PRESS RELEASE 2014-01-20

Applications Open for 2014 Balkan Journalism Fellowship


Don’t miss your chance to scoop a €2,000 journalism bursary, receive travel and research expenses, attend career development seminars and see your story published Europe-wide.

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

For the first time this year journalists from Greece are also invited to apply and participate in the Fellowship programme.

Each year, ten journalists are chosen through open competition to receive funding and professional support to conduct in-depth research into a topic of regional and EU significance – for 2014 the subject is GENERATIONS.

Applicants selected by an independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses. They will also attend international career development seminars and receive continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories.

Completed articles will be published in English and local languages in prominent regional and international media. In addition, the top three articles will attract awards of €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000.

The closing date for applications is March 5, 2014. The application form, guidelines and further information about the fellowship are available online:

In order to foster quality reporting, initiate regional networking among journalists and advance balanced coverage on topics that are central to the region as well as to the EU, the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme  is supported by the ERSTE Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.

For more information, please contact:

Dragana Žarković Obradović, Fellowship programme manager
e-mail:, phone: +381 (0)11 6 5555 91

ERSTE Foundation
Andreea Gurău, Communications Manager
e-mail:, phone: +43 (0) 50100 19614,