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Vaclav Havel and Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship Programs

RFE/RL offers fellowship programs that provide financial support for outstanding young journalists. We are particularly aware of the special role that young journalists play in our society today.

Two kinds of fellowships are available, each focusing on different countries.

Fellows for 2016/2017 in Pictures

Vaclav Havel Commemoration
DOX Vaclav Havel exhibition
Visiting Senat
Meeting with Jiri Dienstbier
Conference Vaclav Havel dialogues
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Certificates MFA
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About Fellowship Programs

As a fellow you will be placed with a language service in the company headquarters, where you will receive on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. The program will equip you with cutting edge multimedia skills, as you will be involved in daily editorial debates and discussions that inform professional and independent press. This will prepare you to be both standard-bearers of your profession and leaders in your communities, on-line, on air, and in the world.

The Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship (VHJF) is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, generously supported by the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation Vize97. Launched in 2011, it is inspired by the late Czech leader’s belief in the transformational power of free speech and builds on RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more open societies through journalism. More information about the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship is available here.

Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs cites the VHJF in its 2017 Statement on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day

The Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship (JDJF) is a joint program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and RFE/RL, funded by the Ministry. Launched in 2014, it is inspired by Jiri Dienstbier Sr.’s contributions to the fields of journalism, foreign policy, and human rights, and intended to further RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more just and open societies through journalism. More information about the Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship is available here.

Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs cites the JDJF in its 2017 Statement on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day

Fellowship Focus Map

Map of countries to where Václav Havel and Jiří Dienstbier Journalism Fellowships are available.

  • Blue: The Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship
  • Red: The Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship
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About Havel and Dienstbier

​About Vaclav Havel​

Václav Havel was the first post-revolutionary president of independent Czechoslovakia in 1989, and the first Czech president in 1993. He was also a renowned playwright, poet and essayist. Vaclav Havel's name is synonymous with peaceful resistance to authoritarianism and commitment to individual liberty and dignity.
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​About Jiri Dienstbier

While Havel is well-known internationally as the “philosopher king,” a former political prisoner who became president, there is another, less well-known figure in many of the iconic photographs of Havel from that time pictured with him, smiling warmly under a thick, tobacco-stained mustache.
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Current Fellows

Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship Fellows

Salome Apkhazishvili, Georgia

Ms. Apkhazishvili is a journalist from Georgia who previously hosted a daily student talk show on the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Radio (Radio GIPA). As a reporter for the Georgian Public Broadcaster in Tbilisi, Ms. Apkhazishvili focused on cultural heritage, urban planning, education systems, Georgian foreign affairs, and regional conflict in relation to ethnic and religious minorities.

Salome Apkhazishvili, Georgia

Ms. Apkhazishvili is a journalist from Georgia who previously hosted a daily student talk show on the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Radio (Radio GIPA). As a reporter for the Georgian Public Broadcaster in Tbilisi, Ms. Apkhazishvili focused on cultural heritage, urban planning, education systems, Georgian foreign affairs, and regional conflict in relation to ethnic and religious minorities.

Salome Apkhazishvili, Georgia

Ms. Apkhazishvili is a journalist from Georgia who previously hosted a daily student talk show on the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Radio (Radio GIPA). As a reporter for the Georgian Public Broadcaster in Tbilisi, Ms. Apkhazishvili focused on cultural heritage, urban planning, education systems, Georgian foreign affairs, and regional conflict in relation to ethnic and religious minorities.

Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship Fellows

Salome Apkhazishvili, Georgia

Ms. Apkhazishvili is a journalist from Georgia who previously hosted a daily student talk show on the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Radio (Radio GIPA). As a reporter for the Georgian Public Broadcaster in Tbilisi, Ms. Apkhazishvili focused on cultural heritage, urban planning, education systems, Georgian foreign affairs, and regional conflict in relation to ethnic and religious minorities.

Salome Apkhazishvili, Georgia

Ms. Apkhazishvili is a journalist from Georgia who previously hosted a daily student talk show on the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Radio (Radio GIPA). As a reporter for the Georgian Public Broadcaster in Tbilisi, Ms. Apkhazishvili focused on cultural heritage, urban planning, education systems, Georgian foreign affairs, and regional conflict in relation to ethnic and religious minorities.

Salome Apkhazishvili, Georgia

Ms. Apkhazishvili is a journalist from Georgia who previously hosted a daily student talk show on the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Radio (Radio GIPA). As a reporter for the Georgian Public Broadcaster in Tbilisi, Ms. Apkhazishvili focused on cultural heritage, urban planning, education systems, Georgian foreign affairs, and regional conflict in relation to ethnic and religious minorities.

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