This is an opportunity for up-and-coming and experienced journalists who are interested digging deeper into the role of technology in abuses of power, problematic cyber policies, and give voice to the victims of unaccountable tech industries.

Sums between $5,000 and $20,000 CAD are available to reporters that propose stories about big tech and government accountability. The fellowship is open to freelance and employed journalists, established veterans and upcoming journalists. You may have a relationship with an existing outlet or require assistance in getting your story to the right editor. We aim to support the work as much or as little as is needed. We are particularly interested in applicants who would like to engage in creative storytelling including interactive multimedia, docs, and podcasts. 

The Citizens is a non-profit organization based in London that seeks to hold big tech and government to account through impact journalism, and is particularly interested in stories about data rights, platform power, dark money, and erosion of democratic accountability. 

The Global Reporting Centre, a non-profit journalism organization based out of the University of British Columbia, is dedicated to innovating global journalism by challenging problematic norms and practices, supporting experimentation, and fostering collaboration.

Interested applicants should submit a proposal combined as a single PDF titled LASTNAME_AWFELLOWSHIPS to [email protected]. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities.

Please include: 

  1. A brief proposal, including a timeline of the project 
  2. Distribution plan for the project, including medium and potential publication outlet(s). (no more than 100 words) [A letter of support from the media outlet is not required]
  3. A preliminary budget (max of $20,000 CAD) including a basic breakdown of costs. This can include travel or reporter stipend, but please indicate accordingly.
  4. Resume/CV 
  5. Examples of published work, if any 

The deadline for the application is November 30, 2021. Selected applications may be contacted for more details and/or an interview.