Fully-funded Trip to the US for Early-career Professional Journalists in the TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellowship 2021

Be a part of this fellowship and training seminar at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, and receive tools and information that will help you navigate issues associated with investigative journalism. 

Selected journalists will join major U.S. media outlets for five months to receive intensive training on writing, editing, multimedia reporting, investigative reporting, data journalism, and ethics.

Application Deadline: September 16, 2020


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Selected applicants will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Exemption from all costs of international and domestic U.S. travel related to the program as the fellowship will cover them 
  • Medical insurance 
  • Monthly allowance for necessary expenses. 
  • Advanced training sessions on investigative journalism
  • Invitation to a final seminar in Washington that will allow you to juxtapose experiences and teachings with colleagues


The fellowship is open to early-career professional journalists:

  • From developing countries
  • Between 25-35 years old
  • With at least three years of experience as a journalist at a print, online or broadcast media outlet. 


  • Fellows working as staff reporters in their host newsrooms are required to come up with training plans that they will implement when they return to their home newsrooms. 
  • Fellows are urged to bring extra money. 
  • Visitation for up to one month is allowed for family members, but they cannot stay with the fellow for the length of the fellowship.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellowship, 

  • You are required to submit a completed application in English that includes:
    • Fully completed Application Form(one attached page is allowed if space isn’t enough) 
    • Up to date CV/Resume(typed in one to two pages)
    • Essays(typed in one to two pages, 400 to 800 words) on:
      • Professional Statement describing your journalistic experience, career plans and goals, and how you will work in and outside your home newsroom to share what you learn in the program with others.
      • Individual Fellowship Goals stating  the specific goals you’d like to achieve if selected
    • Two Reference letters 
    • A third reference letter from someone familiar with you and your work 
    • Employer’s Employment: Have your employer complete and sign the form on page 6 endorsing your participation and granting a six-month leave of absence should you be chosen.
    • Articles: Provide Links to four published/broadcast stories that best show your interests and abilities. Translations must accompany articles not initially written in English. 
    • Photograph: One passport-size head-shot photo, taken in the last six months.
    • Press Credentials: A clear photocopy/scan of your working press credentials, press pass, or equivalent.
    • A clear photocopy/scan of your valid passport showing your picture, information pages, and any U.S. visas you’ve had. (If you hold more than one passport, please send copies of each.)
    • Copy of Driver’s License: A clear photocopy/scan of your valid automobile driver’s license.
  • Download and fill the application form
  • Forward all relevant documents and the application form to david@presspartners.org. The subject of the email should be stated as ‘TRACE Fellowship Application AFPP.’ 

About TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellowship

The TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellowship, administered by Alfred Friendly, was established to support investigative journalism, publications, and related projects that advance greater commercial transparency and anti-bribery education. 

The TRACE Foundation and Alfred Friendly believe in the power of investigative journalism to ensure accountability for all and strengthen democracies. Hence their support for projects that encourage transparency.

Alfred Friendly Press Partners caters to journalists from countries with underdeveloped media and grants them training in the US and overseas. 

This six-month fellowship program will allow journalists to train at the Missouri School of Journalism and within leading U.S. newsrooms so they can practice journalism that is ethical, innovative,, and change-facilitating. 

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications with relevant documents should be forwarded by the deadline of September 16, 2020. 

The fellowship will commence with a three-week orientation and training seminar at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. 

Intensive training sessions will take place, and then the Fellows will join one or more major U.S. media outlets for five months. 

A final seminar will take place in Washington.

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