Latest News and Updates

04 Apr 2017 / 18:52

Fellows for 2017 selected

BIRN Team

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

BIRN Team

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

BIRN Team

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!

BIRN TEAM

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.

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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.

04 Mar 2016 / 13:15

BIRN Macedonia Wins Investigative Reporting Award

BIRN Macedonia was awarded the prestigious "Nikola Mladenov" award for investigative reporting for the "Skopje 2014 Uncovered" database and series of investigative reports about the grand revamp of the capital. BFJE Alumni: Meri Jordanovska, Goran Rizaov and Saska Cvetkovska are the part of the awarded teams.

for the "Skopje 2014 Uncovered" database and series of investigative reports about the grand revamp of the capital. - See more at: http://birn.eu.com/en/news-and-events/birn-macedonia-wins-investigative-reporting-award#sthash.B7sOTcnQ.dpuf
for the "Skopje 2014 Uncovered" database and series of investigative reports about the grand revamp of the capital. - See more at: http://birn.eu.com/en/news-and-events/birn-macedonia-wins-investigative-reporting-award#sthash.B7sOTcnQ.dpufBFJE alumni - Meri Jordanovska, Goran Rizaov and Saska Cvetkovska are part of the awarded team!
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04 Mar 2016 / 11:29

BFJE Alumna Barbara Matejcic’s New Publication

New work by Fellow from 2009 looks at the challenging experiences of people rejected or ignored by wider society

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03 Mar 2016 / 13:37

Call for applications closed, Fellowship SC to Judge Applications

120 journalists from 10 eligible countries applied for this years fellowship programme.

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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.