Call for Applications: VÁCLAV HAVEL Journalism Fellowship 2018 – 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 – 2019 Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support aspiring journalists from countries lacking media freedom and independence to pursue their profession in support of pluralism. It is inspired by former Czech President Václav Havel’s belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny and oppression. The Fellowship is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic that reflects a shared commitment to strengthening media freedom in Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation. It is generously supported by the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE97.

The program will help prepare selected Fellows to be standard-bearers of their profession and leaders in their communities, on-line, on air, and in the world.


Fellowships are for a term of eight months. Fellows will spend six months at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, where they will be placed with an appropriate language service to receive daily, on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. For two weeks before the term in Prague, Fellows will be assigned to an appropriate RFE/RL bureau, where they will be introduced to RFE/RL’s local role and meet bureau staff. Fellows will return to the bureau for the final four weeks of the program. A monthly stipend at the bureau and in Prague, housing, insurance, and travel arrangements to and from Prague shall be provided.

The main elements of the program are:

1. Professional mentoring alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals.

2. Training and development of journalistic skills on traditional, multi-media, and digital platforms.

3. Participation in the daily editorial discussions that inform a professional and independent press.

4. Independent work on a personal project. 5. Understanding of the mission and practice of a professional, free, and independent media.

Fellowship term: November 19, 2018 – June 28, 2019
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