Reporters in the Field
Reporters in the Field

Become a Fellow

Reporters in the Field – Application Round I/2017 (closed)

Are you a reporter who wants to dig deeper? Who teams up to explore a story from various perspectives? Who feels that complex research doesn’t stop at borders?

The program Reporters in the Field promotes research projects by journalists from all over Europe. It offers grants of up to 5,000 € to international teams, for cross-border research of a relevant story of their choice.

The deadline was May 1, 2017.

Our program aims to foster international dialogue and understanding. Selected teams will receive not only the grant but professional mentoring and assistance for research trips provided by our program office. Furthermore, they will participate in a workshop in Berlin, where teams can meet up with invited experts and exchange with other teams. Reporters in the Field is a program by the Robert Bosch Stiftung hosted together with the media NGO and agency n-ost.


  • International teams with at least one professional, freelance or staff journalist who works for an established media outlet (print, broadcast, web, or cross-media) are eligible to apply with cross-border research proposals. Team members from different corners and layers of society are also welcome! No age limit applies.
  • Your team must be based in at least two of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.


  • Find an original topic that works for cross-border journalism and is of relevance in Europe.
  • Team up with international colleagues or contact us: if you have a convincing story but no team yet, we can help you to find one.
  • Realize your research: You can use our grant to support travel costs or remuneration. If you find that your topic requires research at home, team members can spend the money in their home countries.
  • Publish your story in your preferred language.


  • Prepare your application in English using our online application form. You can save your application before submitting it. Applications made via email or post will not be considered and cannot be returned. The next deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.
  • Designate a project leader, who will act as your representative for all correspondence, administrative and budgetary purposes. 
  • Only one, joint application should be submitted per team, but do include CVs and further information on the individual team members. In your proposal, detail the tasks of the different team members in your research project. Please review the detailed description in the application form carefully before applying. If you find that you still have questions, please contact us.
  • The teams are selected by an independent jury of distinguished international journalists.


Our aim is to enable original and innovative cross-border research. This is difficult enough, so we don’t set up many conditions. However, we expect that:

  • You realize your story as an international team or tandem. Using expertise from various countries and connecting journalists and experts from different spheres lies at the heart of our program idea. We think that collaborative cross-border journalism is a crucial way to foster international understanding and to face current challenges in media and society.
  • Your whole team participates in our workshop from June 30 to July 2, 2017 and one of your team members participates in a workshop in November 2017. Please note that the program and the workshops are run in English, and you need an advanced level of spoken and written English to participate. Whilst we expect the completed projects to be produced in the language of your chosen media, you will be required to submit English abstracts and translations for the workshops and the program in general.
  • Your grant can be used for all research related costs, but keep in mind that we need a report on your expenditures. The maximum grant available is 5,000 € per single project, which should support but not necessarily completely cover the costs of your research activities.


  • May 2017: Jury session and notification of the applicants
  • June 2017: Pre-research phase, where teams prepare and begin their research to be able to present the first results during the first workshop.
  • June 30 - July 2, 2017: First workshop, where teams can meet up with invited experts to discuss ideas, work on story angles and plan a road-map forward. (All costs will be covered.)
  • June - November 2017: Mentoring and research phase, where the participants return to their home destinations and/or undertake their research trips to collect information for and realize their cross-border stories. Our fellows are going to be mentored by the program office and experts during their work.
  • End of November 2017: Two-days-review session where representatives of all teams meet again to finalize their pieces and discuss them with the jury members and the new fellows of the next round.
  • End of December 2017: Last date of publishing stories – of course you can publish your stories before!