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Who is eligible for the GNI Student Fellowship?

Your application will only be processed if you meet all the criteria mentioned below:

  • You are 18 years or older.

  • You are enrolled in or recently graduated (in 2020, 2021 or 2022) from an accredited education programme. This includes:
    • Master, Ph.D. or bachelor students/graduates

    • Students/graduates pursuing or in possession of a technical certificate.

    • Students/graduates pursuing or in possession of a professional certificate.

    • Students/graduates of another accredited form of education in a relevant field, such as an apprenticeship or vocational training.

  • You are from the country where the newsroom is based OR you are living and/or studying in the country where the newsroom is based. Students enrolled in Austria, Germany or Switzerland can apply for any of the newsrooms based in these three countries.

  • You are legally allowed to work full-time in the country where the newsroom is based.

We accept both full-time and part-time students.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

Yes, as long as you are enrolled in a higher education institution based in the country of the newsroom you choose to apply for.

Students enrolled in Austria, Germany or Switzerland can apply for any of the newsrooms based in these three countries.

I will graduate during the GNI Fellowship. Can I still participate?

Yes, if you are expecting to graduate in 2022 you are eligible to apply. People that graduated in 2020 or 2021 can also apply.

What kind of documentation do I need to provide?

You should be prepared, upon request, to provide the European Journalism Centre or your hosting newsroom with transcripts from your accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Graduates should be prepared to provide a transcript as proof of their enrollment in an educational institution (2020 or 2021).

What if my country isn’t listed?

We offer Fellowships in 14 European countries listed on the website. If your country isn’t listed, the programme is not yet available in your area. It is therefore not possible to partake in the GNI Fellowship programme but keep an eye out for future years. You can also check the Google News initiative website for Fellowships outside of the EU.

In what language can I submit my application?

You are free to submit your application in English or in the language of the newsroom you are applying to.

Please note, however, that the Fellowship is an international programme and that Student Fellows are expected to have at least a basic knowledge of English. The Fellowship kick-off Bootcamp and all communication from the European Journalism Centre will be in English.

Will Student Fellows get paid?

Yes, all Student Fellows will be paid for their work and to help cover expenses. Student Fellows will receive a minimum of 2,500 from their newsroom. The exact amount and when the Student Fellow will be paid will be at the discretion of the newsroom.

Does the COVID-19 pandemic have any effect on the Fellowship programme?

In 2022, the EJC and Google News Initiative will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. During the Fellowship, we expect both newsrooms and Student Fellows to comply with the safety rules and regulations put in place by the countries they operate in. The Fellowship will take place virtually or with a mixed schedule of days at the office and working from home, this will be decided between the newsrooms and the Student Fellow according to the COVID-19 regulations that are in force during the time of the Fellowship.

How many applications am I allowed to submit?

You may submit only one application.

What if the Fellowship period overlaps with my school semester?

In most cases, a Fellowship will entail 8 consecutive weeks of full-time work. If the Fellowship period overlaps with your school semester it is at the discretion of the Fellow and news organisation what the working schedule will look like. It is mandatory to achieve the number of hours that prove 8 weeks of full-time work.

What documents do I need to submit?

In the application form, you will be asked to include your:

  • CV: a document presenting key facts about your professional experience, educational background, and skills.

  • Work samples: you are free to choose which work samples you would like to add to your application.

  • Motivation: We advise applicants to indicate this in their application and explain why their background can bring in new perspectives or added value to the newsroom.

How do I know if I have been selected to become a Student Fellow?

You will receive an email once the newsroom you have applied for has made its decision. This means you will also receive an email if your application has not been successful. When applying, make sure you enter a valid email address that you check regularly. It is also important to keep an eye on your spam box.

What if I have a question that is not answered in this FAQ?

If you have a question that is not answered in this FAQ, please attend our virtual Ask me Anything session on February 16, 2022. Registration is required.

You can also reach out to us via [email protected]

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