The 10th Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Competition Still Open for Applications

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Become a BFJE fellow this year! To download and fill in the application to participate, please go to

You have still two weeks to think about the topic you’d like to cover.

Journalists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Greece and Serbia are eligible to apply for a bursary until March 1st.

Also this year, ten journalists from across the region will be chosen through open competition to receive funding and professional support to conduct in-depth research into a topic of regional and EU significance.

Send us your application with your proposal for a story based on this year’s theme of Trust by March 1st.

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 seminars and receive continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories.

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

The closing date for applications is March 1st, 2016. 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 contact:

Fellowship programme manager, BIRN

Kolarceva 7/V

11 000 Belgrade, Serbia