Progres Foundation is announcing a Data Fellowship in partnership with ForSet

Have you ever thought of working on an educational project that benefits the public in Turkmenistan? If you are a researcher, blogger from Turkmenistan and you are interested in data storytelling for public education, then you should apply for a data communication and storytelling fellowship!

ForSet is a Tbilisi-based creative enterprise on a mission to strengthen change-makers using data, design, and technology. Founded in 2017, it is one of the first organizations of its kind in Georgia and unites the country’s some of the best designers, illustrators, animators, researchers, journalists, and web developers to uncover stories behind vast data and to visualize them.

Progres Foundation supports various progressive initiatives that benefit the public in Turkmenistan. has been working to improve public health literacy in Turkmenistan over the last 11 years, including becoming a leading source of COVID-19 information in the Turkmen is an online analytical journal that promotes nuanced understanding of the societal trends in Turkmenistan by providing quality research and policy analysis.

The Data Communication Fellowship is a 6-8 month-long program that consists of 2 weeks long Tbilisi-based training and an online mentorship program. During this time fellows will advance their skills in data collection, data analysis, data storytelling, information design, etc. They will be responsible for researching, writing, designing, and publishing data stories under the guidance of ForSet’s and’s team. Each fellow will have to create up to 2 data stories on topics of public health, economy, culture and arts, history, literature. Stories created by fellows will be published either on or

Apply for the Data Communication Fellowship at ForSet if you are interested and satisfy the following requirements:

  • can reside and work anywhere but committed to develop content in Turkmen, English, Russian for audiences in Turkmenistan focused on public health, economy, culture and arts, history, literature;
  • are a communications specialist, activist, designer, a journalist or coder interested in public education;
  • have the demonstrable capacity in storytelling;
  • has working level proficiency of Turkmen;
  • are fluent in written and spoken English;
  • will be available to spend up to 2 weeks in Tbilisi in May of 2023 (exact dates will be announced at later stages);
  • are able to participate in an online mentorship program and other activities (online meetups, webinars, conference calls);
  • want to create stories on public health, economy, culture and arts, history, literature; 
  • will commit to producing a set number of stories prior to and post-Tbilisi visit;
  • are committed to continue applying acquired skills in your work after the fellowship;
  • have no political party or religious organization affiliation.

2-4 fellows will be selected for the program of Spring-Summer 2023.

The program offers:

  • fully funded round trip ticket for all fellows;
  • honorariums for each story fellow produces prior to and post-Tbilisi visit. Honorariums for stories vary based on the complexity;
  • organizers will cover their Tbilisi-visit living costs.

The deadline for receiving applications is January 25, 2023.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to:

  • take a test based on the pre-provided study materials;
  • submit a story project plan;
  • attend an interview with the project team.

For any program-related questions, please contact Mariam Gamkharashvili at


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