Latest News and Updates

26 Dec 2011 / 14:01

BIRN Macedonia Promotes 2011 Fellowship

The promotion of this year’s collection of articles, entitled Justice: Rights and Wrongs in the Balkans, which wraps up the 2011 edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, saw top Macedonian journalists and editors gather on December 19th at the Journalists’ club in Skopje.

13 Dec 2011 / 11:04

Kosovan Fellow Wins UN Journalism Prize

Selvije Bajrami, a journalist from Pristina who participated in the 2011 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, wins a United Nations’ journalism award.

25 Nov 2011 / 21:18

Bulgarian Journalist Wins 2011 Balkan Fellowship

Juliana Koleva, a journalist from Bulgaria takes first place in the 2011 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence for her story about the treatment of asylum seekers in the region.

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18 Nov 2011 / 14:39

Bulgaria to Revise Asylum Policy

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Sofia has taken the first steps towards stopping the use of detention centres for immigrants after the publication of a Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence report into the routine ‘jailing’ of asylum seekers in Bulgaria.

17 Oct 2011 / 09:15

2011 Fellow Wins Global Journalism Team Award

Stevan Dojčinović, a Serbian journalist who took part in the 2011 fellowship, is one of a team of journalists awarded the Daniel Pearl Global Investigative Journalism top prize.

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06 Sep 2011 / 15:44

ERSTE Stiftung Community Gathers in Alpbach

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence alumni joined artists, journalists, researchers and activists taking part in ERSTE Foundation’s annual get together at the Tyrolean village of Alpbach.

02 Sep 2011 / 16:27

2011 Fellows Complete Competition Articles

Participants in this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have submitted their investigation write-ups by the September 1 deadline, ahead of the selection committee vote in November.

21 Jun 2011 / 11:11

Alumni Win Milena Jesenská Fellowships

Two BFJE fellows will spend three months conducting funded research in Vienna after being selected to participate in the Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists.

25 May 2011 / 14:03

Fellows Shortlisted for International Award

Adrian Mogos and Jeton Musliu, both alumni of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, have been shortlisted for this year’s Dusko Jovanovic investigative journalism prize.

04 May 2011 / 11:29

Balkan Journalism Fellowship Opens in Vienna

The 2011 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme got under way on Tuesday, as ten journalists from across the region attended an opening seminar in Vienna.


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.