Latest News and Updates

23 Oct 2017 / 15:33

BIRN Wins 2017 Kosovo Journalism Poverty Prize


A story about women raped during the Kosovo war and their struggle for justice has been awarded the 2017 Journalism Poverty Prize in Kosovo.

08 Jun 2017 / 00:18

Balkan Fellowship Journalist Elvis Nabolli Wins Investigative Award

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Elvis Nabolli, a 2016 fellow in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, has won the award for best article by young investigative journalist, as part of the part of EU Investigative Awards in Albania.

09 May 2017 / 11:46

BFJE 2017 launches in Vienna


At least one story promises to read like a crime thriller. Others will delve deep into corruption, public health and human rights. All involve meticulous research and the highest standards of cross-border reporting.

04 Apr 2017 / 18:52

Fellows for 2017 selected


The 10 participants for this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have been chosen.

31 Mar 2017 / 15:42

Eleventh Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence


Call for applications for the 11th edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence (BFJE) closed recently and the results will be announced on April 4th. The 2017 topic is “Change”. A total of 130 journalists from 10 countries applied for this year’s programme.

01 Mar 2017 / 16:22

10 Tips for Producing Top BFJE Stories


As the March 8 deadline for applications for the 2017 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence fast approaches, our 2016 programme editor Matt Robinson prepared tips and tricks for producing strong fellowship stories, aimed at helping the chosen applicants to best get to the bottom of their topic:

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10 Dec 2016 / 20:10

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence – 2016 winners chosen!


Serbeze Haxhiaj was awarded first prize for the 2016 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme at a closing ceremony in Pristina on Friday.

27 Apr 2016 / 10:59

Tenth edition of BFJE launched in Vienna!

The tenth Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence got underway in Vienna with a multimedia workshop, reporting/writing tips and tailored editorial guidance for 10 new fellows from across the Balkan region.

14 Apr 2016 / 15:52

2016 Fellowship kicks off in Vienna

The tenth edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence will be launched in Vienna on April 20.

28 Mar 2016 / 14:21

Ten new fellows chosen for the 10th edition of BFJE!

The programme received 119 applications for 2016; the selection committee chose 10 participants from across the region.


About Us

In order to foster quality reporting, initiate regional networking among journalists and advance balanced coverage on topics that are central to the region as well as to the EU, the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme  is supported by the ERSTE Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.

What is the Fellowship?

Journalists from the Balkans are increasingly required to cover complex reform issues, taking in a regional and Europe-wide dimension. The fellowship provides editorial guidance, training and adequate funding to do so.

Our Partners

Prominent German, Austrian and Swiss newspapers, Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Standard and Neue Zürcher Zeitung are media partners of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme. Besides being involved in the selection committee, they participate in seminars, support fellows if needed and seek to republish the best articles produced by them.

Contact Us

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Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of seven prominent media figures from the Balkans and Europe. Each year, committee members read, evaluate and select story proposals for the fellowship.

Fellowship Team

Editors and journalists from across the region and beyond all work together to make the Balkan fellowship a truly international experience. Scroll down this page for more information on our editorial team.