Rest & Refuge Fellowship – Apply Now!

Rest & Refuge Fellowship – Apply Now!

The Rest and Refuge Fellowship is now open for applications!

The Rest & Refuge Fellowship is a joint prorgram by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the taz Panter Foundation. It has taken place annually since 2015. RSF is an international human rights organisation that defends the freedom of the press and information worldwide and helps persecuted journalists. The non-profit taz Panter Foundation, in close cooperation with the tageszeitung (taz), supports critical journalists as well as the social engagement of independent initiatives in Germany and worldwide.

Eligibility Criteria
  • They highly encourage women and members of the LGBTQIA community to apply.
  • All media professionals who need some time off from their difficult working conditions.
  • Eligibility for the program.
    • The applicant has a firm idea of how the six-month fellowship in Berlin can have a positive impact on his or her current situation.
    • Note: The fellowship should be used for personal development and, if necessary, professional reorientation so that the journalist can return to the home country with new viewpoints and replenished energy.
  • Several years of work experience as a journalist.
    • Note: Although they consider the work of human rights activists as highly valuable, they unfortunately cannot invite people who are not full-time journalists, as they do not fall under the mandate.
  • Difficult working conditions. The applicant faces increased difficulties and threats in his or her professional surroundings.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English or German language. The applicant should be able to communicate with the supervisors and participate in the social programme.
  • A passport that is valid for at least 12 months at the time of application (or can be re-applied for/renewed independently).
  • A good state of health that allows longer journeys and the six-month stay in the host country, as well as sufficient independence to deal with everyday matters alone.
  • The possibility of returning to the country of origin after the stay. Note: Applications from journalists who are unable to return to their home country due to the political situation there or their own risk profile, unfortunately cannot be considered in the application process.
  • Intended Period of Stay: The stay is limited to six months: from May 1 to October 31 2023.

For more information, visit RSF.

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