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21 Apr 2023, 00:00 (CEST)

For whom

Students and recent graduates interested in a career in media


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



GNI Student Fellowship 2023


GNI Student Fellowship 2023

applications closed

The 5th edition of the GNI Student Fellowship aims to boost equal opportunities in media.

Update about the fellowship:
After five years of success, EJC and its partners are reassessing this programme, and therefore, there will not be a 2024 edition taking place.

The GNI Student Fellowship is a programme managed by the European Journalism Centre in partnership with the Google News Initiative. It is aimed at students and recent graduates who can apply to become Student Fellows at one of the participating newsrooms. Selected Student Fellows will work at one of the newsrooms for eight weeks during the summer of 2023 and will be compensated for their work. 

The programme has been developed to support the next generation of media professionals in Europe and to drive innovation across the news industry. This is a unique opportunity that can help you to kick-start a career in the news industry.

Applications for the 2023 GNI Student Fellowship are now open. We are offering 20 placements across 9 European countries: Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Poland.

Note: applications for Newtral (Spain), la Repubblica (Italy) and Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy) have been closed.

Note: applications for Newtral (Spain) and la Repubblica (Italy) have been closed.

Apply before Friday, 21 April 2023, 23:59 CET!

Selected Student Fellows will work at one of the participating newsrooms for eight weeks during the summer of 2023. 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 one another, build a network, and receive career-enhancing workshops from experts in the work field. This year, we are also doubling down on our efforts to increase Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the programme. You can read more about that here.

Why should I apply?

  • By applying, you get the chance to become a Student Fellow in 2023! 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 2023 GNI Student Fellowship is as follows:

  • 22 March - 21 April: You can submit your application from Wednesday 22 March, 10:00 CET to Friday 21 April, 23:59 CET. Late submissions will not be accepted. 
  • May and June: Your application will be reviewed by the news organisation and diversity partner. You will hear whether or not your application has been successful by the end of June latest. 
  • July: Student Fellows will participate in an online bootcamp hosted by the EJC that will prepare them for their Fellowship.
  • June to September: The Fellowships take place. The exact dates will be determined in consultation with the newsroom.

How to apply

To apply follow the process:

  • Read the details of the host media you would like to apply for thoroughly.
  • Go through the application questions using the example application form
  • Prepare your CV, work samples, references and motivation
  • Login or create a new account
  • Start the application process by clicking the apply button and follow the application wizard.

Note: applications for Newtral (Spain), la Repubblica (Italy) and Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy) have been closed.

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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 2021, 2022 or 2023) 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 and Germany can apply for any of the newsrooms based in these two countries.

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

Yes, if you are expecting to graduate in 2023 you are eligible to apply. People that graduated in 2021 or 2022 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.

What if my country isnt listed?

We offer Fellowships in 9 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.

 Some newsrooms require additional language skills. Please check the placement description of the newsroom you are applying to.

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