Fulbright Scholar Program

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Investigative Journalism

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

Primary duties involve teaching two courses on Investigative Journalism at the University of Tirana, one in the BA program with a group of 30 students and one in the MA Program with 20 students. These courses aim to help  students acquire investigative reporting skills. The MA Program was designed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British Embassy and will be launched in the academic year 2020-2021.

Secondary duties will be related to the Journalism Lab Project managed by the Albanian Center for Quality Journalism. The Scholar will provide mentoring and coaching to 12 student participants in the project by working with teams on the actual investigations. Stories will be published on the website and on a the 31 Minutes TV program (modeled after 60 minutes). The Journalism Lab program consists of intensive classroom training (sources of investigative journalists, ethics and self-censorship, access to information law, interview techniques, data journalism, search and research, fact checking, etc.) and hands on experience with investigating and writing stories.

Award Length
4-5 months
Award Dates

October 2021 to February 2022


Department of Journalism, Tirana University

The primary host institution is Department of Journalism at Tirana University. It was founded in 1992 and is part of the Faculty of History and Philology. Most of the faculty members are also journalists in print and audiovisual media outlets. The three-year BA program offers study programs in General, Culture and Art, Political, and Economic Journalism. At the Master level, programs include Public Relations, European and International Journalism, Intercultural Communication, Media Marketing, and Media Management.

The secondary host institution is the Albanian Center for Quality Journalism. This is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by young professionals based in Tirana, Albania. The leadership team consists of young professionals with a background in media and law. The Center’s key focus is the training and sharing of information among young up-and-coming investigative and data journalists, and the promotion of ethical journalism through the different mediums available.

For additional information, contact Mr. Mark Marku, Head of the Journalism Department, markmarku@hotmail.com and Roden Hoxha, Executive Director, Albanian Center for Quality Journalism rodenhoxha@gmail.com

University of Tirana

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in the appropriate specialization, including Investigative Journalism.

Special Features

The host institution will help the Scholar to identify and secure acceptable housing. Post reviews all housing available options to assure they meet required standards.

Application Deadline
Professional Project

A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Number of Recipients
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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