Deadline to apply for the GIJC17 fellowship was May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). Applications are now closed. Winners will be notified via email by August 1, 2017. The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) is the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists, held once every two years. This year, the 10th conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 16 to 19, and is being co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme.

Need a Roommate?

We’ve created this Google doc to help people to find a roommate for the Conference. Just add your information in this spreadsheet. The changes will be automatically updated every few minutes. Note: Once you find a roommate please delete yourself from the list! Couchsurfing: Find an accommodation with Hostwriter

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Note: Deadline for submissions was May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). Submissions are now closed. Every two years, the Global Investigative Journalism Network presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The winner receives an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the 2017 Global Investigative Journalism Conference to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world. Note: Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5), for stories published or broadcast between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

Visa Information

Requirements for visitors’ visas differ from country to country. Be sure to review whether you need a visa to enter Germany. If your country is not listed as visa exempt, you should make inquiries at the nearest German embassy. Find an overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany here. More information is available on visa regulations and application procedures here.

Tourist Information

The Hamburg App is a handy in-your-pocket guide with tips for attractions, bars, cafés, clubs, restaurants, events and shopping ideas.Download it on Apple here and Android here. Hamburg is not only Germany’s media capital but also a city worth visiting for many other reasons. In its “52 Places to Go in 2017” list the New York Times names Hamburg “a haven for architecture and design” and highlighted Zaha Hadid’s meandering promenade along the Elbe river and the Elbphilharmonie, a glass-paneled building mounted atop a former warehouse, which are both within walking distance from the conference venues. Lonely Planet lists Hamburg in its “Best in Travel 2018” top ten. Hamburg was an independent city state for hundreds of years.


We have identified a number of quality hotels in the city and negotiated discounts for attendees. Available group booking codes are listed in descriptions of the hotels below. We expect heavy attendance and rooms will fill up, so book early if you can. Keep checking this page as we will update as hotels fill up. The conference begins Wednesday evening, Sept.