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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.