Reporters Without Borders Berlin Scholarship Programme 2024 (Fully Funded)

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Deadline: December 4th 2023 | Reporters Without Borders Berlin Scholarship Programme 2024 (Fully Funded)

Title:Reporters Without Borders Berlin Scholarship Programme 2024 (Fully Funded)
Organisation;Reporters Without Borders Germany
Fund/Grant;Fully Funded Scholarships
Deadline;4th December 2023
Eligible countries:All

Applications are being accepted for the Berlin Fellowship Programme: Empowering Journalists in the Digital Field by Reporters Without Borders Germany. Six journalists from crisis areas will be invited to Berlin for a period of six months, starting in May 2024 and ending at the end of October 2024.


The recipients of the fellowship will have time for leisure during their stay in Berlin, where they will also finish an extensive course on digital self-defense for journalists. The Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy, and Public Enterprises provides funding for the programme.


Bloggers, media experts, professional journalists, and citizen journalists who

  • Are willing to fully engage in the programme.
  • Are able to do so, and are exposed to various forms of digital threats and violence, such as doxing or impersonation.
  • They also want to learn more about digital security to enhance their own security and the security of their sources.
  • Finally, they want to share the knowledge they gain from the scholarship programme with colleagues back home.
  • Ideally, they have prior experience teaching or in other knowledge transfer-related fields.
  • We anticipate that applicants will be able to participate in all programme activities, including the in-depth instruction on digital security.
  • For the training term, please budget 20 to 25 hours each week.
  • During the selection process, applications covering investigative journalism on subjects like labour rights, migration, corruption, or the climate crisis will be given favourable attention.


  • Reporters Without Borders will provide housing and payment for a flat in Berlin for the term of the scholarship, cover all travel expenses, handle visa-related issues, award a monthly allowance of €1000, cover health insurance, and pay for public transport in Berlin.
  • Each fellow will take part in a multi-month, in-depth digital security training programme led by knowledgeable instructors.
  • In addition, recipients of scholarships will have access to information about Reporters Without Borders Germany, a human rights and journalism organisation with a global reach, during their time in Berlin.

Time spent in Berlin

  • There is a six-month maximum stay.
  • It begins in early May 2024 and runs through the end of October 2024.
  • The selected participants will be informed of the precise dates of the journey to and from Berlin.


If you would like to apply,

  • Must demonstrate a strong desire to learn in-depth information about digital security for journalists,
  • Possess sufficient experience working as a journalist—whether as a professional or citizen journalist
  • Possess an exceptionally strong command of the English language, as the fellowship programme will be conducted entirely in that language.
  • It’s not necessary to have extensive knowledge about digital security.
  • Anyone who is comfortable using a computer and smartphone is eligible to apply; however, they must be able to participate completely in all programme activities (see the section above on Who Can Apply).
  • Additionally, they must demonstrate their willingness to return to their home region following their fellowship in Germany.

Application materials

To apply for the Berlin Fellowship Programme, kindly complete the

  • the application.
  • the inquiry form
  • To apply for the programme, kindly email the following four documents in four different PDF files.
  • A duly filled-out and signed application form
  • the finished survey
  • your resume along
  • with a proof of identity (passport or ID)

For more information, visit the Reporters Without Borders Berlin Scholarship Program’s official website by 2024.

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