Foundation launches Aries Rufo journalism fellowship

MANILA, Philippines – The Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) on Thursday, September 19, launched the Aries Rufo Investigative and Explanatory Reporting Fellowship Program for Filipino journalists who want to pursue and write stories on social issues, government institutions, or politics. 

The fellowship is in honor of the late investigative reporter Aries Rufo, who wrote for Newsbreak and Rappler on various sectors, such as the church, judiciary, and elections. The award-winning journalist passed away 4 years ago on September 19, 2015.

Fellowship grants will be awarded to 4 journalists from across the Philippines who will demonstrate long-standing interest in pursuing investigative and explanatory reports on various issues concerning key social institutions, such as the national and local government, military, churches, etc.

The fellowship program will run in two cycles in 2020. Two fellows – one based in Manila and one in the province – will be chosen for each cycle.


Each fellow will receive a maximum budget of P100,000, broken down as:

How to apply

Interested applicants must fill up the application form at and submit the following:

Deadlines and fellowship schedule 

First cycle

Second cycle  

The chosen fellows must spend the first 3 days of the fellowship at the Rappler office in Pasig City to work with an assigned mentor. The program will shoulder the fellow’s hotel accommodation and food, and the two-way airfares of those who will come from the provinces.

The JNBF is an independent, non-profit organization that produces public-interest works in various platforms. Founded in August 2011, the foundation seeks to promote in-depth journalism that provides context to important issues and pushes for greater transparency and accountability of officials and institutions.

The foundation was established by the team behind Newsbreak, an investigative reporting group which is now part of Rappler. Its current board of trustees members are Marites Dañguilan Vitug, Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Miriam Grace A. Go, Maan Hontiveros, and Carmela Fonbuena.

JNBF is the publisher of Rufo's ground-breaking book, Altar of Secrets: Sex, Money and Politics in the Philippine Catholic Church

For more information on the fellowship program, email –