Code for Africa CheckDesk Fellowship 2024 | How to Apply Now

If your newsroom is based in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Togo, Uganda, or Zambia, and you are eager to enhance the capabilities of your CheckDesk, consider applying for the Code for Africa CheckDesk Fellowship 2024.

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Code for Africa, through its African Fact-Checking Alliance (AFCA), is presenting an intensive six to eight-month incubation program tailored for media organizations in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Togo, Uganda, or Zambia that aim to establish a CheckDesk within their newsroom.

Code for Africa CheckDesk Fellowship 2024

A CheckDesk is a dedicated fact-checking/verification unit within a news organization, fact-checking organization, or Civil Society Organization (CSO).

Successful organizations selected for this fellowship will benefit from hands-on technical training and support to aid in developing economically viable models and establishing editorial production systems for their Check Desks. The program is supported by the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC).

The Incubation Program:

The incubation program aims to cultivate a diverse ecosystem of local fact-checking champions to combat misinformation and disinformation. The program includes:

  • Financial support: Chosen organizations will receive a modest grant to cover eligible activities and costs.
  • Technical support: Code for Africa (CfA) will provide hands-on technical training, one-on-one project mentorship, and support from CfA’s staff technologists, data analysts, multimedia producers, and editors.
  • Publishing support: Newsrooms will publish their fact-checking products generated under the project on their respective media platforms and receive assistance in international publication.
  • Organization building: Selected organizations will engage in online consultations with CfA to better understand their audience, refine their fact-checking offering, and develop potential revenue models.
  • Growing reach: CfA will offer amplification/growth support, including scaling/syndication assistance.


  • The organization must not be affiliated with any paramilitary or security organization.
  • It must be based in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Togo, Uganda, or Zambia.
  • The organization must have an existing online presence or a commitment to establishing one.
  • Internet access and internet-capable devices are required for participating journalists/trainees/researchers.
  • The organization must have skilled and available editorial or managerial staff committed to the program.
  • Commitment to timely and open communication from management and team members.
  • Seconded trainees must commit to agreed-upon weekly online training and task-based assignments.
  • Commitment to broadcasting or publishing content produced through the program in the specified cadence and driving engagement on a suitable public platform.
  • Fluency in either English or French for trainees in the language of tuition and mentorship.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 12, 2024

How to Apply

To apply, click here. You can also click here for more information.



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