Latest News and Updates

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.

05 Feb 2010 / 12:22

Balkan Fellowship announces Facebook Fan Page

We are happy to have launched our official facebook fan page.

18 Jan 2010 / 14:42

Apply for the 2010 Programme

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, announce the launch of the fourth year of their prestigious fellowship programme for journalists in the Balkans.

13 Jan 2010 / 11:11

Lavdim Hamidi takes a Masters programme in International Economic Relations

Lavdim Hamidi(link), winner of the first prize in the 2008 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence used his €8.000 award for professional development to take a Masters Degree in International Economic Relations at the South Eastern European University in Macedonia.

22 Dec 2009 / 10:20

Fellowship Book Launch in Belgrade

In spite of a heavy snow and a cab drivers' strike, the Belgrade Launch of  the 2009 Fellowship book Identity: In search for Belonging in a Changing Europe gathered many people in the O3one gallery  on December 17th.


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.