ICFJ Knight Fellowship 2018 in the Middle East & North Africa Region (Funded)

ICFJ Knight Fellowship 2018 in the Middle East & North Africa Region (Funded)

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Applications are open for the ICFJ Knight Fellowship 2018. The International Center for Journalists seeks outstanding applicants with a strong background in digital journalism for a six-month ICFJ Knight Fellowship to help investigative reporters in the MENA region produce stories that are cutting-edge and compelling to audiences.

The Fellow will work with Arab Reporters For Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the leading organization supporting investigative journalists around the region. With ARIJ, the Fellow will help selected ARIJ member newsrooms in the region to enhance their use of digital technology and adopt new workflows and models that will enable them to be innovative beyond the Fellowship.

The Fellowship will be based in Amman, Jordan, with some travel to other countries in the region, most likely Tunisia and Lebanon. This Fellowship may be extended beyond six months contingent upon funding, performance of the Fellow and opportunities for greater impact.

Fellowship Outputs

Fellowship outputs will include:

  • A report that summarizes successes and lessons learned, and provides a model for editors hoping to emulate them to marry investigative reporting with digital storytelling after the Fellowship
  • A list of recommendations on how to improve digital storytelling at ARIJ after the Fellowship
  • A presentation at the ARIJ Forum in December that will draw on lessons learned in Jordan and the region and the potential he/she sees for digital storytelling in MENA
  • Regular communication with ICFJ regarding key project impacts, analytics and metrics
  • Blog-style posts for the Knight International Media Innovators section of IJNet.org drawn from the Fellows’ thought leadership and lessons learned during the Fellowship


  • During the Fellowship, each Fellow receives an allowance for expenses related to the Fellowship, and an honorarium. Fellows also receive emergency coverage if they are working outside their home country. Fellows receive three weeks of paid vacation per year.
  • This Fellowship offers several opportunities for the Fellow:
    • Gaining greater visibility as a leader of cutting-edge projects that transform journalism, which includes promotion through ICFJ’s online channels such as IJNet.org and opportunities to speak at major conferences
    • Joining the prestigious global network of ICFJ Knight Fellows
    • Bolstering his/her entrepreneurial and leadership expertise


  • The Fellow must be able to demonstrate a knack for making stories compelling and engaging to audiences using the latest innovative storytelling methods and digital tools;
  • The Fellow must also be a strong communicator and mentor, enabling him/her to forge effective collaborations with staff at different levels of newsrooms to help them set up any structures needed, lead regular in-newsroom training sessions and guide them through news projects in which they adopt these new approaches and are able to continue without the help of the Fellow.
  • Additional requirements:
    • Experience and ability to travel within the target region
    • Hands-on experience in setting up digital media platforms, landing pages, data visualization, front-end web development and UX/UI is preferred
    • Links to three digital stories he/she worked on directly that offer evidence of qualification for the Fellowship (please include in the application)
    • Fluency in Arabic is highly desired, but not required
    • Professional proficiency in English is required


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the goal of the Fellowship starting July 2018. If you are interested in being a candidate, please apply here, and select “ARIJ/MENA” on page one of the form.

For more information, visit ICFJ Knight Fellowship.