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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to contribute to the professional development of aspiring journalists in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries in support of media freedom and independence.

The Fellowship is guided by RFE/RL’s mission to provide accurate, independent journalism in support of democracy and human rights. The program, now in its fourth year, is financed by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic.

Program Summary

Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from Eastern Partnership countries and placed with a local RFE/RL bureau. They will be integrated into the daily work of the bureau, where they will work on a full-time basis to produce content across all journalistic platforms and participate in editorial discussions under the supervision and mentoring of professional RFE/RL colleagues. As a result of the program, Fellows are expected to strengthen their journalistic skills and knowledge, develop their editorial judgment, expand their professional networks, and deepen their understanding of the role of an independent press in their country.

English-language proficiency is not required.

The Fellowship is for an eight-month term, running approximately from November 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. It will include a visit to RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague for additional professional development.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for the term of the program that is consistent with the local wage scale, workspace at an appropriate RFE/RL bureau, and paid travel to and accommodations in Prague. Housing may be provided for Fellows who must relocate to work at the local bureau.

To Apply

Journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are eligible to apply.

The deadline for completed applications is

Monday, September 24, 2018

Applications must be sent to RFE/RL at

A complete application must include the following materials:

  1. Cover letter: to include the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program; journalistic interests, values, or experiences that would qualify the applicant for the program; and the applicant’s professional goals following the Fellowship’s completion.
  2. CV: to include personal data, professional experience and affiliations, educational background, and language proficiency. A copy of the CV in English must be provided.
  3. Two work samples in the applicant’s working language, on any platform, published within the last 12 months, demonstrating the applicant’s best work.

As part of the selection process, applicants may be contacted by RFE/RL for an interview, in-person, by telephone, or by Skype.

Personal Information

In sending the application I give my consent to RFE/RL to retain and process my personal data for the process of evaluation of the RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship. The data will be maintained for a period of 6 months starting on September 24, 2018.


The selection process for the fellowship is competitive. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, their ability to contribute to the work of the bureau, their commitment to the program’s mission, and their professional motivation and goals, as stated in the cover letter.

Applicants will be notified of their selection on

Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Questions may be directed to