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Who is eligible for the GNI Fellowship?

Students enrolled in or accepted for an accredited higher education as well as recent graduates who finished their studies in 2019 and 2020.

This includes:

  • Master, PhD & Bachelor students/graduates

  • Higher vocational students/graduates

  • Technical certificates

  • Professional certificates

Applications for newsrooms are allowed within your country of residence or education institution; additionally, you can also apply to newsrooms located in the country of origin.

If you are working in the same country as the newsroom of choice you must be legally allowed to work.

We accept both full-time and part-time students, as long as the candidate is enrolled or accepted at an accredited higher education institution in 2020.

Are there any age restrictions for participants?

Yes. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

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, if you are a graduate of 2021 you are eligible to apply. Students and graduates of 2019/2020 are also eligible to apply.

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. Graduates should be prepared to provide a transcript as proof of their enrollment in an educational institution (2019 or 2020).

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?

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

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 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 news organisation you are applying to.

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

Yes, all the fellows will be paid for their work and to help cover expenses. Fellows will receive up to €5,000 from their host organisation. The exact amount and when the Fellow will be paid will be at the discretion of each host organisation.

Does the COVID-19 situation has any effect on the Fellowship programme?

The European Journalism Centre and Google News Initiative have been closely monitoring the widening COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak and we are taking several measures to help protect the health of all people involved in our programme and events around the world.

In light of this, we have decided the following:

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 host organisation and the Fellow.

The GNI Fellowship bootcamp will take place online to prepare the Fellows ahead of their placement in newsrooms.

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 are the documents I have to submit?

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.

  • 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.

Who will I report to at my host organisation?

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

Can I still apply for the news organisation despite my expertise not matching what they are looking for?

Yes, we encourage applicants to apply for their choice of newsroom if they are convinced they can bring a useful expertise to the organisation that is not mentioned in the placement description. 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 news organisations go about deciding which Fellows they will select?

Each news organisation indicates what skill set and background they require for the fellow. Some may prefer candidates who have experience with a web programming language like HTML or Javascript, others may prefer a candidate with social media publishing experience. All news organisations will be looking for people who are passionate about reporting and the role that technology can play in the pursuit of the craft.


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