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Call for Applications 2017-2018

The call for applications for the 2017 - 2018 Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship has been closed.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to help aspiring journalists from the Western Balkans region pursue their profession in support of media pluralism and independence. It 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.

Selected Fellows are placed with a language service in the company’s Prague headquarters and in the region, where they receive on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. The program equips them with cutting edge multimedia skills, while involving them in the daily editorial discussions that inform a professional, independent press. It helps position them to be both standard-bearers of their profession and leaders in their communities, on-line, on air, and in the world.

Applications are accepted from journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

The term of the Fellowship is November 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Completed applications must be submitted in English to by June 11, 2017.

Candidates will be informed of their selection by June 30, 2017.

Download an application for the Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship here.