Enrolment 2018

Please read the application requirements for BIRN’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2018.

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.

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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 the basis of need. They may additionally cover up to €100 in 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.

Early bird fee

Applications received by May 22, 2018 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”.

Application Deadlines

Applications for scholarships must be received by July 20, 2018. No application for an assisted place will be considered after this deadline.

Standard applications (for non-scholarship applicants) must be received by August 1, 2018.

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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