Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellowship Program

The Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellowship Program expands the capacity of professional journalists and improves the sustainability of citizen-generated media in Central and Eastern Europe. Through conferences, skills building workshops, networking, and professional fellowships, journalists increase professional standards, advance the credibility and accuracy of their reporting, build cross continental partnerships, and bolster sustainability of an independent media sector in the region. Participation in this program, for the selected participants, is fully funded.

This initiative brings journalists from across Central and Eastern Europe to the United States for training and a two-month professional fellowship at a U.S. media organization as well as journalism, media and digital literacy training at U.S. universities and organizations.

Program Dates: June – August 2020

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in France and is implemented by Meridian International Center.

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Complete applications are due Sunday, February 9, 2020 11:59PM Eastern U.S. time.

Application and Selection

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Citizen and resident of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
  • Demonstrated record of least three years of professional growth in journalism and media.
  • Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Are not a U.S. government employee.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa.

All application documents must be submitted in English, including the following:

  • Signed letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor.
  • Three (3) examples of recent journalism work.


Successful applicants will demonstrate the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated professional experience and knowledge in journalism and media.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how their personal and professional goals align with program objectives.
  • Commitment to supporting a network of Central Eastern European independent journalists and media outlets.
  • Commitment to professional development, inclusive leadership, knowledge sharing, and mentorship.
  • Professional level English language skills.

Preferred candidates:

  • Demonstrate experience and interest in investigative journalism.
  • Demonstrate regional diversity.
  • Reside and work outside of their country’s capital city.


Please contact the Meridian Central and Eastern Europe Journalism Team at CEEJ@meridian.org.

Project summary

Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellowship Program
Countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
Impact Areas: Media and Journalism
Program Areas: Training