RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship
The application process for the 2016-2017 Regional Reporting Fellowship is now closed. Click here for application requirements or contact Jana Hokuvova for more information.
The RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship contributes to the professional development of aspiring journalists in Eastern Partnership countries in support of media freedom and independence in the region. The program is open to aspiring journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Participation in the Fellowship is guided by RFE/RL’s mission to practice independent, fact-based journalism in support of democracy and human rights. The program, now in its second year, is financed by a grant from the US Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Program Description And Selection Process
Fellows are selected from Eastern Partnership countries and placed with a local RFE/RL bureau. They are integrated into the daily work of the bureau, where they work on a full-time basis producing reports and multi-media products, while receiving supervision and mentoring from RFE/RL seasoned professionals. As a result of the program, Fellows are expected to strengthen their journalistic skills, expand their professional networks, deepen their understanding of the issues and challenges facing their country, and gain a heightened awareness of the role of independent media in their country.
The 2015-2016 Fellowship is for an eight-month term, approximately from November 2, 2015 through June 30, 2016. It includes a visit to RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague for additional professional development.
Fellows receive a monthly stipend for the term of the program that is consistent with the local wage scale, workspace at the RFE/RL local bureau, and paid travel and accommodations for the trip to Prague. Housing may be provided for Fellows who must relocate to the capital city to work at the local bureau.
Local journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are eligible to apply.
The selection process is competitive. Applicants are selected on the basis of their qualifications, their ability to contribute to the work of the bureau, and their professional motivation and goals, as stated in a cover letter.
Applications for the 2015-2016 fellowships are no longer being accepted. Please check this page regularly for news on how to apply for future RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowships.