Apply Now for 2014 Fellowship

Your chance to investigate cross-border stories about GENERATIONS with funded research, travel expenses, career development seminars and publishing arrangements in international media.

Experienced journalists across the Balkans are invited to apply for the eighth annual Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme.

Deadline for application is March 5, 2014.

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For this year's programme, we encourage applicants to consider the annual theme, GENERATIONS. Ensure you think about your story's significance not just in your home country, but also in at least one other regional state and within the European Union. Choose phenomena that are relevant and current but don’t forget that best proposals will put a big ideas into sharp focus and people at the heart of the story.

Journalists selected by our independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a €2,000 bursary, up to another €2,000 for travel expenses and will attend career development seminars in Vienna and the region.

Completed articles will be published in English and local languages in regional and international online and print media.

In addition, the top three articles, again judged by an independent committee, will attract awards of €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000.

Most of all, participation in a fellowship programme will be rewarding experience that will enhance your professional experiences and allow you to extend your reach beyond the borders.

“With the help of this fellowship I could do quality journalism. I had the necessary time, money and editorial support in order to put together the little pieces of the corruption mechanism, in a way that cannot really be shown by everyday press. As a bonus, I made friends among the cool journalists in the region. And this network is maybe the most important legacy of the programme for the future of journalism in the Balkans”, said 2013 Fellowship winner, Vlad Odobescu.

The fellowship programme was established in 2007 in order to develop and support Balkan journalists reporting on complex reform issues. It is supported by the ERSTE Foundation and Open Society Foundation in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.