Now that the deadline for applications for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has passed, the selection committee is set to choose 10 journalists to participate in this year’s programme.
More than 150 journalists from 10 eligible countries applied for the 2015 programme, proposing stories based on the theme of Values.
Selection of the fellows will be based on the following criteria:
Article proposal - Relevance/ Feasibility/ Originality
Candidate - Professional qualifications/ Motivation/ Journalistic approach
The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence partners thank all applicants for their interest in the programme and for all the effort they have invested in their applications. Thanks are also due to everyone who helped spread the word about the programme across the region.
The results of the selection process will be announced in early April on the programme website.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.