Call for Applications — Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Investigative Journalism Fellowship

What is it?

We are offering two full-time, nine-month, paid fellowships working with Investigate Europe. Through a combination of workshops, on-the-job training and seminars, you will learn first-hand about conducting investigations as part of our pan-European, cross-border team.

The Fellowship is aimed at helping journalists at the earlier stages of their journalism career to develop investigative skills by working alongside Investigate Europe reporters and attending training from the Investigate Team and third party providers. 

Learning from members of the team as you work, this is a great opportunity to develop your investigative skills, gain direct experience of working on stories and understand the process for collecting, sharing and checking information.

You will be given specific areas to work on for your research and you will be required to contribute to the investigation in the same way as the rest of the team.

You will be fully integrated into the team, attending our weekly editorial meetings and being assigned tasks to support the research. The team will offer four online seminars, talking about our working methods, verification methods, sharing strategies and will welcome the candidates in the editorial meetings during the preparation and research of a topic.

Additional training will be decided along with the mentor and paid for by Investigate Europe. Training should be something that is put to immediate, practical use within the team so that the fellows gain confidence in their new skills.

Who is it for?

Applicants must have demonstrable experience in journalism or research. We are looking for Fellows at an early or mid-stage of their journalism career who are looking to learn about working in a cross-border team and develop their investigative skills. Applicants must be able to show examples of their work.

This is not an entry-level position.

We ask for good English language skills, the ability to write and fact-check articles, professional working knowledge of another European language, and enthusiasm to learn about the investigative process while researching stories.

This is on-the-job training, so you should be able to demonstrate that you can work with a reasonable level of autonomy. This requires a good knowledge of the basics of journalism — writing, interviewing, fact-checking, right to reply — that you want to develop to cover cross-border investigations.

How will it work?

You will work from home but have the opportunity (subject to restrictions lifting) to do on-the-ground reporting with team members. You will be assigned a member of the team (either Paulo Pena or Juliet Ferguson) as a single point of contact for the duration of the fellowship for day-to-day issues, but will work with the rest of the team depending on the requirements of the story (this could be as part of a small group, with one other team member, the entire team or a combination). 

Salary (or reimbursement)

This is a paid fellowship circa €1250 month

As this is a paid post, the fellow will be required to commit a minimum of 30 hours a week.

There will be no automatic employment with Investigate Europe at the end of the nine months, but you will be in a better position to apply for any future vacancies.

Eligibility criteria

European residents. Good English skills in addition to another European language. Must be able to demonstrate journalistic/research experience, have an understanding of libel law and the ability to write clear, concise articles.


Nine months: July 2021– March 2022.

What’s included

  • Approx forty hours of formal training and workshops (from IE and other providers)
  • Hands-on training and support while working as a member of the team
  • The chance to develop skills in your specialist field
  • Meetings, Q&A with members of the team
  • The chance to participate on field trips (if allowed)

Application deadline

Sunday, 16th May 2021 at 23:59 Berlin/Amsterdam/Warsaw/Paris time

Send your application to

What to include

Send us your curriculum vitae and a cover letter — no more than two sides of A4 — that includes links to your work and answers the following questions:

  • What has been your journalism or research experience and where this was acquired
  • Send two or three examples of your work and describe the research process for one of these examples
  • What do you hope to gain from the Fellowship?
  • What are your longer-term career goals?
  • What has prevented you from pursuing these goals up until now?
  • Is there a particular aspect or specialism that you either have experience of, or are interested in? This could be subject-based — e.g.: health, finances, lobbying — or skills-based — eg: data journalism, open source intelligence, podcasting.
  • What do you think you could bring to the team?
  • What do you see as the challenges of working in a cross-border team?
  • Where did you hear about this Fellowship?

If you have any questions, please contact

Paulo: pena [at]

Juliet: ferguson [at]