Latest News and Updates

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.

22 Oct 2010 / 16:45

Two more articles available on line!

Articles by Romanian fellow Georgiana Ilie and Kosovo Fellow Jeton Musliu are the latest articles published within 2010 Balkan Fellowship programme.

11 Aug 2010 / 09:53

Make Use of Our Resources

The Balkan Fellowship programme invites you to visit the Resources section(link) of our website, where you can find a collection of educational and training materials valuable to professional journalists and editors.

02 Jun 2010 / 16:46

First Balkan Fellowship Alumni Meeting in Becici

More than 20 journalists from the Balkan region and elsewhere gathered last weekend in the coastal resort of Becici, in Montenegro, for the first Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Meeting.

13 May 2010 / 16:56

Balkan Fellowship Story praised at the GIJC

An Investigative story, written by 2009 Fellow Adrian Mogos (link) received an honorable mention at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, held in Geneva in April 2010.

06 May 2010 / 12:28

An inside look into the Berlin Seminar

The Seminar in Berlin, which officially launched this year's programme, included an intensive agenda with wide range of guest speakers from Germany, UK and 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.

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.