Please read the application requirements for BIRN’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2019.
Who is it for?
Journalists who have experience in investigative reporting and who have been doing investigations for at least three years.
Experienced journalists that want to learn new trends and work with a new generation of reporters.
Editors interested in encouraging investigative reporting in their media outlets.
Representatives of higher education establishments interested in incorporating investigative journalism into their curricula.
International correspondents from the Balkans or elsewhere who are interested in finding out about the challenges faced by their regional colleagues.
Representatives of organisations involved in the fight against organised crime and corruption.
Early bird fee
Applications received by June 1, 2019 will be charged a reduced fee of 650 euros.
The course fee of 750 euros is all-inclusive, covering tuition, rooms and all meals. The fee also includes BIRN’s published textbook “Digging Deeper: A Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans”.
Scholarships for journalists from the Balkans
A limited number of full scholarships will be available to exceptional candidates. These will be awarded on merit and need basis. As this is 10th summer school, alumni of the previous editions are also eligible to apply. Additionally, up to €100 are available to reimburse the travel costs.
Eligibility criteria for Scholarships
Journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia with at least three years of experience in journalism.
Applicants must supply a sample of their published work translated into English.
Participants are eligible to apply for financial and editorial support to conduct cross-border investigations relevant for the Southeast Europe. If you have a story idea that has a cross border significance, submit a short pitch and budget, together with the application form. Both individual journalists and teams are eligible to apply.
Applications for scholarships must be received by July 20, 2019. No application for an assisted place will be considered after this deadline.
Standard applications (for non-scholarship applicants) must be received by August 1, 2019.
All participants will receive a BIRN Summer School certificate.
Application procedure for all applicants
Completed application form
Letter of motivation
Sample of work (for scholarship applicants only)