Latest News and Updates

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.

28 Apr 2011 / 12:32

Meet Our 2011 Fellows

The following applicants have been chosen by our independent selection committee (link) to participate in this year’s fellowship.

28 Apr 2011 / 11:28

BIRN Macedonia Promotes Fellowship Programme

The promotion of this year’s collection of articles, Taboo: Secrecy and Shame in the Balkans, which wraps up the 2010 edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, gathered leading Macedonian journalists and editors on December 21 at the Journalists’ club in Skopje.

19 Apr 2011 / 10:10

Alumni Roma Project Launches

Halfway through the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015, countless Roma in the Balkans remain trapped in a cycle of poor education, unemployment and extreme poverty.

03 Feb 2011 / 10:10

Kosovo TV Debates 2010 Fellowship Investigations

Majlinda Aliu and Jeton Musliu, both 2010 fellows, appeared on a live TV debate show dedicated to their fellowship investigations.

27 Jan 2011 / 12:10

2010 Fellow Scoops Albanian Reporting Award

Fellowship alumni Ervin Qafmolla has received the 2010 Vangjush Gambeta award for best economic report in written media.

30 Nov 2010 / 10:10

Alumni article praised by the Economist

Barbara Matejcic's article Business booms for Croatia's gigolos was praised by Tim Judah, Balkans correspondent of the Economist, on the newspaper's website.


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

Please contact us for any additional information about the programme, or if you have suggestions, remarks or complaints about the web site and its content

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.