The Nico Colchester Journalism Fellowship (Financial Times)

London (Central), London (Greater),
Generous Prizes
13 Feb 2018
31 Mar 2018

Between the migration crisis, the threat of terrorism, the rise of populism, the eurozone’s economic struggles and a possible UK departure from the EU, the very 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”.

So in this momentous year for Europe, here is your chance to emulate one of the finest reporters of his generation, and launch a career in the exciting world of journalism at two of the most global and prestigious news organisations. 

The Prize

  • Two awards are on offer: one, for a British or Irish applicant, will consist of a three-month fellowship in continental Europe at The Financial Times;
  • the other, for an applicant from elsewhere in the European Union, will be in London at the Economist, also lasting three months.
  • The fellowships are open only to EU citizens.
  • Both winners will receive a bursary of £6,000 to cover accommodation and travel.

About You

  • 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.

How to Apply

A submission on this year's subject, "Will Donald Trump make or break Europe?", together with a CV and covering letter. The submission can be:

  • an unpublished written article, blog post or data-rich essay of max 850 words (pdf or doc)
  • an unpublished 2-minute video (avi or mp4)
  • an unpublished 2-minute podcast (mp3)

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