Latest News and Updates

19 Apr 2010 / 13:30

Alumni gathering in Montenegro

Past fellows of the programme will get together next month to discuss media policies and media development in the region and the opportunity to develop joint initiatives.

13 Apr 2010 / 16:57

Seminar in Berlin - Preparations Underway

This year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence will get underway officially at an introductory seminar and training session in Berlin, a week-long event, starting on April 27th.

30 Mar 2010 / 10:20

Balkan Fellowship 2010 Results

We are very pleased to announce the names of the ten journalists selected for the 2010 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

17 Mar 2010 / 10:25

Final List of 2010 Fellows to be announced soon

28 candidates have been short-listed, out of a total of 150 applications received on the topic of ‘Taboo’.

09 Mar 2010 / 12:20

Candidate short-listing underway

Balkan Fellowship team members are engaged in selecting the best candidates for this year’s programme, on the topic of ‘Taboo’.

02 Mar 2010 / 11:23

More than 150 applications for the Balkan Fellowship received

This year’s competition for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence is closed as of today.

23 Feb 2010 / 15:30

Deadline for submitting applications approaching

We remind all of those interested in submitting research proposals on 2010’s theme – “TABOO” (link), that the fellowship program is opened until March 1st, for journalists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania or Serbia.

17 Feb 2010 / 14:45

2010 Programme Promotion in full swing

We are pressing ahead with Fellowship promotional campaigns while queries and applications continue to arrive from countries covered by the scope of the programme.

10 Feb 2010 / 10:10

First fellowship alumni meeting to be held in 2010

On the occasion of the annual meeting held on Monday, February 8th, in Vienna, future development of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence was agreed between three partners.


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.