Each year, 10 journalists are chosen through open competition to receive funding and professional support to conduct in-depth research and write journalistic stories that reveal something new about our world — or that reveal the familiar in a new light.
As well as answering the who, what, when, where and why of your story, your proposal should answer the question: so what? Why should your readers care?
Our flagship Fellowship programme is expanding. After 14 years of supporting journalists across the Balkans, they are now also accepting applications from Visegrad Group countries — Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
The Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence provides financial and editorial support to professional journalists who have strong ideas for cross-border stories. This year’s theme is the Rule of Law.
They welcome applications from mid-career journalists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia.
Applicants selected by an independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a EUR 3,000 bursary, covering their fee as well as travel and research expenses. They will also attend international seminars and receive continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories.
Stories from the programme will be published by BIRN and by prominent regional and international media outlets.
In addition, authors of the three best articles will be awarded EUR 3,000, EUR 2,000 and EUR 1,000.
How to Apply?
The proposal for a fellowship reporting project must be submitted using the Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence application form. It must be accompanied by the signed declaration of the applicant.
Completed applications should be sent as electronic files by email to: [email protected]
Or by post to:
Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence – Application
Kolarceva str. 7/V
For more information, please visit the official web page.