Achilles Data is a two-month course for aspiring journalists and media students from the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the aim of familiarizing participants with the basic tools, current trends and in-depth methods of modern investigative journalism.

Applications for Achillova Data 2021 are now closed.


The Course

  • This course accepts 3- to 5-member teams of students. (Exceptions are possible. The organiser reserves the right to form teams of registered individuals).
  • Teams first undergo a three-day series of workshops (14 – 16th October 2021)
  • Each team is assigned a mentor, whom the students consult with for the duration of the course
  • Teams submit their final project by 15th December 2021, which usually consists of an article plus interview and infographics
  • The course ends with a final meeting in February during which the best project is chosen and participants receive a written evaluation of their work from the judges



Jana Ustohalová (Deník N)
David Klimeš (Aktuálně.cz)
Markéta Dobiášová (Reflex)
Laura Kellöová (
Zuzana Petková (Nadácia Zastavme Korupciu)
Xénia Makarová (Nadácia Zastavme Korupciu)
Lukáš Diko – Investigatívne centrum Jána Kuciaka
Michal Šverdík (Olomoucká Drbna)


Jindřich Šídlo (Seznam Zprávy)
Pavla Holcová (
Stevan Dojčinović (OCCRP/KRIK)
Jan Cibulka (Český rozhlas)
Miranda Patručić (OCCRP)
Josef Šlerka (
Adam Valček (freelance)
Tomáš Němeček (freelance)


The course is organized by the Bakala Foundation and the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism  and Nadácia Zastavme Korupciu.

Information for candidates

Admission and selection criteria

  • A team of 3-5 students or recent graduates from journalism and media schools in the Czech Republic
  • Submission of a complete online application
  • Very good knowledge of English

Price of the course

The Achilles’ Data course is tuition-free for all teams and their members selected to the program. Costs related to the students’ participation in the opening series of workshops in Prague are covered by the Bakala Foundation.

Conditions for successful completion of the course

  • Participation in the opening three-day training course in Prague
  • Independent investigative team activities throughout the duration of the course, brief written notes from a team meeting once a week will be sent to the BF contact person
  • Active cooperation with the mentor
  • Submission of the investigative project and its presentation at the final event