2022 International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) Global Fact-Checking Mentorship Program

Deadline: December 3, 2021.

The International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute in partnership with Meta is pleased to announce the launch of a global mentorship program that will leverage the expertise of member organizations in the peer-to-peer exchange of information. These programs will later be scaled to be offered to the wider IFCN community; deliverables for scaled training can include webinars, online courses, case studies, etc.



  • The program is open to IFCN signatories, fact-checking organizations as well as ecosystem partners that have demonstrated success or expertise in a given area.
  • Mentors will be required to provide educational materials to support other fact-checkers & journalists
  • Applications that include a partnership between an IFCN signatory and another organization will also be considered but would require an additional MOU which will be provided in the application

Demonstrated expertise is defined as documented success in developing or implementing training and development on a core topic area. Examples might include:

  • Previous completed project in the subject area with success metrics
  • Previously conducted training/teaching
  • Existing training materials or curricula on the subject matter
  • Public recognition or awards around the organizations establish success in a given area


  1. All mentees must be signatories to the IFCN Code of Principles in good standings.
  2. They must also commit to completing all required training and assignments.
  3. More details on requirements for mentees will be provided when that application process kicks off in early 2022.


  1. Selected mentors will receive $50,000, distributed in payments outlined in the Terms and Conditions.
  2. Selected mentees will receive $5,000 upon completion of the training.



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