Application Call 2015

Applications Open for 2015 Balkan Journalism Fellowship. Deadline February 25th.

You’re good but want to achieve excellence, make an impact on an international level? Would you also like a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research to produce an in-depth story? The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence is a chance to advance your career and work on a story you can be proud of. You will be supported by experienced editors and journalists from around the region and beyond and you will also attend career development seminars.

Stories from the programme will be published by BIRN and by prominent regional and international media outlets. The top three stories, as selected by an independent jury, will also receive cash awards.

Experienced journalists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Greece and Serbia are eligible to apply for the ninth annual Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Each year, ten journalists are chosen through open competition to receive funding and professional support to conduct in-depth research into a topic of regional and EU significance – for 2015 the subject is Values.

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Send us your application with your proposal for a story based on the theme of Values by February 25.

Applicants selected by an independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses. They will also attend international seminars and receive continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories.

Completed articles will be published in English and local languages by leading regional and international media. In addition, the top three articles will receive awards of €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000.

The closing date for applications is February 25, 2015. The application form, guidelines and further information about the fellowship are available online:

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.

For more information contact:

Natalia Zaba

Fellowship programme manager, BIRN

Kolarceva 7/V

11 000 Belgrade, Serbia

Email: [email protected] 

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Topic 2015: Values

The theme for this year’s fellowship is Values. Let the topic inspire a new idea for a story. Or think of a story you’ve wanted to do and see if you can link it to the topic.