Reporters in the Field
Reporters in the Field

Become a Fellow

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.

We welcome applications from teams of professional, freelance or staff journalists who work for media outlets (print, broadcast, Web, or cross-media) all over Europe. No age limit applies.

The next call is scheduled for 2017.

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.
Apply as a team
"Reporters in the Field" supports international cooperating journalist teams from all over Europe. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, please contact us.

In your application, 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.

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. 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 a workshop in Berlin. About three months after the workshop, we expect you to send us your completed story and prepare it for publication by your chosen media outlet.