Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2016: Open Call


Do you have an idea for a big story? Do you want to write and report it to the highest standards, with quality editorial support and a generous expenses budget that lets you explore your subject in depth? Would you like that story to be published across southeast Europe and perhaps even more widely?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, now is the time to apply for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Each year, 10 journalists are chosen through open competition to conduct in-depth research into a topic of regional and EU significance. The theme for 2016 is TRUST.

Experienced journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants receive a €2,000 bursary, up to €2,000 in travel and reporting expenses, close editorial supervision and mentoring, and the chance to attend international career development seminars and be published in the most influential regional and international media. In addition, the top three articles chosen by an international jury will receive awards of €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000.

Don’t miss the chance to become part of a growing network of journalists across the region committed to excellence in their profession.

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2016.

The application form, guidelines and further information about the fellowship are available online at