2020 RSF Scholarship for Journalists form War Zones and Conflict Areas

Research Scholarship in Social Science
  • Germany
  • Apply Before : June 12, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 17728
  • Degree Research
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Journalism
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded

Opportunity Description

Opportunity description

Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) is providing a new “Time Out and Research Scholarship” which is awarded to journalists worldwide who are working in the war zone and crisis areas and are subject to risks and obstacles for their work.

RSF is accepting applications from journalists from the war & conflict zone to stay sometime away from their stressful working area and come to Berlin, Germany for a six-month scholarship.

Details of the RSF scholarship

Deadline: 12 June 2020

Location: Berlin, Germany

Institution: Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Duration: Six months (from fall 2020 to spring 2021)

Scholarship area: Journalism

Benefits of the RSF Research Scholarship

RSF scholarship provides:

  • Travel expense
  • An apartment for living
  • A monthly grant of 1,000 Euro
  • A pass for free public transportation in Germany during the scholarship


  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a new journalistic challenge during your time. You could also have the chance to develop your professional network and to recover from frustrating conditions in your home country.
  • You will enjoy the opportunity to develop new ideas and boost your journalistic skills.
  • RSF will also offer you psychosocial support if required.
  • You will be offered advice and guidance should you want to explore the political and cultural scene in Berlin.

Research project:

During the 2020 RSF Research Scholarship for Journalists, you will work on an investigative research project of your own choice with the following qualities:

  • The project should be of a journalistic nature (in pictures, sound or writing)
  • It can be undertaken in collaboration with an international medium, along with a stay abroad
  • RSF will publish the results of your project and if possible deliver them at a public events

Eligibility requirements

Journalists can apply for this research scholarship if they:

  • Work in a war zone or crisis area, or if they recently reported on a specifically sensitive issue and are now exposed to threat or harassment.
  • Need time to concentrate and work on a new journalistic project during the scholarship period.
  • Have a good command of English or German.
  • Applicants should have sufficient work experience as a journalist.
  • Have a strong intention to return to their home country after the six-month scholarship period.

Result publication

Applicants will be notified of the decision by mid-July at the latest.

How to apply?

To apply for the 2020 RSF Research Scholarship for Journalists, you are required to email your completed application form and any other documents needed in a PDF format to timeout@reporter-ohne-grenzen.de.

The organization particularly welcomes applications from women and extraordinary people in the field.

for more details, refer to RSF’s website.

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