Calling Media Leaders Globally: Apply Now for the ICFJ Knight Fellowships

By: ICFJ | 02/02/2024

The International Center for Journalists is excited to open applications for the 2024 ICFJ Knight Fellowships, marking the fellowship’s 30th year of fostering innovative journalism practices across the globe. The fellowships are made possible by the longtime support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The one-year fellowship program nurtures groundbreaking media projects that address challenges in the fellows’ home regions and helps share those innovations internationally. In 2024, the ICFJ Knight Fellows will include one or two U.S.-based fellows to focus on the intersection of international and U.S. information needs. 

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Themes that we encourage fellows to focus on include – but are not limited to – this list. Feel free to surprise us with your innovative proposals!


  • How AI can serve journalism
  • Creating communities and resources for journalists in exile
  • Serving the information needs of diaspora communities in the United States
  • Combating disinformation, especially around elections
  • Covering climate change innovatively
  • Creating networks of shared services or infrastructure to help independent journalism thrive

Empowering Journalistic Innovation

The fellowship seeks to empower journalists with the resources, mentorship, and time to bring their innovative ideas to life. Past ICFJ Knight Fellows have become leaders in their areas, and have seeded enduring networks in their regions. 

  • Laura Zommer launched Factchequeado to combat disinformation among Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. Their AI-powered chatbot on WhatsApp responds immediately to readers’ queries about suspect information.
  • Catherine Gicheru is putting women in the news in Sub-Saharan Africa – and in the newsroom through the Africa Women Journalism Project. She is changing the narrative to make a business case for inclusion. “Leaving women out of news coverage means ignoring half your audience and leaving advertising money on the table,” she says.
  • Fabiola Torres launched Salud con Lupa just before the pandemic to put health policy in Latin America under a magnifying glass. Her team’s investigations have forced government resignations over vaccine corruption, proposed legislation to protect consumers from pesticides and changed policies around child care in Peru.
  • Sérgio Spagnuolo is using technology for transparency, connecting journalists with authoritative sources, and surfacing social media disinformation trends with Nucleo Jornalismo. He also custom designed tools for news organizations during the U.S. midterm elections.  

See more about past fellows at ICFJ Knight Fellowships | International Center for Journalists.

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Fellowship Overview

We invite applications from established journalists with a track record of impactful journalistic work. This is not a U.S.-based residential fellowship. Fellows will be based in their home countries, except for exiled journalists. The program is particularly interested in projects that leverage innovative approaches and technologies to address specific issues in the local media landscape. 

Fellows will be provided with a monthly honorarium and professional expenses so they make their fellowship projects their primary focus. Work outside the fellowship that relates to or feeds into the project is allowed. 

Making an Impact

The successful applicant will receive funding support, mentorship, and access to a network of media professionals. The fellowship also includes opportunities for training and international exposure, ensuring that the fellow can make a substantial impact in their local media environment and sustain the project beyond the fellowship period.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit a detailed project proposal outlining their project's objectives, the innovative elements of their approach, and the expected outcomes. A draft budget for the project is also required. Applicants should also demonstrate how their past work supports their proposed fellowship project and a plan for sustaining the project when their fellowship ends.

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Application Deadline and Submission

Interested candidates are urged to submit their applications by February 29 through this link.

About ICFJ
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) enables a global network of journalists to provide the trustworthy news essential to free and strong societies – vital work that strengthens democratic ideals and spurs change. We serve more than 160,000 journalists around the world, helping them cover the most critical issues of today, innovate to deeply connect with communities, and build news organizations that thrive. Learn more at

About Knight Foundation
We are social investors who support a more effective democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once published newspapers.

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