News media founders, chief editors and publishers who are citizens or legal residents of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine may apply.
We will consider applications from journalists with substantial experience (at least five years) who are shaping an independent news media project. The project must be potentially sustainable; the launch of a new media outlet would qualify, and in contrast, a one-off investigative team project will not meet our standards.
“News media” means media in any format – notably print, video or online – whose primary mission is to provide their publics with accurate, verified information and analysis on matters of interest to them.
Applicants will be considered on the basis of their critical independence from political or financial interests as well as the quality of their media. In other words, those working in “captive” media are not encouraged to apply. Media leaders who undertake “watchdog” or investigative reporting are particularly encouraged to apply.
Mastery of written and spoken English sufficient for an international working environment is required.
To apply for the programme, you must complete and submit the Online Application form by 11pm, September 1, 2018.
The applicants will be notified about the results and scholarships by September 20, 2018.