Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship 2019 – 2020 for Journalists from the Western Balkans

RFE/RL is pleased to accept applications for the 2019 – 2020 Jiří Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to help aspiring journalists from the Western Balkans pursue their profession in support of media pluralism and independence. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and RFE/RL that is inspired by Jiří Dienstbier Sr.’s contributions to journalism, foreign policy, and human rights, and intended to further RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more just and open societies through journalism.


Fellowship term: November 18, 2019 – June 26, 2020
Deadline for applications: June 2, 2019
The Fellowship accepts applications from journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.


Fellowships are for a term of approximately seven months. Fellows will spend six months at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, where they will be placed with the Balkan Service to receive daily, on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. For two weeks before the term in Prague, Fellows may be assigned to an RFE/RL bureau in the region to gain an understanding of RFE/RL’s local role and editorial practices, and meet local staff. After Prague, Fellows will return to the bureau for the final month of the program.

A monthly stipend at the bureau and in Prague, housing, insurance, and travel arrangements to and from Prague shall be provided.

The main components of the program are:

  1. Professional mentoring alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals.
  2. Training and development of journalistic skills on traditional, multi-media, and digital platforms.
  3. Participation in the daily editorial discussions that inform a professional and independent press.
  4. Independent work on a personal project.
  5. Understanding of the mission and practice of a professional, free, and independent media.

The Fellowship also features workshops on journalistic practices and tools, discussions with government officials, civic leaders and regional analysts; visits to local media and news agencies in Prague; and professional development opportunities in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.

Fellows will be expected to represent themselves and the Fellowship, in English, in public events and discussions relating to media freedom in their country.

Please, find APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS on the RFE/RL website

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