30 Mar 2014 / 11:22

Fellows for 2014 selected

The 10 participants for this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have been chosen.

The programme received a record 162 applications for 2014. Many were of a very high standard, making the final choice extremely difficult.

The programme’s selection committee evaluates applications based on the relevance, feasibility and originality of the proposals, as well as the applicants’ professional qualifications, motivation and journalistic approach. The committee is comprised of seven senior media figures from the Balkans and around Europe.

BIRN thanks all the applicants and encourages those who were not successful to consider applying again next year.

Here are the fellows for 2014, listed alphabetically by surname:

  • Jeta Abazi, Kosovo
  • Boryana Dzhambazova, Bulgaria
  • Konstantinos Kallergis, Greece
  • Marija Knežević, Croatia
  • Branko Krivokapić, Montenegro
  • Tanja Matic, Serbia
  • Marija Mitevska, Macedonia
  • Dragana Pećo, Serbia
  • Lina Vdovîi, Romania
  • Krasimir Yankov, Bulgaria


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

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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.