28 Mar 2016 / 14:21

Ten new fellows chosen for the 10th edition of BFJE!

The programme received 119 applications for 2016; the selection committee chose 10 participants from across the region.

Applicants from around the Balkan region pitched their story ideas on “TRUST”, the theme for the 10th edition of the BFJE. A selection committee comprising seven senior media figures from the Balkans and around Europe evaluated the applications based on the relevance, feasibility and originality of the proposals, as well as the professional qualifications, motivation and journalistic approach of the applicants.

As ever, many of the applications were of a very high standard, leaving the committee with some tough choices.

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

Here are the fellows for 2016, listed alphabetically by surname:

-          Adrian Lungu, Romania

-          Aleksandrina Ginkova Georgieva, Bulgaria

-          Bojan Blazevski, Macedonia

-          Diana Mesesan, Romania

-          Dimitra Triantafyllou, Greece

-          Elvis Nabolli, Albania

-          Maria Milkova, Bulgaria

-          Marija Jankovic, Serbia

-          Masenjka Bacici, Croatia

-          Serbeze Haxhiaj, Kosovo


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.

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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.