Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie Data Journalism Fellowship 2019 (Funded)

Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie Data Journalism Fellowship 2019 (Funded)

Deadline: February 8, 2019

Applications are open for the Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie Data Journalism Fellowship 2019. The Dataship is a 12-month fellowship program that brings together 15 of the brightest early-career data journalists from non-OECD countries to foster the development of data-driven reporting.

The program combines tailored trainings and networking opportunities, offering selected fellows a unique and exclusive opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and connect with their counterparts around the world to become advocates of data journalism in their own countries.


Fellows are expected to

  • Produce a great data-driven project before April 2020 (expected work volume: 120 hours) and report on progress once every two months
  • Publish your project with a local media organization
  • Attend the two training sessions and the two conferences
  • Participate in conference panels or other events when appropriate
  • Communicate about your participation in the program (e.g. blog posts)
  • Work in a positive and respectful way with other participants


Fellows will receive

  • Up to €2,000 to support your project work
  • Two all-expenses-paid training sessions in May 2019 and January 2020. The trainings are tailored to fit your (and the other fellows’) learning needs
  • All-expenses-paid invitations to two major conferences to present your project work. They connect you with a growing community of data journalists worldwide and ensure continuous exchange of resources, knowledge and best practices
  • Ongoing support from experts (UX designers, D3.js programmers, statisticians, graphic designers, project managers…) throughout the program.


  • Applicants should be familiar with the tools of data journalism. In particular, they should:
    • Know how to use advanced spreadsheet functionalities such as pivot tables, filters and vertical lookups.
    • Know how to use online visualization software such as Datawrapper or Infogram.
  • Applicants should have published at least one story using data journalism techniques in a news media;
  • Applicants should be residents of a country that is not a member of the OECD;
  • Applicants should have a command of English corresponding at least to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Note that, apart from the application form, participants will not be expected to write in English (unless they choose to write their project in English, of course). However, English will be the language of the trainings and conferences.


In the application form, you will be required, among other items, to submit:

  • A statement of up to 1000 words outlining your proposed data project,
  • A sample of your work

Applications should be made online by filling out this form.

If, for privacy or security reasons, you do not wish to use a Google Form, feel free to download the form, fill it out and send it to [email protected] in a GPG-encrypted e-mail (their public key is here), Signal or Whatsapp message (+491702875332).

For more information, visit DW Fellowship.