Call for applications is closed, Fellowship SC to Judge Applications

130 journalists from 10 countries applied for this year’s fellowship programme.

Following the close of the call for applications to the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, the selection committee is set to choose 10 journalists to participate in this year’s programme.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the programme and also to everyone who helped us spread the word about the fellowship across the region.

Due to exceptionally high number of quality application deadline for announcing the results of selection is postponed from March 31st to April 4th when results will be published on the Balkan Fellowship programme web site.

Good luck!


BIRN Wins 2017 Kosovo Journalism Poverty Prize

A story about women raped during the Kosovo war and their struggle for justice has been awarded the 2017 Journalism Poverty Prize in Kosovo.


Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Powerful parties in the Balkans are suspected of using proxy donors to fill campaign war chests with cash from secret sources. How authorities respond is a test of their independence.

Topic 2017

Topic 2017: Change

Is there a story you have always wanted to write? Can you link it to the topic? Or simply let CHANGE inspire a new story idea. Just make sure you have a strong central proposal, however loosely or closely it is connected to the theme.

Fellowship Articles

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Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Vladimir Kostic
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Hiding in Plain Sight - Kosovo’s Protected Witnesses

Serbeze Haxhiaj
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Patrolling with Impunity in Eastern Europe

Aleksandrina Ginkova
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Past Still Haunts Bulgaria’s Disabled Children

Maria Milkova
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Architects of Modernist Skopje Decry Retrograde Remodel

Bojan Blazhevski
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Cleaning Up Romania

Adrian Lungu

Fellows' Diaries

07 Aug 2017 / 11:30

Choppy Waters in the Fight against Montenegrin Poachers

Ivan Cadjenovic
31 Jul 2017 / 11:07

Hungary’s Battle of the Billboards

Milos Stanic
25 Jul 2017 / 11:36

Are Bulgarian Hospitals Doctoring Patient Data?

Dimitar Iliev
18 Jul 2017 / 12:10

Why Europe’s Measles Crisis is a Political Failure

Octavian Coman
21 Jun 2017 / 00:56

Child Refugees in Greece Battle Mental Trauma

Alexia Tsagkari
13 Jun 2017 / 13:20

Women Prisoners in Kosovo Share Their Stories

Shqipe Gjocaj

About the Programme

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.



Fellowship Publication 2015: Values

What is precious to us? That question is at the heart of the concept of 'Values', the theme for this collection of reportage.

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Fellowship Publication 2014: Generations

Generations: Stories of Social Change in the Balkans is the product of original research of ten journalists selected from South East Europe to participate in 2014 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Fellowship Publication 2013: Integrity

The 2013 topic – Integrity – has been interpreted by the journalists in a variety of ways,touching on themes such as the protection of whistleblowers, corruption, media ethicsand the legacy of war. 


Fellowship Publication 2012: Communities

The theme for this year’s fellowship could scarcely have been broader. After all, almost any group of individuals can be classed as a COMMUNITY. But the generous scope of this topic has served our journalists well. The ten stories here redefine hazier notions of community. They give some well-worn concepts a sharper edge.


Fellowship Publication 2011: Justice

Access to justice and equality before the law are essential for the smooth functioning and well-being of any society. The quality of each and every citizen’s life is directly affected by how well the rule of law is observed in their homeland.


Fellowship Publication 2010: Taboo

Openness is a defining characteristic of the modern Western world - openness to change and to seeing people and things in a new and different light. Never before have societies appeared so ready to accept phenomena that our parents and grandparents would have kept hidden away as shameful and wrong


Fellowship Publication 2009: Identity

At the start of the 21st century, nationality remains central to most people's understanding of identity. But it does not hold the field alone.


Fellowship Publication 2008: Energy

Power Struggle: Meeting Global Energy Challenges in the Balkans is the product of original research of ten journalists selected from South East Europe to participate in 2008 programme of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Publication 2007: Mobility

The Balkan region features a proliferation of barriers to movement of people, goods and ideas, both among the countries that make it up and vis-à-vis the European Union

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.