PAYK Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2017

PAYK Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2017

The PAYK Investigative Journalism Fellowship Program is an initiative of the PAYK Investigative Journalism Centre. The centre was established in 2013, PAYK is the leading investigative journalism centre in Afghanistan, producing investigative reports, support and train investigative journalists.

Fellowship Objective

The aim of the PAYK Fellowships for investigative journalists is to support in-depth coverage of critical issues associated with government accountability and transparency in Afghanistan. Many media outlets do not have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories. The fellowships will enable mid-career journalists to do the deeper reporting needed to produce impactful investigative reports. This fellowship is supported by the USAID funded Rasana Program, implemented by Internews.

Time Frame of Fellowship

The Investigative Fellowship, 2017 will be awarded to investigative journalists who fulfill the eligibility and application criterion. Six awards of $1000 each will be available for each candidate, to be completed within a four-month.

Fellowship Amount

Fellows will receive the amount in three steps (30% upon selection, 40% upon submission of the report’s first draft and 30% after the publication). We will also provide mentoring support to the recipients of the fellowship.

Selection Criteria

We are looking at:

  1. Quality and relevance of proposed topic of the investigative report, clear description of the proposed approach, story treatment and journalistic focus.
  2. Applicants past experience and track record in investigative reporting
  3. Applications will be evaluated and selected by a six person committee. Shortlisted applicants will be notified within 2 weeks after the deadline for applications.

How to Apply

In order to apply for the program, you are required to submit the application form of the Fellowship and supporting documents mentioned above to

If you have a query regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Ramiz Bakhtiar at or +93 705099129.



Deadline for the Application

Note: We only accept completed and within deadline submitted application.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 20th of September, 2017.

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