Google News Lab Fellowship 2018 (Newsroom Placements with €5,500 stipend)

Google News Lab Fellowship 2018 (Newsroom Placements with €5,500 stipend)

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Calling journalism students across Europe. Apply for Google News Lab Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of journalists working to inform, engage, and inspire people around the world. If you have a passion for news, want to make and break stories and love technology—the 2018 Google News Lab Fellowship is for you.

The Google News Lab Fellowship offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations across the world to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts and friends.

This year they’re offering placements across 10 countries. For the first time, news publishers in Belgium and the Netherlands will be taking part—the Fellowship will open here soon—and each of will offer new opportunities for students to gain valuable experience.

During their placement, the Fellows are invited to contribute their ideas to stories and new projects. From fact-checking to data journalism, video to audio, each newsroom offers a unique opportunity. In previous years, we’ve seen Fellows secure a frontpage story, bring new thinking to analytics and introduce emerging 360 technology to their newsroom.


The participating newsrooms will select their preferred candidates and identify a Fellow by the end of May. The Fellow will then join the newsroom for a two-month summer placement, and Google provides a €5,500 stipend for each publisher to allocate.

Fellows who have completed their placement in previous years say it was a “golden opportunity to get full-time work experience” and an invaluable start to their career in journalism.


  • You must be 18 years of age or older as of 1 January 2018 to be eligible for the 2018 Fellowship.
  • For students wishing to apply, you must be in higher education or enrolled in or accepted into an accredited higher education institution including (but not necessarily limited to) colleges and universities. This includes undergraduate students, students studying for a masters, and students enrolled in PhD programmes.
  • International students can apply as long as you are enrolled in a higher education institution based in one of the eligible countries as of 1 January 2018 and eligible to work there.
  • They accept both full-time and part-time students. It is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is legally permitted to work in the country.
  • You may only apply to one organisation.

Eligible Countries

Applications are open in the following European countries: Austria, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.


You’re likely to be selected if:

  • You’re excited about journalism, especially data driven journalism or freedom of expression online.
  • You think analytically and have a knack for research, writing, and communication.
  • You’re a master multitasker who works quickly, smartly, and resourcefully.

Those eligible to apply are asked to select one news organisation and then submit an application. The news organisations will specify which kinds of skills they’re looking for – some may prefer candidates who have experience with a web programming language like HTML or Javascript, others may prefer experience publishing via online media platforms. 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.


Successful applicants are notified of their selection by March 30, 2018.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Google News Lab Fellowship.