The Nico Colchester Journalism fellowship

The foundation’s aim is to help continental writers understand Britain and British writers understand continental Europe

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The Nico Colchester fellowships were established in memory of Nico Colchester, who died in 1996 after an outstanding career at the Financial Times, The Economist and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Nico had a passion for writing about European politics, economics, and society—and his sharp, witty, authoritative analysis would have been especially precious today

Between the recent migration crisis, the threat of terrorism, the rise of populism, the euro zone’s economic struggles and the UK’s Brexit referendum, the 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”.

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.

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What do the prizes involve and who is eligible?

T wo 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.

Who are the fellowships suited for?

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:

Please send a submission on the subject above, 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  • an unpublished written article, blog post or data-rich essay of max 850 words (pdf or doc)
  • an unpublished 2-minute video (avi or mp4)
  • an unpublished 2-minute podcast (mp3)

Please make sure you submit your work in one of the formats specified. Big files can be sent using a file transfer or file hosting service or by submitting a password-protected link.

Entries should be sent, by the closing date of March 31st 2017, by e-mail to Please include confirmation of your citizenship such as a scan of your passport photo page. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2017.

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