Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative Grants for Journalists

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is launching a call for in-depth investigative stories on transitional justice themes in the Balkans.

Grants are offered to ten journalists to cover topics related to truth, justice, accountability, memory, institutional reform and other issues related to dealing with the past. The selected journalists will receive mentoring by experienced editors.

The call is a part of the Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative project, financed by the European Commission.

The project’s aim is to strengthen in-depth reporting on transitional justice in the Balkans, in order to contribute to a more informed citizenry that is engaged in the democratic process.

Ten journalists will be awarded €1,000 grants to cover their expenses while conducting investigations and writing their stories on transitional justice issues.

The journalists will have around three months to dig deeper and research their ideas, and will also have the opportunity to work with experienced editors as mentors to guide them through the process of writing in accordance with BIRN standards.

The call applies to journalists from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

All further information regarding application process can be found in our application guidelines.

To apply, send the following documents to with the subject “Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative grant application” by November 19th:

  • Resume (CV)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Completed application form 
  • Link to or copy of example of published work
  • Any other relevant documents