Grants for Journalists, Artists, Historians and Activists

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is launching a call for small project proposals on exploring archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and local courts in ex-Yugoslav countries that dealt with war crimes cases.

Grants are offered to ten journalists, artists, historians and civil society activists to cover topics related to memorialisation of the courts’ archives in order to promote truth, justice, accountability and other topics related to dealing with the past. The selected grantees will be mentored by BIRN staff during the process.


Journalists, artists, historians and civil society activists willing to dig deeper in the archives of the ICTY and national courts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.


10 grants; €2,000 per grantee.


Small projects on exploring archives of the ICTY and local courts that dealt with war crimes cases in former Yugoslav countries. Your project can be an investigative story, video/short film, courts’ statistics and data visualisation, publication, exhibition, multimedia project, social media campaign or something else that comes to your mind. In short – anything that will creatively use courts’ archives in order to promote truth, justice and accountability in the Balkans. Through your project, you can explore the questions such as criminal justice, victims’ testimonies, missing persons, reparations, lustration, responsibility as well as the other issues related to transitional justice and dealing with the past.

The project’s aim is to promote and disseminate the archive of the international and local courts, in order to build capacities of target groups to use legacies of courts to fight denial and disinformation among Western Balkan societies, thus increasing their intercultural dialogue and prospects for reconciliation.

The grantees will have around six months to dig deeper and research their ideas, and will also have the opportunity to work with experienced editors and mentors to guide them through the process.

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


To apply, send the following documents to [email protected] with the subject “Balkan Transitional Justice Programme grant application”:

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

Deadline for sending your application is September 30, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Application form

Application guidelines

The call is a part of the Shaping and promoting the war crime trial narratives in the Western Balkansproject, financed by the Matra Regional Rule of Law Program.