Coda Story’s Bruno Fellowship 2020 for Early to Mid-career Journalists ($16,000 grant)

Coda Story’s Bruno Fellowship 2020 for Early to Mid-career Journalists ($16,000 grant)

Deadline: March 29, 2020

Applications are open for the Coda Story’s Bruno Fellowship 2020. The Fellowship is a nine-month reporting grant opportunity for an early to mid-career journalist. The Fellowship will fund one ambitious investigative project culminating in a single story or series of impactful stories, unearthing information that powerful forces do not want to see the light of day.

At Coda Story, their journalists exclusively cover three subjects: disinformation, authoritarian tech and the war on science, and the Bruno pitch must fit one or more of those categories. The Fellowship is an opportunity designed to allow early-career international journalists the time, funding and space to report deeply on the stories that matter.


  • The Fellowship offers a $16,000 grant which covers compensation and travel expenses for a period of six months’ reporting and two-three months for the story to go through the editing process.
  • Throughout the fellowship, the reporter will benefit from mentorship, guidance and editorial support from Coda’s editors.


  • The reporter can be based anywhere in the world, and they invite pitches from everywhere.
  • While there is no age limit, the fellowship is intended for applicants in the early to mid stage of their career, with at least 5 years’ reporting experience.
  • They strongly encourage applications from people of all genders, races, national origins, and groups that are under-represented in journalism.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English and have a track record of writing reported pieces in English.


To apply for the fellowship, fill in this Google Form, which will ask you to submit:

  • A detailed 1-page pitch, up to 600 words, outlining access, why your story matters, why it’s a Coda story and which of their beats (authoritarian tech, disinformation, the war on science) it fits, potential characters, how and where it has been previously covered (and how you’re moving it on) and why you’re the right person to execute it.
  • A max 1-page reporting plan and skeleton timeline of how you’ll execute the story, outlining any travel you intend to do
  • A rough budget for any travel, reporting and research expenses
  • A 1-page resume
  • A brief (max 1-page) cover letter indicating why the fellowship is right for you 
  • Up to three of your best published clips 

All files should be uploaded to the application form in .pdf format, at no more than 5MB each, with the naming convention LASTNAME_Documentname.

For more information, visit Coda Story’s Bruno Fellowship.