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Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2019 - Winners Chosen

Romanian journalist Ani Sandu was awarded first prize for the 2019 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence (BFJE) programme at a closing ceremony in Vienna on Friday.


Unsafe Haven: Life and Death for LGBT Refugees

Shunned, abused, murdered. For many LGBT asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece, every day is a struggle for survival.

Topic 2019

Topic 2019: Freedom

We are surrounded by the promise of freedom. Politicians promise freedom from tyranny, new technologies promise to free up our routines. We are bombarded by messages telling us which cars to buy, which apps to download, which wars to support – messages that appeal to our apparent love of freedom. The EU promises the free movement of people, goods and services. The opponents of the EU promise freedom from the EU. Everyone, it seems, wants us to be free.

Fellows' Diaries

20 Jul 2018 / 12:25

No Limit to Extra Time in Montenegrin Political Football

Dusica Pavlovic
12 Jul 2018 / 13:30

How ‘Sultan Erdogan’ Rallied the Faithful in Sarajevo

Alexander Clapp
09 Jul 2018 / 12:29

Romania’s LGBT Community Rallies Against Intolerance

Claudia Ciobanu
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

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 2017: Change

In interpreting this year’s theme, 10 journalists chosen for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence hunted for signs of change in areas as diverse as human rights, the environment, gender issues, family values, healthcare, electioneering, nationalism and identity politics.


Fellowship Publication 2016: Trust

From the Adriatic to the Black Sea, from Palermo to Plovdiv, this year’s fellows have travelled widely to tell the stories of how trust can be shaken, squandered, misplaced and – sometimes – restored.


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.


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.