Applications are now open for THE AFRICA FACT-CHECKING FELLOWSHIP – ETHIOPIA (AFF-ETH) 2024. The Africa Fact-checking Fellowship – Ethiopia (AFF-ETH) is aiming to develop a network of citizen fact-checkers that can recognize and combat false information in Ethiopia. Having successfully gone through the fellowship, alumni will be more knowledgeable content producers who will share their knowledge with coworkers and peers. As a result, people will feel more motivated to develop and spread verifiable information as they become more aware of the negative repercussions of misinformation. They will work to improve online information’s integrity and veracity (based on facts) as well-known advocates for digital rights.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

The fellowship is intended to provide a better understanding of hate speech and its mitigation in Ethiopia to individuals and groups involved in media, peacebuilding, civic engagement, conflict resolution, and diaspora or refugee Ethiopian community participation. The fellowship will bring together community members who are active influencers in countering hate speech and developing counternarratives to raise awareness of the issue. The fellows will speak for a range of societal players, including human rights CSOs, educational institutions, local government agencies, equality groups, and youth movements.

The fellowship will result in building digital resilience as the fellows and the people they reach after the training will have a deep understanding of the effects of online propaganda, fake news, fear and hate speech, which will, in turn, enable them to employ counter-strategies which will foster digital democratic resilience.


April, May, and June 2024


The fellowship will adopt a hybrid approach, featuring weekly two-hour online sessions and several in-person sessions during the fellowship duration. Accepted fellows will engage in a virtual learning environment, utilizing resources shared on Google Classroom and participating in ongoing fellowship mentorship through a dedicated Telegram group for team updates outside of session hours. 

Virtual sessions throughout the fellowship will be held in English and the local language specific to each region, facilitated via Zoom.


  1. Age should be 18 – 35
  2. Basic skills in computer
  3. Possession of a smartphone, personal computer or both with regular internet access.
  4. Digital presence with at least two social media profiles
  5. Fluent in English and at least one Ethiopian native language.
  6. Demonstrable experience and expertise in media, peacebuilding, civic engagement and conflict resolution

Ideal fellow

The fellowship targets young content creators with an influential presence in traditional media and/or Social Media Activists, community leaders, Journalists, lawyers, and artists. Individuals are willing to work towards creating positive societal change through digital media and advocacy. 

Target Audience

  1. Students
  2. Content Creators (Bloggers, Journalists, social media influencers, artists)
  3. Civil society activists
  4. Community leaders
  5. Academia (Teachers and Researchers)

N.B.: Selected applicants will be notified by email of their selection for the program by April 18th, 2024

For More Information and to apply for the Africa Fact-checking Fellowship – Ethiopia. Visit the THE AFRICA FACT-CHECKING FELLOWSHIP – ETHIOPIA (AFF-ETH) 2024 FOR ETHIOPIAN CONTENT CREATORS’ official website.

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