Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowships in Prague, Czech Republic

Deadline: 7 July 2014
Open to: journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation
Fellowship: a monthly stipend, housing and travel costs


The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship is an initiative of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and is generously supported by the Prague Freedom Foundation and the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation.

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 Vaclav Havel’s belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny.

The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship is made up of five main components:
  1. Professional development alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals;
  2. On-the-job training, to include daily multi-media programming and reporting;
  3. New skills development;
  4. Participation in the daily editorial debates and discussions that inform a professional and independent press;
  5. Mentorship.


This year, the Fellowship accepts applications from journalists in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation. English language proficiency is required.


Fellowships are for a term of nine months, with seven months spent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Prague and the first and last month spent with a local RFE/RL bureau. In addition to their training in Prague, Fellows will participate in a week long professional development program in Washington, Brussels or Geneva.

A monthly stipend, housing, and travel arrangements to and from Prague are provided.


The application deadline is 7 July 2014.

Applicants should submit together with the application form the following documents:

  • Personal data and personal statement;
  • Work samples;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter to “Vaclav Havel”;
  • Copy of an English language certificate (optional).

Completed applications must be submitted in English to:  [email protected]

For further information visit the official website.

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