to learn more about current digital threats and foster professional media networks in the East African region with reporters, editors, data experts and scientists pursuing similar thematic projects.

15 investigative journalists from East African countries (including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan), and journalists from the region living in exile in East African countries, will be selected from applicants who offer the best pitches for an in-depth journalistic media product on digital threats. After the selection process has been finalized, the research fellows will be invited to the kick-off event in Nairobi/Kenya at the end of June 2024.


  • The duration of the fellowship will be from July to middle of November 2024. In total, each fellow will receive 4.000 EUR for producing one investigative story by the end of the scholarship period.
  • The fellows will publish the stories in the media they work for.
  • Throughout the programme, mentors will guide them during the planning -, research – and production phase of their media work. In addition, they will have access to the knowledge and the analyses of social media data provided by a group of digital experts who belong to an interdisciplinary network on combating disinformation in East Africa.
  • Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by DW Akademie.

Check: African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) PHD Fellowship 2024-2025

Eligibility of Investigative Journalism East Africa 2024

  • The applicant should have proven qualification as an investigative journalist, in-depth knowledge of publishing about digital threats and at least five years of professional experience as a media practitioner.
  • Furthermore, he/she should have excellent analytical skills, mastering attention to detail and have effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • He/she should be willing to work closely together with the mentor and speak fluent English.
  • In addition, the applicant should have a valid passport and can travel to Kenya.

Also Check: Arab Council for the Social Science (ACSS) Emerging Fellows Programme 2024-2025 [ Funded]

Application for Investigative Journalism East Africa 2024

Qualified candidates are kindly requested to submit:

  • ONE PDF file with:
    • up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, and
    • motivation letter (max. 500 words), and
    • one reference letter, and
  • completed online survey, incl. story pitch and links to selected investigative work samples.

Applications should be addressed to Almuth Schellpeper at the following email address: [email protected] with the subject line “Fellowship”.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline12 May,2024
OrganizerDW Akademie



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