BudgIT 2023 GovSpend Media Fellowship Program for Nigerian Journalists


Application Deadline: August 15, 2023

BudgIT recently released a new product called the GovSpend to the public as an analytic of the open treasury platform of the federal of Nigeria that shows the daily spending from the national treasury and different MDAs. The gov spend portal makes it easy for users to see full spending details and access the required information to investigate value for money. 

This media fellowship aims to identify and train 12 media fellows (journalists) 2 each from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, on how to use the gov spend platform, plus other related topics around creative communication and data-driven storytelling. 

On the backdrop of the BudgIT media fellowship, which kickstarted in the year 2017, where the fellowship featured journalists who were focused on writing human-angle stories that raised advocacy on topics like budget access, project tracking, use of extractive revenues, social justice, anti-corruption, open governments, and transparency. BudgIT’s platform helped to give voice to the stories and backed stories up with real-time data. 


  • This year for three months- September to November, the selected 12 fellows would be supported to identify spending from the gov spend platform, investigate it, and establish value for money or corruption cases that may have occurred during the procurement process.
  • The 12 investigative stories developed from the media fellowship will be published via the medium by which the fellows work on. 


  • BudgIT will provide a monthly stipend of N200,000 to cover story coverage and logistics.
  • BudgIT will also hold rounds of engagements with stakeholders on the ideas to receive feedback and potential support.
  • Other sessions on Centring People in your stories, Storytelling for journalists, Making sense of the data, Data Visualisation Tools, and Multimedia storytelling will be handled by the BudgIT team. 


  • The winners will be announced on August 28, 2023.
  • Fellows will be informed earlier to ensure media materials are provided for the announcement.
  • The Govspend Media Fellowship session for the 2023 cohort will be from September 2023 and end on November 2023. 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BudgIT 2023 GovSpend Media Fellowship Program 


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