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Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship

​​​​​​​​​​Vaclav Havel's name is synonymous with peaceful resistance to authoritarianism and commitment to individual liberty and dignity. In his career as a writer and playwright, Havel established himself as Europe’s most renowned dissident voice. During his time as president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Havel used his position of power and influence to speak out as an unyielding advocate for democratic voices the world over. Long a listener and supporter of RFE/RL, Havel invited RFE/RL to take up residence in Prague in 1995, planting RFE/RL’s headquarters in a city where its broadcasts were once banned.

The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for journalists to receive on-the-job training while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. Fellows will be integrated into the appropriate RFE/RL language service and expected to participate actively in its multi-media programming.  Fellows will also be encouraged to publish articles in outside publications and to participate in public events and discussions relating to their regional focus and journalistic mission.  Fellowships are from six to twelve months and include a stipend, housing and travel arrangements to and from Prague.

Call for applications for programs starting 1 September 2012
Deadline for applications:  18 June 2012

RFE/RL is pleased to accept applications for the RFE/RL - Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship.  The Fellowship is a joint program between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and RFE/RL that is inspired by the former president’s belief in the transformational role of journalism in challenging tyranny.  It provides intensive training at RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters to journalists from countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region where media freedom is stifled and independent journalists are at risk.

How to Apply:

The program is open to promising journalists with English fluency from the Russian Federation and the European Partnership Countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. 
Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis in accordance with the application process described below.


A complete application includes all of the following information:

              - A short personal essay describing the candidate’s fellowship and career goals

              - Work samples

              - Two letters of recommendation

              - Curriculum vitae

**Please note that the requested materials must be submitted in English.


To apply for the Fall 2012 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship, please download the application and submit your fully completed application to havelfellowship [AT] rferl [DOT] org by June 18, 2012. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates will be informed of their selection by July 15, 2012

More Information:

For more information about the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship, please send an email to havelfellowship [AT] rferl [DOT] org.







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