Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship for Aspiring Journalists, Europe – 2023

Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship for Aspiring Journalists, Europe is currently accepting applications for the year 2023.

The Fellowship’s goal is to help young journalists from countries with limited media freedom and independence pursue careers that promote pluralism. It is based on former Czech President Václav Havel’s conviction in journalism’s transformative role in combating tyranny and injustice.

RFE/RL and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs collaborated on the Fellowship, which seeks to improve media freedom in Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation. The program will assist the chosen Fellows to become industry leaders and role models in their communities, online, on TV, and throughout the globe.

Program Details

The Fellowship is a seven-month program. 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. After Prague, Fellows will return to the bureau (if applicable) for a final month.

The main components of the program are:

  • Professional mentoring alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals.
  • Training and development of journalistic skills on traditional, multi-media, and digital platforms.
  • Participation in the daily editorial discussions that inform a professional and independent press.
  • Independent work on a personal project.
  • Understanding of the mission and practice of a professional, free, and independent media company.


  • A monthly stipend at the bureau and in Prague, housing, health insurance, and travel arrangements to and from Prague shall be provided.

Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be from Eastern Partnership countries or the Russian Federation to be considered.
  • Have worked as a journalist for at least two years in their home language
  • Be dedicated to working as a journalist in or for their native country’s audiences.
  • Be committed to RFE/purpose RLs and fluent in English.
  • Applicants for a Current Time Fellowship must have native-level Russian proficiency, great writing abilities, and some TV and digital experience. They must state in their application documents that they want to be allocated to the Current Time.

How to Apply for Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • Personal statement
  • 3 work samples
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae, including current contact information
  • Letter to Václav Havel

In addition, please let them know how you learned about the Fellowship (e.g., RFE/RL’s website, Facebook, a professional or academic reference, etc.).

Click here to apply.

Deadline: June 3, 2022

Visit the official website for more information.

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