The Economist Nico Colchester Journalism Fellowships 2017 for Young European Journalists

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Application Deadline: March 31st 2017,

The Nico Colchester fellowships were established in memory of Nico Colchester, who died in 1996 after an outstanding career at the Financial Times, The Economist and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Nico had a passion for writing about European politics, economics, and society—and his sharp, witty, authoritative analysis would have been especially precious today.

Between the recent migration crisis, the threat of terrorism, the rise of populism, the euro zone’s economic struggles and the UK Brexit referendum, the foundations of European integration are in question. Undoubtedly, Nico would have been able to tell this story like few others in his profession: just consider some of his most famous work, from his creation of a Mars Bar index—“a currency for our time”—to his division of the world, and its politicians, into the “soggy” and the “crunchy”.


  • The fellowships are intended for aspiring or early-career journalists with bold ideas and a lively writing style, each capable of adapting to the excitement and pressures of a modern newsroom.
  • The fellow should have a particular interest and curiosity about European affairs, as the prize aims to help continental writers understand Britain and British writers understand Europe.


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Submission Procedure:

Please send a submission on the subject above, together with a CV and covering letter. The submission can be:

  • An unpublished written article, blog post or data-rich essay of no more than 850 words (.pdf or .doc)
  • An unpublished two-minute video (.avi or .mp4)
  • An unpublished two-minute podcast (.mp3)

Please make sure you submit your work in one of the formats specified. Big files can be sent using a file transfer or file hosting service or by submitting a password-protected link.

Entries should be sent, by the closing date of March 31st 2017, to Please include confirmation of your citizenship, such as a scan of your passport photo page. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2017.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Nico Colchester Journalism Fellowships 2017

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