Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence: Apply by 12 March 2018

Do you have an idea for a big story? Do you want to 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 make international impact?

If you want to advance your career and work on a story that can make a difference now is the time to apply for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Each year, 10 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 2018 the subject is TRUTH.

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

Send your application with your proposal for a story based on the theme of TRUTH by March 12.

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. Stories from the programme will be published by BIRN and by prominent regional and international media outlets. The top three stories, as selected by an independent jury, will also receive cash awards.

Application Form and Guidelines are available on the Fellowship website

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