Apply for Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: 1 February 2016
Open to: investigative journalist that have citizenship in a country in RFE/RL’s broadcast region
Fellowship: round-trip travel to Prague, housing, insurance and a monthly stipend


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) are seeking applicants for the Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship. The new fellowship is a living tribute to Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning Azeri journalist who was imprisoned by authorities in an attempt to silence her.

The fellowship will support reporting projects that investigate people in power and corruption. The fellow will be placed in one of RFE/RL’s local bureaus and visit RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters to receive trainings and mentoring.

The term of the Fellowship is 1 May – 31 October 2016.


The Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship is for aspiring or established investigative journalists. The selection process is competitive. Successful candidates will:

  • Have citizenship in a country in RFE/RL’s broadcast region, and a reporting focus in the broadcast region;
  • Demonstrate previous experience in investigative journalism;
  • Have a proven ability to pursue and complete an original, investigative project;
  • Provide a compelling and plausible proposal for a report that investigates corruption and persons in power.
  • Have a working command of English.


The fellowship will cover round-trip travel to Prague, housing, insurance and a monthly stipend. Additional resources for research purposes may be available.

How to apply?

In order to apply you should check the detailed information HERE and submit the following documents:

  1. Statement of purpose;
  2. Research proposal;
  3. Work samples;
  4. CV;

Candidates may be contacted and asked to participate in a telephone, Skype or in-person interview as part of the application process. Send your application at latest by 1 February 2016.

For any questions send e-mail at

For more information please visit the official website.

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