Application Deadline: October 5, 2023
Do you have an idea for the next long read from Sub-Saharan Africa that could go in the Financial Times? We’re excited to announce a new partnership to make this happen.
In collaboration with the FT, we’re looking for a mid-career journalist from, based in and covering Sub-Saharan Africa, with an ambitious written story to tell a global audience.
Think big. This might be what you’d expect to see on the home page of one of the world’s biggest newspapers.
We’re looking for a great writer with some experience who can break down a complex story in simple language, compellingly, in a way that has wide appeal and relatability. The selected Fellow will produce a piece of long-form journalism – an economic or business story from the region that resonates with FT’s global audience.
The FT Fellow will join the existing One World Media Fellowship cohort to learn alongside a talented worldwide peer group while receiving guidance and a reporting grant of £1,000.
The FT will provide further training, editorial support and one-to-one mentoring from senior editors, with the aim of showcasing the final piece at their global platform.
What Do Fellows Receive?
- £1,000 reporting grant
- OWM Executive Producer for their project
- One-to-one mentoring by Senior FT editors
- A chance to publish their piece on the FT
- Workshops and webinars by industry experts
- Network of like-minded Fellows and Alumni
Who Are We Looking For?
We are looking for a mid-career journalist from and based in Sub-Saharan Africa, working in print, digital or multimedia reporting.
We will select one FT Fellow to join the current OWM Fellowship cohort.
We’re looking for a great writer with some experience who can break down a complex story in simple language, compellingly, in a way that has wide appeal and relatability.
We are particularly interested in journalists who have a keen interest in business and global affairs, an international mindset and sharp reporting instincts.
The ideal applicant would demonstrate strong writing skills and an ability to write engagingly and incisively about economics, corporate and markets issues.
There is a possibility of an extended engagement for a successful Fellow.
What Projects Are We Looking For?
The selected Fellow will produce a piece of long-form journalism – an economic or business story from the region that resonates with FT’s global audience.
This could be a story which has a political impact or which shines a light on an industry or sector or company. We are particularly interested in stories from countries that the FT does not cover regularly.
The primary form will be text, but there will be opportunities for special digital treatment of data and of visual elements.
The FT Fellow will be in regular contact with David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor and Alec Russell, foreign editor, and will receive one-on-one training and mentoring from them and other senior editors.
To read some example FT stories from the region, check out the links in the Submission Information.
How to Apply for the Fellowship
Applications to the One World Media Fellowship are FREE.
Register for a new user account on the One World Media Submission portal. If you have registered previously, there is no need to create a new account – you can login with the same user details or reset your password.
You will need to fill in an online form, upload necessary documents and provide a reference letter. You can find more details on Submission Information document.
Submit your form when complete.
You may submit more than one proposal, but a separate online application is required for each.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.