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22 Nov 2013 / 17:09

Romanian Superscrieri 2013 Awards Two Fellows

Romania’s national journalistic competition Superscrieri has given awards to Elena Stancu and Vlad Odobescu, both fellows this year of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

16 May 2013 / 13:15

BIRN Fellowship journalist takes European award

The 2013 Reporting Europe Prize has been handed to Sorana Stanescu for her story about the exploitation of migrant workers in the UK, produced under the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

29 Apr 2013 / 17:39

2013 Fellowship gets off to flying start

The ten reporters chosen for this year’s Balkan Fellowship of Journalistic Excellence have planned their assignments over the course of an intensive three-day seminar in Vienna.

17 Apr 2013 / 08:59

BIRN Fellowship Participant Wins European Reporting Prize

Sorana Stanescu, one of the alumni from last year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme, has won the 2013 Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies, UACES award for her article ‘Cheap and Far from Free’.

04 Apr 2013 / 09:30

BIRN Fellowship Alumnus Wins Journalism Prize

Stevan Dojcinovic, editor of the Centre for Investigative Journalism Serbia and an alumnus of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalism Excellence, has won the 2012 Jug Grizelj award for investigative journalism.

03 Apr 2013 / 13:38

Fellowship alumnus wins award in Kosovo

Jeton Musliu, an alumnus of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, has won an award for the best culture story published in Kosovo last year.

29 Mar 2013 / 17:54

Fellows for 2013 selected

The jury in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has selected 10 participants for this year’s programme.

19 Feb 2013 / 04:32

Conference Criticises “Discriminatory” EU Labour Curbs

Speakers at a conference in Bucharest have attacked temporary restrictions that prevent Romanian and Bulgarian citizens from working freely in several EU countries.

11 Feb 2013 / 12:03

Bucharest Conference To Probe EU Labour Curbs

A conference in Bucharest this February will discuss the impact of working restrictions on Romanian citizens in the EU, following an investigation by Sorana Stanescu that won the top prize in the 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

28 Jan 2013 / 17:12

Fellowship Stories Available in Single Publication

The stories produced by the ten journalists who participated in the 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence are now available in the online publication, Communities – The New Ties Reshaping the Balkans.


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.

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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.