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01 Feb 2022, 00:00 (CET)

For whom

Journalism, technology, multimedia and design students and recent graduates.


Stipend of minimum €2,500 for 8 weeks of full-time work


GNI Student Fellowship 2022


GNI Student Fellowship 2022

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The Google News Initiative Student Fellowship offers paid summer placements to journalism, technology, multimedia, and design students as well as recent graduates.

The Google News Initiative Student Fellowship has been created to support the next generation of European media professionals. Students and recent graduates can now apply to become a Student Fellow.

Selected Student Fellows will work at one of the participating newsrooms for eight weeks during the summer of 2022. Depending on the particular matching criteria of each newsroom, Student Fellows will research and write stories, contribute to open source data projects, design new digital products, and/or contribute to one of the many other innovative projects newsrooms have ongoing. The GNI Student Fellowship will be kicked-off with an online bootcamp that will allow the Student Fellows to get to know each other, build a network, and receive career-enhancing workshops from experts in the work field.

Why should I apply?

  • By applying, you get the chance to become a Student Fellow in 2022! If you are selected, you will get the unique opportunity to learn what it is like to work for a European newsroom.
  • Student Fellows are paid by their newsroom for eight weeks of full-time work. The minimum amount will be €2,500; the exact amount will be at the discretion of the newsroom.
  • Student Fellows will attend useful workshops and enjoy network opportunities during the kick-off bootcamp. This bootcamp will prepare you to make the most out of your Fellowship.
  • The European Journalism Centre will check in with all the Student Fellows during the Fellowship to provide them with guidance, training, and advice and touch base on progress and needs during the Fellowship.

When should you apply?

The timeline of the 2022 GNI Student Fellowship is as follows:

  • February- March: You can submit your application from Tuesday, February 1st 10:00 CET to Tuesday, March 15 23:59 CET 2022.
  • May: Newsrooms review applications and select a Student Fellow. All applicants will receive an email whether their application has been successful or not.
  • Early June: The 30 selected Student Fellows will participate in an online bootcamp hosted by the EJC that will prepare them for their Fellowship.
  • June - September: Student Fellows join their host newsrooms for the 8-week Fellowship. As an exception, some Fellowships might run until early autumn, this is decided upon in consultation with the newsroom and the EJC.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must be at least 18 years old and enrolled at or accepted to an accredited higher education institution or you have graduated in 2020,2021 or 2022. You must be from or live in the same country as the newsroom of your choice.

How to apply?

  • Decide which newsroom is suitable for you based on your interests, skills, and the eligibility criteria.
  • Submit your application via the apply button on our website.

Which candidates are likely to be matched?

  • You are excited about journalism, especially data-driven journalism, the use of AI in newsrooms, design and product, and/or new forms of storytelling.
  • You think analytically and have a knack for research and writing.
  • Each news organisation indicates what particular skill set and background they are looking for in a Fellow. Some may prefer candidates who have experience with a web programming language like HTML or Javascript, others may prefer a candidate with social media publishing experience.
  • We aim to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across all participating newsrooms. This is why we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for the GNI Student Fellowship?

Your application will only be processed if you meet all the criteria mentioned below:

  • You are 18 years or older.

  • You are enrolled in or recently graduated (in 2020, 2021 or 2022) from an accredited education programme. This includes:
    • Master, Ph.D. or bachelor students/graduates

    • Students/graduates pursuing or in possession of a technical certificate.

    • Students/graduates pursuing or in possession of a professional certificate.

    • Students/graduates of another accredited form of education in a relevant field, such as an apprenticeship or vocational training.

  • You are from the country where the newsroom is based OR you are living and/or studying in the country where the newsroom is based. Students enrolled in Austria, Germany or Switzerland can apply for any of the newsrooms based in these three countries.

  • You are legally allowed to work full-time in the country where the newsroom is based.

We accept both full-time and part-time students.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

Yes, as long as you are enrolled in a higher education institution based in the country of the newsroom you choose to apply for.

Students enrolled in Austria, Germany or Switzerland can apply for any of the newsrooms based in these three countries.

I will graduate during the GNI Fellowship. Can I still participate?

Yes, if you are expecting to graduate in 2022 you are eligible to apply. People that graduated in 2020 or 2021 can also apply.

What kind of documentation do I need to provide?

You should be prepared, upon request, to provide the European Journalism Centre or your hosting newsroom with transcripts from your accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Graduates should be prepared to provide a transcript as proof of their enrollment in an educational institution (2020 or 2021).

What if my country isn’t listed?

We offer Fellowships in 14 European countries listed on the website. If your country isn’t listed, the programme is not yet available in your area. It is therefore not possible to partake in the GNI Fellowship programme but keep an eye out for future years. You can also check the Google News initiative website for Fellowships outside of the EU.

In what language can I submit my application?

You are free to submit your application in English or in the language of the newsroom you are applying to.

Please note, however, that the Fellowship is an international programme and that Student Fellows are expected to have at least a basic knowledge of English. The Fellowship kick-off Bootcamp and all communication from the European Journalism Centre will be in English.

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