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RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship

Application Deadline: October 12, 2015

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is pleased to accept applications for the 2015-2016 RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to contribute to the professional development of aspiring journalists in Eastern Partnership countries in support of media freedom and independence in the region.

Participation in the Fellowship is guided by RFE/RL’s mission to practice independent, fact-based journalism in support of democracy and human rights. The program, now in its second year, is financed by a grant from the US Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Program Summary

Fellows will be selected from Eastern Partnership countries and placed with a local RFE/RL bureau. They will be integrated into the daily work of the bureau, where they will work on a full-time basis producing reports and multi-media products, while receiving supervision and mentoring from RFE/RL seasoned professionals. As a result of the program, Fellows are expected to strengthen their journalistic skills, expand their professional networks, deepen their understanding of the issues and challenges facing their country, and gain a heightened awareness of the role of independent media in their country.

The Fellowship is for an eight-month term, approximately from November 2, 2015 through June 30, 2016.It will include a visit to RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague for additional professional development.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for the term of the program that is consistent with the local wage scale, workspace at the RFE/RL local bureau, and paid travel and accommodations for the trip to Prague. Housing may be provided for Fellows who must relocate to the capital city to work at the local bureau.

To Apply

Local journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are eligible to apply.

Completed applications are due to RFE/RL at by Monday, October 12.

A complete application should include the following materials:

  1. Cover letter: to include the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program, journalistic interests, values, or experiences that would qualify the applicant for the program, and the applicant’s professional goals following the Fellowship’s completion.
  2. CV: to include personal data, professional experience, educational background, and language proficiency. (English-language proficiency is not required.)
  3. Two work samples in the applicant’s working language, produced within the last 12 months, to include publication information.

As part of the selection process, applicants may be contacted by RFE/RL for an interview in-person, by telephone, or by Skype.


The selection process is competitive. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, their ability to contribute to the work of the bureau, and their professional motivation and goals, as stated in the cover letter.

Applicants will be notified of their selection by Friday, October 16.

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