African Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowships, South Africa

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and Wits Journalism are offering fellowships for established and young promising journalists with a demonstrated interest in investigative or data journalism.

The African Investigative Journalism Conference (#AIJC18) is the premier annual gathering of African investigative journalists – a three-day international conference for and about investigative journalism. It involves skills training, networking, promoting, collaboration and in-depth accounts of major investigative stories. It is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

This year’s conference will feature more than 50 speakers in workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions, as well as skills training in areas such as advanced data analysis and security. Key speakers include award-winning journalists from across the world and Africa’s best. This is a chance to hear and meet those leading the field and enhance your skills with the latest tools and tips.

With the support of our sponsors, GIJN and Wits Journalism is offering fellowships to both established and young promising journalists in developing and transitioning countries to participate in this prestigious event. Competition is keen so you need to convince us that you’ll make great use of the training GIJC17 offers.

  • Type: Fellowship, Conferences
  • Number of Awardees: 40
  • Application Deadline: 3rd August 2018
  • Duration of Fellowship: 29 – 31 October 2018
  • Eligible Countries: Countries in Africa
  • To be taken at (country): Johannesburg, South Africa

African Investigative Journalism Eligibility:

  • Open to full-time print, online, television, video, and multimedia journalists in developing or transitioning countries
  • Experience in investigative or data journalism a plus

Value of Fellowship: 

  • Round-trip airfare to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hotel room for four nights
  • Transport between Johannesburg airport and the conference hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch on conference days
  • Award ceremony banquet dinner
  • Conference fee
  • It does not cover home-country transport, visa costs or a per diem.

Following the conference, fellows are required to either produce a story or give a presentation in your home country, based on what you learned at the conference.

Application Procedure:

To apply, write a short motivation (maximum 500 words) and send it with your CV and at least one example of your published or broadcast work (preferably a link) to

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and Wits Journalism

Important Notes: The fellowship does not include a per diem, visa fees, or transport to and from your home country airport. Fellows are expected to pay for these costs.

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