Become an ICFJ Knight Fellow at PROTO (India)


Important: Only complete applications will be considered, which means applicants must complete all three pages.

This form is to apply for an ICFJ Knight Fellowship and Producer position at PROTO, ICFJ's Indian implementing partner. If you are looking to apply for a Fellowship outside of India, please see this page for more information:

All applicants must select between the research, projects, advisory and skills hub roles. Descriptions available here: A proposal is required with all applications (see page 2 of the application form).

If you have any questions or problems with the online form, please contact Luisa Pires Luciano, Program Assistant, ICFJ Knight Fellowships, at for assistance.

Please note: The International Center for Journalists is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals we serve. By submitting an application, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. To read more about our privacy policies and how this affects you, please visit our webpage

Summary Sheet
Personal Data
Primary Address

Professional Skills

How many years of professional experience do you have in each of the following. Some or all may apply to your fellowship. (Please mark years as a whole number, such as 0, 1, 4, 7, etc.):

International Experience

Please score yourself in language proficiency, other than English, using the following scale:

1 = Elementary Proficiency-Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements

2 = Limited Working Proficiency-Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements

3 = Minimum Professional Proficiency-Able to use language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most conversations on practical, social and professional topics

4 = Full Professional Proficiency-Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs

5 = Native or Bilingual Proficiency-Equivalent to that of an educated native speaker


Professional References

Applicants for an ICFJ Knight Fellowship are required to provide three references who can comment on the applicant’s journalistic, management and leadership qualifications, as well as his/her suitability for an assignment abroad (if relocation is needed).


Reference One
Reference Two
Reference Three


All fellowship applicants must submit a fellowship proposal.

Proposal tip: Longer is not necessarily better. Please be concise and clear. Help us understand your vision and be specific. If we feel it is a strong fit for our mission and goals, we will likely work with you to clarify and refine it further.

Proposal Details:

Note: We may have already identified at least some targeted changes, partners, projects and resources. We still ask you to complete this to understand the vision you would bring as we consider you for this fellowship.

B. You are required to submit  a Fellowship proposal, which clearly and concisely answers the following questions: 

1. How will you approach achieving the goals of this fellowship (please include any strategies and main projects you envision, and which partners could be involved for each)?

2. Please provide a basic timeline for benchmarks, so we can get an idea for when you anticipate key results and what you will need to measure to determine success.

3. Who is tackling a similar problem and how would your approach be different?

4. What changes in journalism and news organizations will you target through this fellowship, and how will they be new and unique to journalism and news organizations in this part of the world?

5. What changes in society will you target through this fellowship (that are not evident in the fellowship opening, or may add more specific detail)?


Statement of Understanding

Applicants are required to complete the statement of understanding.

I, the undersigned, understand and agree that the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), as program administrator, is under no obligation to select me or any other applicant for the ICFJ Knight Fellowships program. If selected to be an ICFJ Knight Fellow, I will agree to the premises and conditions set forth in the following statement:

1. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to assist the international news media in ways that are relevant and useful; I am not seeking this fellowship for purposes of tourism, foreign-news coverage, job seeking, or personal and professional reasons that are irrelevant or contrary to the fellowship’s mission. Because the publication of news articles or feature stories written by fellows during the course of their assignments for publication may jeopardize the program or affect the fellows’ visa status, special permission for any reporting or article writing during the fellowship is required from the program administrator.

2. As a precondition for participation, I agree to: 

  • accept the general assignment designated by PROTO and the administrator;
  • take part in orientation on dates designated by the administrator;
  • work with the local media outlets and other organizations to fashion a compatible and impactful program in India;
  • adhere to all ICFJ and ICFJ Knight Fellowships policies and procedures;
  • submit all program outcome and metrics reports required by the fellowships program (the program administrator and sponsor retain the rights to the reports).

3. I understand that in order to maximize the use of fellowship resources, all travel will be on an economy-class basis.

4. I will be responsible for my own passport arrangements and may be asked to assist with other logistical arrangements related as determined by PROTO.

5. If I decline the specific assignment, time period or destination selected for me, I may do so without prejudice to future consideration if I have made and explained this decision for reasons that PROTO and the program administrator regard as sound.

6. There is no obligation or expectation of future participation in the ICFJ Knight Fellowships program once the assignment is completed. However, I understand that I may reapply for subsequent assignments.

7. I understand and agree that, if any harm comes to me or my family during the program, neither  PROTO, ICFJ nor the ICFJ Knight Fellowships program can be held responsible or liable.

8. If I am selected and accept an ICFJ Knight Fellowship, I will permit my likeness to be used in ICFJ, ICFJ Knight and PROTO promotional material. This can be in print or electronic form.

9. I confirm that all statements in this application are true.

Self-Identification (Optional)

ICFJ is committed to equal opportunity. For informational purposes only, you are invited to identify yourself in certain categories. Please note that you are under no obligation to complete this section. The information or decision not to provide information in this section will not be used as a factor in considering your application.