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Who is eligible for the GNI Fellowship?

The GNI Fellowship is for students who are enrolled in or accepted for an accredited higher education institution in the same country as their newsroom of choice; or if they are from the country where the newsroom is based. This includes undergraduate, master, and PhD students.

We accept both full-time and part-time students, as long as the candidate is enrolled in an accredited higher education institution as of 1 January 2019. It is the individual student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is legally permitted to work in the country where he or she applies.

You may only apply to one organisation.

Are there any age restrictions for participants?

Yes. You must be 18 years of age or older as of 1 January 2019 to be eligible for the 2019 GNI Fellowship.

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 organisations based in these three countries.

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

Yes, as long as you are enrolled in a higher education institution based in the country of the newsroom you choose to apply for and you are enrolled as of 1 January 2019.

What kind of documentation do I need to provide?

You should be prepared, upon request, to provide the European Journalism Centre or your host organisation with transcripts from your accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status.

Who will I report to at my host organisation?

Fellows will be assigned a mentor at their host organisation. You will, however, have the opportunity to work with several staff members over the course of the programme.

What is the relationship between GNI, the European Journalism Centre and the host organisations?

The Google News Initiative (GNI) provides funding. The European Journalism Centre (EJC) coordinates the programme and provides administrative support. The host organisations do not represent the views or opinions of GNI/the EJC and cannot bind Google/the EJC legally.

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

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What if my country isn’t listed?

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 or check other worldwide fellowship opportunities.

In what language can I submit my application?

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

Will I get paid if I'm selected for a GNI Fellowship?

Yes, all the fellows will be remunerated for their work and to help cover expenses. The exact amount will be at the discretion of each news organisation.


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