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About RFE/RL’s Fellowships

RFE/RL’s fellowships contribute to the professional development of aspiring journalists while supporting media freedom and independence. Each fellowship is guided by our mission to provide accurate, independent journalism that supports democracy and human rights.  

RFE/RL selects Fellows through a highly competitive process. Programs equip Fellows with innovative journalistic skills and involve them in the daily editorial debates and discussions that inform a professional and independent press. Through this process, our Fellows become standard-bearers of the journalistic profession and leaders in their communities, online, and on air.

Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship

The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship is available to aspiring, independent journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation. In the cases of Belarus and Russia, only journalists living outside of these two countries can apply. The purpose of the Fellowship is to help journalists from the region pursue their profession in support of media pluralism and independence. Fellows spend six months at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, where they are placed with an appropriate language service, and a final month at a local RFE/RL bureau (if applicable). Applications for the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship are currently closed.

Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship

The Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship is available to aspiring, independent journalists in the Western Balkans. Fellows spend six months at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, where they are placed with the Balkan Service, and a final month at a local RFE/RL bureau. Applications for the Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship are currently closed.

Regional Reporting Fellowship

RFE/RL’s Regional Reporting Fellowship equips aspiring journalists from Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans with skills and editorial expertise. Fellows spend eight months in a local RFE/RL bureau and travel to RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague for two weeks to receive additional training. Applications for the Regional Reporting Fellowship are currently closed.

Mahsa Zhina Amini Fellowship

The Mahsa Zhina Amini Fellowship is a three-month remote program that aims to support women in the pursuit of their rights and freedom of expression. Fellows work closely with Radio Farda editors to develop content on women’s rights in Iran.

Reza Haghighatnejad Investigative Reporting Fellowship

The Reza Haghighatnejad Investigative Reporting Fellowship is a six-monthremote program that intends to support investigative reporting about Iran, as well as to develop fact-based and data-driven reporting skills among the next generation of reporters who cover Iran.

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RFE/RL Fellows

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RFE/RL's Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows standing around a podium on a visit to DC.

RFE/RL’s Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows Visit Washington, D.C.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows visited Washington, D.C. last week.

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