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TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellowship (Fully Funded)

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TRACE and Alfred Friendly share the belief in the power of investigative journalism to hold the powerful accountable and strengthen democracies. TRACE sponsored its first Fellow in 2019, a reporter from Russia placed at The Wall Street Journal. In 2020, TRACE sponsored two fellowships for journalists dedicated to investigative reporting. TRACE, through its Foundation, supports projects that encourage greater commercial transparency. The TRACE Foundation was established to promote, support, and fund research, investigative journalism, publications, videos, and related projects that encourage greater commercial transparency and advance anti-bribery education.

TRACE International is a 501c(6) non-profit business association founded in 2001 to provide multinational companies and their commercial intermediaries with anti-bribery compliance support. TRACE is financed by its members and does not accept any government funding. It leverages a shared-cost model whereby membership dues are pooled to develop anti-bribery compliance tools, services, and resources.


The TRACE Investigative Reporting Fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic US travel, health insurance, and provides a monthly stipend to basic cover basic living expenses.


  • Open to early-career professional journalists from developing countries.
  • The successful candidate will be 25-35 years old and have at least three years of experience as a journalist at a print, online, or broadcast media outlet.
  • Participants working as staff reporters in their host newsroom are required to develop training plans that they implement when they return to their home newsrooms.


It is highly recommended that fellows bring additional money with them. While family members may visit for up to one month, they cannot accompany the fellow for the duration of the fellowship.


16th September 2020





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