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Scholarship for journalists from countries in crisis or at war

Tuesday 7 June 2016, by SIGNIS

Berlin, June, 7th, 2016 (RWBG). The “Rest and Refuge Scholarship” is a new project run by Reporters Without Borders Germany and the taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to “die tageszeitung” (taz), the daily newspaper from Berlin.

The scholarship invites two journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. They will be offered a time of refuge and rest up to three months. (The first journalist will be invited from September to November 2016, the second from November 2016 to January 2017).

The scholarship offers travel expenses, a decent apartment, pocket money and free transportation in Berlin for up to three months. Participants may completely withdraw from public life, use the time for writing or thinking, or they may want to explore political life in Berlin.

Who can apply?

  • Journalists who need a time out from their difficult working conditions. This might be the case after covering stories in an oppressive environment or after covering stories in war or unrest.
  • Journalists who feel the need to lie low awhile and get out of the view of state security because of their journalistic work.
  • Participants have to be able to communicate in basic English or in German. Participants should have a relevant working-experience as journalists. They must have the intention to return to their country after three months.

Please use the application form (Word document) and send the other requested documents to: auszeit@reporter-ohne-grenzen.de.
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2016.

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