"supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism"
The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day in the UK. The current chairman is Sir Richard Lambert, former editor of the Financial Times. Sir Richard is supported by a group of trustees who have a background in business, journalism and academia.
Since 1995, The Wincott Foundation has sponsored a programme which has enabled journalists from Eastern Europe to visit the UK for three months of study. In 2015, the trustees decided to refocus the programme on Africa, and the first African fellow, Edwin Okoth of The Nation media group in Kenya, took up his fellowship in the autumn of 2015.
The programme is run in cooperation with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Green Templeton College at Oxford University. The Wincott fellows spend one term in Oxford, and are based at the Institute for the Study of Journalism offices, where they link up with journalists from other parts of the world on the Institute's Journalism Fellowship Programme. The Wincott fellows attended regular seminars each week and occasional special lectures relating to journalism, and they are encouraged to go to other events at Oxford University.
In addition, they undertake a study project on a topic of their choice, leading to the completion of a 5,000-8,000-word paper at the end of their stay; each fellow is assigned an academic advisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the Wincott Fellow's chosen area, for the purpose of this project.
During their stay in the UK arrangements are made for the fellows to visit the Financial Times and other media organisations such as Thomson Reuters or the BBC.
The aim of the programme is to contribute to the development of business and economic journalism in the countries concerned.
Wincott Fellows take up residence in Oxford starting in October, January or April, for a three-month period.
Further details, including application forms, can be obtained from the website of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Further InformationWincott Fellows since 1995