Apply Now for 2012 Fellowship

Your chance to investigate stories about COMMUNITIES at home and abroad with funded research, travel expenses and career development seminars in Vienna and the region.

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

To apply, read or download the following:

About the fellowship

Application guidelines

Application form 2012 [word document 183kb]


For this year's programme, we encourage applicants to consider the annual theme, communities, in a broad sense. Candidates should examine different groupings - political, economic, national, gender, generational - and the relationship between them, external influences and the development of entirely new groups or factions.

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, current and original.

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 European 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.

Remzi Lani, director of the Albanian Media Institute and a member of the programme’s selection committee, described the fellowship as “a success story”.

“The programme offers a unique opportunity for detailed, in-depth reporting in your country and beyond. At the same time, if offers fellows the opportunity to meet colleagues and industry professionals from across Europe.

“Publication of the fellows’ articles in the most important media in the region and internationally is certainly clear proof that this project is a worthy venture - an opportunity that should not be missed,” he said.

Click here, to find out what 2011 Fellowship programme winner, Juliana Koleva, has to say about the programme and here to read useful tips by alumni fellow Nikoleta Popkostadinova.   

The fellowship programme was established in order to develop and support Balkan journalists reporting on complex reform issues by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.