ICFJ Fellowship Program: A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America – 2018

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Application Deadline: November 13, 2017.

In 2018, the International Center for Journalists will continue to expand its network of digital journalists, technologists and media entrepreneurs from Latin America as part of the “Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America” program. For this revamped version of the program, ICFJ will bring 36 more Professional Fellows from 12 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. ICFJ will also send 12 more U.S. hosts to Latin America for two-week study tours as part of the exchange.

While working closely with the Public Affairs Section of each country’s U.S. Embassy and partner organizations, ICFJ will recruit two rounds of professional and citizen journalists, digital media entrepreneurs and technologists to develop digital media businesses and projects from eligible countries in Latin America. The first round of applications for participation in the six-week spring 2018 program will close on November 13, 2017. Applications for the six-week fall 2018 program will open again in late winter/early spring of 2018.

Program Eligibility:

The program is open to young professionals and emerging leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 who meet the following criteria:
• Is a citizen, national or permanent resident of their home country;
• Is living and working in his/her home country at the time of application;
• Has at least two (2) years of professional experience at the time of application;
• Submits a complete application, with all required documents, by the application deadline;
• Is able to begin the Professional Fellows Program in the United States in 2018;
• Is able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
• Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program;
• Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.


  • Selected fellows will participate in a six-week U.S. program anchored by four full weeks of professional attachments at the host institutions.
  • Participants will be matched with U.S. hosts across the country at digital communications firms, startup incubators and cutting-edge digital newsrooms based on their backgrounds and skills. Before embedding with a host organization, the program begins with an orientation in Washington, D.C., at ICFJ’s headquarters where fellows will visit digital media organizations, receive hands-on training on digital tools and techniques, and will workshop their digital media project proposals with media entrepreneurs.
  • During the final week of the program in the United States, fellows will participate in the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C. The Congress will connect the participants with other Professional Fellows from around the globe while helping them continue to hone their leadership and entrepreneurial skill sets.
  • Selected fellows will have all program costs covered by ICFJ and the Department of State, including travel, housing, and emergency travel insurance. Fellows will also receive a stipend to cover living costs during the program. There are no costs to participate in the program.

By spending four weeks with a media host organization, fellows will learn about the latest that the digital realm has to offer in the United States as they work to develop their projects. Fellows in the past have been placed with the digital teams of traditional media, digital media startups, and organizations. Hosts in the past have included the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, AJ+, Fusion, Splash Media and the Huffington Post. The goal: for fellows to create media business models that harness the power of digital tools to generate sustainable revenue so the fellows can launch digital media projects in their own countries.

This program will also spotlight the United States’ diversity and culture by immersing the fellows in their host communities while they participate in home-stay experiences. Their U.S. counterparts at selected host organizations will have the opportunity to visit the Latin Fellows’ countries for two-week programs.

Selection will be based on professional qualifications, relevant experience, leadership potential and commitment to enhancing mutual understanding between the people of their countries. Selected participants must be fluent in English. The program is open to young professionals and emerging leaders, ages 25-40. Please note that only applicants from the 12 eligible countries will be considered: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. Participants with disabilities will be accommodated during the program and are encouraged to apply.


Program dates for first round of Latin American fellows:
Recruitment of fellows: Fall 2017
Selection of fellows: Winter 2018
Arrival in the United States: April 23, 2017
Orientation: April 24-April 28, 2017
Attachment phase: April 29-May 28, 2017
Travel to Washington, D.C.: May 29th
Professional Fellows Congress: May 30 – June 1, 2018
Depart the United States: June 2, 2018

Program dates for second round Latin American fellows:
Recruitment of fellows: Spring 2018
Selection of fellows: Summer 2018
Arrival in United States: October 8, 2018
Orientation: October 9-October 13, 2018
Attachment phase: October 14-November 12, 2018
Travel to Washington, D.C.: November 13, 2018
Professional Fellows Congress: November 14-16, 2018
Depart United States: November 17, 2018

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ICFJ Fellowship Program

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