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Regional Reporting Fellowships

About Regional Reporting Fellowships

The RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship was launched in 2014 to help aspiring journalists pursue their profession in support of pluralism in countries belonging to the European Union’s Eastern Partnership program. Fellows are placed in a local RFE/RL bureau for eight months, where they combine full-time work as reporters with training and mentoring by RFE/RL professionals. The program improves their journalism and builds their capacity to contribute to the development of a free press.

The fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic and administered by RFE/RL. Fellows for the 2017-2018 program year were selected from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Call for Applications

RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship November, 2017 – June 2018

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship. For more information please click here

Current Fellows

Regional Reporting Fellowship

Marine Khachatryan, Armenia

Marine Khachatryan spent three years working for Armenian TV company A1+, prior to which she worked on the program 168 Hours for the new sites,, and She has attended several courses in journalism to increase her professional qualifications, and is completing her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Journalism, Yerevan State University. Her mother tongue is Armenian. She also speaks English, Russian, and German.

Sophio Datishvili, Georgia​

Sophio Datishvili currently works for the Gender Information Network of the South Caucasus as a journalist and digital media manager. Prior to that she worked as an investigative and political reporter for the broadcasting company Rustavi 2, the news website Publishing House Navigator, and the daily English newspaper, The Messenger. She graduated with a Master’s degree from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in the Faculty of Journalism and Media Management. She speaks GE,EN,RU.

Mihaela Savca, Moldova

Mihaela Savca works for Teleradio-Moldova as a TV presenter and editor. In this capacity, she identifies topics, conducts interviews, writes articles and scripts, and edits video. She also hosts the show, Be Young. She was previously an intern at the same channel from 2012 to 2013, and has worked as a reporter and web editor for the web portal She has a Master’s degree in Public Communication from the University of European Studies of Moldova. Besides her mother tongue of Romanian, she speaks Russian, English, and French.

Natalia Patrikieieva, Ukraine

Natalia Patrikieieva is currently working on a project called Access to Truth, which is being developed by the NGO Center of United Actions. Previously, she has worked as a freelancer for the BBC in Ukraine, and for Urban Space Radio as an author of radio programs. She has attended many educational courses and workshops, and graduated from the Ukrainian Catholic University with a Master’s degree in Media Communication. On top of her native Ukrainian, she speaks Russian and English.

Former Regional Reporting Fellows 2016/2017

Anush Muradyan, Armenia, Anastasia Piliuhina, Belarus, Veaceslav Ceban, Moldova, Viktoriia Zhuhan, Ukraine. For more information about former fellows, please click here

Award for Olga Komarova, Ukraine

Olga Komarova, a former participator in RFERL’s Regional Reporting Fellowship program, won Best Radio Report for her story Will Ukraine open for Belarus a route by river to the sea?. Olga is a native of the Odessa region, and is a journalist and co-founder of the local news site Re: Post , which has become a key online source of local news. Olga has also worked at MiG TV studio as a reporter and TV presenter, and was a freelance journalist with the newspaper Ukrainian Week. Olga Komarova holds an MA from Odessa National Economic University. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English read more.