Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking and Research Fellowship 2021 (Funded)

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) welcomes applications for the Kwame Karikari fact-checking and analysis fellowship through its fact-checking project, DUBAWA.

Kwame Karikari’s research fellowship program is by Dubawa’s Information Disorder Analysis Centre (IDAC), a project that conducts comprehensive research to build awareness about the information disorder environment after identifying knowledge gaps that can inform policy and democratic debates about technical implications, social media, and political legislation.

However, both the Fact-Checking and Research Fellowships are named after Professor Kwame Karikari, a legendary media freedom advocate and the founder of the Media Foundation for West Africa, MFWA. They are intended to improve public accountability, institutionalize the art and culture of fact-checking in newsrooms, and build knowledge about the phenomenon in the Anglophone axis of the West African sub-region.

Prospective applicants for the Kwame Karikari Research Fellowship must choose from one of the following areas during the fellowship:

  • Politics and its influences on the information disorder ecosystem
  • Policy on social media, data, and new-age technology
  • Policy on Press Freedom
  • Nature, perception, and impact of information disorder
  • Social media, legacy media, and audience communication behaviors.


Successful fellows will be offered a monthly stipend to cover all the investigation and research project costs.


The applicants for the Kwame Karikari fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Postdoctoral and graduate/research fellows are eligible to participate
  • They must be either graduate, postgraduate students, post-doctoral candidates, or persons working in academia in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Liberia.
  • Have at least an intermediate degree of computer knowledge.
  • Possess strong analytical abilities.
  • Possess extensive and demonstrable previous study experience (on any subject).
  • Have a sincere desire to learn more about the IDAC project and contribute to its advancement.
  • Be able to devote enough time or effort to the fellowship.
  • Be ready to reach the deadlines for the deliverables.
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Application Process

To apply to the Kwame Karikari fellowship program, click here.

Deadline: May 7, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.