04 Apr 2017 / 18:52

Fellows for 2017 selected


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

The programme received 130 applications, many of a very high standard, making the final choice extremely tough. A selection committee comprising seven senior media figures from the Balkans and around Europe evaluated the proposals based on relevance, feasibility and originality, as well as the professional qualifications, motivation and journalistic approach of the applicants.
We thank all applicants and encourages those who were not successful to consider applying again next year.

Here are the fellows for 2017, listed alphabetically by surname:

Arifi Benjamin

Cadjenovic Ivan

Coman Octavian

Gjocaj Shqipe

Iliev Dimitar

Kostic Vladimir

Ljubas Zdravko

Opacic Tamara

Stanic Milos

Tsagkari Alexia


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.