Deadline: October 6th 2023 | Public Audit Media Fellowship Program Nigeria(N30 000)

PLSI is implementing a Public Audit Media Fellowship to help independent media actors use audit data to investigate, report, and expose corruption at the subnational level in Nigeria as part of its MacArthur Foundation-funded project to strengthen public audit practises and accountability at the state level in Nigeria.


The Fellowship will last for four weeks, with two days of physical time in Abuja, Nigeria, and six days of virtual time across the first three weeks. Onboarding of Fellows will begin in October 2023.

The chosen fellows would receive assistance in analysing state government yearly audit reports, tracking public expenditures with the potential for corruption, and looking into such expenditures with a view to revealing trends or reporting incidents of wrongdoing for potential retribution by competent authorities. The media outlet where the fellows work will publish the 10 investigative pieces that resulted from the fellowship.


  • We’ll provide you a N30,000 stipend to cover the costs of your virtual training.
  • In addition, PLSI will pay for all expenses related to the two days of on-site training in Abuja, including a round-trip ticket in economy class, lodging, and per diem.
  • PLSI will also give each colleague N100,000 extra to help with story coverage and logistics. In order to get feedback and potential support for the proposals, we will also undertake rounds of engagement with stakeholders.
  • As applicants are ideally full-time writers, print, radio or broadcast journalists, filmmakers, bloggers or other media creators with well-established records of publication, dissemination or broadcast in local, regional or national markets, or among targeted audiences or constituencies, PLSI does not guarantee the publication of stories in the Nigerian dailies.


  • With the exception of the North Central geopolitical zone, this media fellowship will identify and train 10 journalists (two from each), from the other four geopolitical zones of Nigeria, on how to investigate, report on, and expose corruption at the subnational level in that country.
  • The South East-focused Anambra State, the South South-focused Delta State, the South West-focused Ekiti State, the North West-focused Kaduna State, and the North East-focused Yobe State are the specific states that are the focus of the media fellowship.


  • The application period is from September 25, 2023 at noon WAT, through October 6, 2023 at 5:00 PM WAT. From the pool of applicants received from the open call, we anticipate that the Public Audit Media Fellowship will be able to accommodate 10 investigative/media journalists in the inaugural cohort.
  • We will conduct evaluations and interviews from October 6–12, 2023, due to the volume of anticipated applicants. Our hand-picked panel of judges, which consists of seasoned journalists and civil society leaders, will conduct the reviews.

For more information, visit Public Audit Media Fellowship.

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