Reporters in the Field
Reporters in the Field

Become a Fellow

Dialog and diversity are at the heart of our program, and we know that the best reporters come from vastly differing backgrounds.
 

At "Reporters in the Field", we embrace diversity.

Whilst we do have some eligibility criteria, what ultimately counts for us is your passion for excellence, your uncompromising standard of research, and your creativity in finding and pursuing your research topic. And of course, we want to see your completed story at the end – in whatever way you decide to produce and publish it!

The grants are awarded by an independent jury of distinguished international journalists.

Please review the following information and our FAQ carefully before applying. If you find that you have any remaining questions, you are welcome to contact us.

The program is offered bi-anually with the following deadlines for application:

  • Round I:   02. October, 2015
  • Round II:  26. February, 2016

Applications should only be made in English via our online portal.

We welcome applications from professional, freelance or staff journalists who work for media outlets (print, broadcast, Web, or cross-media) in one of the program countries. Applications can be made by individuals or reporter teams. No age limit applies.

Program Countries
German-speaking: Austria, Germany, Switzerland,

Non-German-speaking: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Hungary , Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Language requirements
Please note that the program and the program 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.
If you want to apply as a team
We especially encourage team applications by cooperating journalists from the German- and non-German-speaking countries covered by the program. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, please contact us.

If you apply as a team, please designate a project leader, who will act as your spokesperson and as your representative for all correspondence, administrative and budgetary purposes.

Only one, joint application should be submitted per team, and 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.
Your research proposal: Please experiment!
Be creative and courageous in selecting your research topic. We welcome proposals that make a difference in more than one way! We support original or unconventional research ideas, projects that contribute new insights or approach issues from unusual angles, and imaginative ways of story-telling.

Our program is based on cross-border investigation:

Journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are invited to apply with research proposals based in the non-German speaking program countries. Please see the list of countries included in the scheme

Journalists from the non-German-speaking program countries are invited to propose research for stories based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Please consult the FAQ for the detailed application requirements.
Calculate the funds you apply for
The extent of the grants allocated will depend on the scope and budget plan of your project. Please note that the maximum grant available is 5.000 € per single project – whether you apply individually or as a team. The grants cover the cost of your research activities: travel and accommodation, communication, research materials, or fees for third parties (e.g. interpreters). Freelance journalists may also claim a contribution to daily allowances. We expect a transparent budget plan with your application.
Get a media commitment
We want to foster your research, but of course we want to see your final story reach the widest possible audience, too! Please include a written commitment by a relevant media outlet in your home country that they are interested in publishing the results of your research.
… and take your story to completion
Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to discuss your research in two separate workshops. About six weeks after the second workshop, we expect you to send us your completed story and prepare it for publication by your chosen media outlet.

Our independent, expert jury panel will select the three outstanding, completed stories from the Award Year 2015/16. The winning Fellows are invited to a special award ceremony in Berlin in December 2016.