Enrolment 2017

Please read the application requirements for the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2017.

Who is it for?

Mid-career journalists who have experience in investigative reporting and who have been carrying out investigations for at least three years.

Experienced journalists who want to learn new trends and work with their younger colleagues.

Editors interested in encouraging investigative reporting in their media outlets.

Representatives of higher education establishments interested in incorporating investigative journalism into their curriculum.

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.

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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 needs and may include an additional cover of up to €100 in travel cost.

Early bird fee

Applications received by 15 July will be charged a reduced fee of 650 euros.


The course fee of 790 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”.

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.

Application Deadline

Applications for scholarships must be received by July 31, 2017.

Standard applications (for non-scholarship applicants) must be received by August 15, 2017.

Applications received by 15 July will be charged a reduced fee of 650 euros.

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)

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In order to apply for scholarship please send your cv, motivation letter and work sample at birnsummerschool@birn.eu.com.

International journalists can apply by sending cv and motivation letter to birnsummerschool@birn.eu.com.

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