Applications Open for 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence


Working on an investigation about communities in the Balkans? Don’t miss your chance to scoop a €2,000 journalism bursary, receive travel and research expenses and attend career development seminars in Vienna and Skopje.

Experienced journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia are invited to apply for the sixth annual Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme.

Each year, ten journalists are chosen, through open competition, to receive funding and professional support to conduct further research into a topic of regional and EU significance – for 2012 the subject is communities. Fellows are expected to deliver investigative stories of no more than 2,000 words that will inform regional readers about issues that have not been covered by the media before. Applicants selected by an independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a €2,000 bursary, up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses and will attend career development seminars in Vienna and Skopje. In addition, the top three articles, again judged by an independent committee, will attract awards of €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000. Completed articles will be published in English and local languages in regional and European online and print media.

Annual Topic: Communities
Applicants are encouraged 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.

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 was established in 2007 by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, to promote journalistic excellence and advance balanced coverage of complex reform issues that have regional and European Union significance.

The closing date for applications is March 5, 2012. The application form, guidelines and further information about the fellowship are available online:

To learn more about the Fellowship watch “I am a Dreamer