29 Mar 2012 / 16:16

More than 100 Applications for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Received

Fellowship Team BIRN

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

Meanwhile, busy BIRN team-members have launched preparations for the selection process which will start this Wednesday, March 7th.

In the upcoming days, we will announce the exact number of eligible applications received per country.

Members of the Selection Committee will begin the process of choosing the journalists to participate in this year’s programme, who will become members of a growing network for journalistic excellence in Balkans.

This year’s programme consists of two seminars, the international research of fellows’ own reporting project, mentoring and editorial followed by the world-wide promotion and syndication of fellows’ articles. 

The International Selection Committee consists of six permanent members from the media community in the Balkans, Austria and Germany, as well as one annual member, who is an expert on this year’s Fellowship theme - communities.

The results of the Committee’s deliberations will be announced on March 29th on our website fellowship.birn.eu.com, while all candidates will be individually informed about the results of the fourth annual competition for the Balkan Fellowship.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, alongside partners - the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, would like to thank all of the applicants for their interest in the programme and wishes them the very best of luck.


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.