Deadline: August 31, 2018


  • 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 definite plus.
  • Freelancers with significant experience in fact-checking (evidence of published work will be required) can also apply.

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?


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 should be emailed in a single file to factchecknet@poynter.orgby Aug. 31. Interviews will be conducted with any applicant scoring eight points or above. A final decision will be made by Sept. 17. The exchange must take place by Jan. 31.

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