Fellowship for journalists from the South Caucasus to cover the topic of the “Future”

Saturday, 25 June 2022




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Chai Khana announces a full time, three-month fellowship with flexible hours for early career journalists interested and motivated to improve their skills. The fellowship will include training and mentoring by Chai Khana staff, and invited mentors. Selected fellows would attend regular training sessions, have weekly assignments and mentorship meetings and would be expected to produce a total of three articles over the course of the fellowship. To qualify, fellows cannot be employed full time elsewhere and must be located in the country where they will be working.


Selected fellows will be mentored in researching, interviewing, creating a narrative flow, and using sourcemaps and a timeline to organize reporting. In addition to individual mentoring sessions, selected fellows will attend training lectures conducted by guest speakers. Fellows will receive all necessary support to deliver three articles, including one in-depth article, which will be published on Chai Khana’s platforms. 


The stories should cover the topic of the “Future.” Uncertainty has become a byword for 2022. The stories produced within the programme should address the following questions; what are the issues defining the future for your community and country? What issues concern the next generation the most? Who and what decides the future?


All selected participants will receive a monthly stipend of 300 Euro for the length of the fellowship. Chai Khana will cover additional production costs such as local travel and accommodation. 


The majority of the training and mentorship sessions will be conducted online. The physical meetings in the second half of September will be planned in Tbilisi, Georgia. Fellows will be expected to travel to Georgia from September 17 to September 24, 2022.


In addition the selected fellows should be prepared to travel locally to complete their assignments. 

About Chai Khana


Chai Khana is an award winning, visually-driven storytelling platform. We cover untold human stories and connect  alternative, original voices across the region to reveal the lives of ordinary people in the South Caucasus. Chai Khana’s commissioned works have been nominated at internationally renowned festivals such as Visions du Reel, Annecy International Animation Film Festival and others. 


Since its foundation, Chai Khana has been supporting filmmakers, journalists and photographers from the South Caucasus by bringing their stories to the spotlight. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to receive hands-on experience and be part of a diverse editorial team. The fellowship aims to cultivate media professionals who are eager to put their stories in a larger context and be mentored by some of the best trainers from, and outside of, the region. 


We believe that this initiative will significantly contribute to creating a new generation of independent, creative media professionals from the South Caucasus - a mission that Chai Khana stands for. 



The deadline for submitting the pitch is June 25, 2022 at 23:00:00 (Tbilisi, Baku, Yerevan time) The tentative start date of the fellowship is July 7, 2022.


The tentative end date of the fellowship is October 20, 2022


The selected candidate will be allowed to take two weeks off in August. 



- Applicants must be citizens, or residents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine or the conflict regions in the South Caucasus;

- Applicants with a strong command of English will be prioritized during the selection process;

- Applicants must agree to work on three articles, including one in-depth article;

- Applicants must submit a draft proposal for the in-depth article on the topic of “future”;

- Applicants must be available to report/attend meetings and trainings 40-hours per week duration of the three-month fellowship;

- Applicants must be willing to travel within the region for reporting purposes;

- Applicants should be interested in continuing to work with Chai Khana as a freelancer by applying to future open calls.

To apply, please provide:


1. Please fill in the following application form

2. Motivation letter

3. CV

4. Work samples

5. One recommendation letter


For any additional questions please check FAQ below




Who can write the recommendation letter?

Recommendation letters should be provided by media professionals who have worked with you or are familiar with your work. If you have not had any professional experience as a journalist, you can provide a recommendation letter from one of your professors at university or an employer at a different job. Likewise, letters from mentors or instructors are also acceptable. 


How many hours per day/week will be required to fulfill the fellowship? I have a job and want to understand the fellows’ responsibilities and time commitments. 

Fellows can expect to spend around 40 hours per week in training and working on assignments. Fellows are expected to turn in assignments and tasks on time and attend all workshops and lectures - conducted on site or online. 


Should I have experience in a specific field for this fellowship?

The applicant should have a basic technical knowledge of photography and photo editing.


Who should write the recommendation letter and what questions/topics should it cover?

The purpose of the recommendation letter is to provide insight into your work/education experience and your commitment to photojournalism. The letter can be provided by an employer, professor, instructor or mentor. 


What should I provide as work samples?

Please provide samples of your photography-related work. Please, provide several examples from your portfolio. 


Is a strong command of English important for the fellowship?

A strong command of the English language is important as some training courses and mentorship will be conducted in English.


I am a native English speaker and a resident of Georgia, Armenia, or Azerbaijan. I do not yet speak enough Georgian, Armenian, or Azerbaijani to be able to report in a non-anglophone environment. Is that ok?

Thank you for your interest in the fellowship program. Your application will be considered by the selection committee although priority will be given to applicants who are fluent in English and a local language due to the fellowship’s curriculum and training program. 


Can I send my work samples in Georgian (or other local language)?

Work samples can be provided in a local language.


Can I send a motivation letter and other documents in Georgian (or other local language)?

All supporting documents can be provided in a local language. 


How important is the recommendation letter for my application?

All supporting documents, including a recommendation letter, are mandatory to be considered for the fellowship.


Will the meetings and/or training be held online or in person?

At this point, most meetings are planned to be held virtually, over zoom. In-person meetings are planned in the second half of September. 


I wish to submit my application to this program. Therefore, I would appreciate it if you could specify the requirements for the motivation and recommendation letters, especially the word limits and who should write the recommendation letters.  

The motivation letter should be no longer than 500 words and the recommendation letter should not exceed 300 words. For more information about the recommendation letters, please see questions one and five.

If you can not find answers on your question, please get in touch with Teona Goderdzishvili at natali.chkhartishvili@chaikhana.media

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