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Balkanske stipendije za novinarsku izvrsnost

Deadline: 01.03.2011.

Scholarship administrator: Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
Level: stucni studij
Field of study: Social Sciences
Place of study: Europe


Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, are pleased to announce the launch of the fifth Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme.

Experienced journalists are encouraged to apply and submit research proposals on 2011’s theme: JUSTICE.

Successful fellowship applicants will receive:

  • A bursary of €2,000, a travel allowance of up to €2,000 and the chance to participate in a seven-month programme of professional development
  • The opportunity to travel across the region to produce an in-depth report of regional and European significance
  • Training from internationally recognised journalists and experts
  • The opportunity to have their work published Europe-wide and become a member of a growing network for journalistic excellence in the Balkans


Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania or Serbia
  • Have demonstrable experience in journalism
  • Be able to communicate fluently in English (NB: reporting may be done in local languages)
  • Obtain the agreement of his/her employer to participate in the fellowship (where applicable)

The fellowship
The programme features an introductory seminar held in May 2011 in Vienna, mentorship of each fellow's research and reporting, individual research trips to countries in the region and the EU, as well as a concluding seminar and award ceremony held in November 2011 in Berlin.

Experienced editors from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network provide hands-on support to fellows throughout their work, while the seminars in Vienna and Berlin ensure participants learn about current issues of concern in the EU, meet Austrian and German political and economic figures and establish contact with the fellowship’s media partners: Süddeutsche Zeitung and Der Standard.

An independent selection committee will select three winning articles and award €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000 to the top three prize-winning fellows.

The fellows final reports are disseminated in all local languages and in English, and are published in an e-book that can be accessed and downloaded from the fellowship website: http://fellowship.birn.eu.com

Fellows are encouraged to maintain contact and support new programme intakes through an alumni network.


Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2011. Application forms and guidelines are available on the website: http://fellowship.birn.eu.com

For more information contact:
Dragana Žarković Obradović
Fellowship programme manager
Gospodar Jevremova 47/III floor
11 000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel/fax: +381 (0)11 6 555 91
Email: fellowship@birn.eu.com


More info:



Application form (189 kb)


Previous year's competition

Balkanske stipendije za novinarsku izvrsnost (2010)
Balkanske stipendije za novinarsku izvrsnost (2009)
Balkanske stipendije za novinarsku izvrsnost (2007)




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