Poynter 2017 International Fact-Checking Network fellowships

Application Deadline: August 31st 2017

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is accepting applications for its annual fellowship program.

The two fellowships, worth $2,500 each, 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.

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.


  • In order to qualify, 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.

Though the preference is to award two fellowships worth $2,500 each, exceptional projects for which a higher budget is indispensable can apply for $5,000 and be considered.

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 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?

Applications should be emailed in a single file to [email protected] by Aug. 31. Interviews will be conducted with any organization scoring eight points or above. A final decision will be made by Sept. 15. The exchange must take place by Jan. 31.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Poynter 2017 International Fact-Checking Network fellowships



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