BIRN Summer School 2017 in Dubrovnik (Apply for scholarship by 28 July !)

Dubrovnik and its stunning coastline will be the setting for the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting in 2017.

This year’s BIRN Summer School will be held in the stunning Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik from August 20-26.

The summer school will bring together some of the world’s best journalists and trainers for a six-day programme.

Reporters will have the opportunities to learn cutting-edge investigative skills and enjoy the delights of the Adriatic Sea.

Reuters editor Blake Morrison, three times a finalist for the Pulitzer investigative award, has been appointed lead trainer.

He will be joined by multiple-award-winning reporter/editor Miranda Patrucic from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Henk van Ess, an expert in Open Source Investigative Journalism, plus others.

During the sessions, journalists will learn how to dig for data, convince difficult sources to talk, transform their research into sparking prose and harness the power of video.

All participants will have the opportunity to apply for the Investigative Story Fund andthe three best story ideas will be awarded with funding ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 euros.

Who is it for?

Mid-career journalists who have experience in investigative reporting and who have been carrying out investigations for at least three years.

Experienced journalists who want to learn new trends and work with their younger colleagues.

Editors interested in encouraging investigative reporting in their media outlets.

Representatives of higher education establishments interested in incorporating investigative journalism into their curriculum.

International correspondents from the Balkans or elsewhere who are interested in finding out about the challenges faced by their regional colleagues.

Representatives of organisations involved in the fight against organised crime and corruption.

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Scholarships for journalists from the Balkans

A limited number of full scholarships will be available to exceptional candidates. These will be awarded on merit and needs and may include an additional cover of up to €100 in travel cost.


The course fee of 790 euros is all-inclusive, covering tuition, rooms and all meals. The fee also includes BIRN’s published textbook “Digging Deeper: A Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans”.

Eligibility criteria for Scholarships

Journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia with at least three years of experience in journalism.

Applicants must supply a sample of their published work translated into English.

Application Deadline

Applications for scholarships must be received by July 28, 2017.

Standard applications (for non-scholarship applicants) must be received by August 10, 2017.

All participants will receive a BIRN Summer School certificate.

Application procedure for all applicants

Completed application form

Letter of motivation


Sample of work (for scholarship applicants only)

All information on the BIRN Summer School website 

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