The Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program, named after the Czech journalist, writer, and translator Milena Jesenská (1896–1944), offers European journalists (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey) time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice.
Milena Jesenská Fellowships are intended as an award for excellence and are directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants’ work may also be related to one of the IWM’s main research fields.
Applicants must have worked in print, broadcast or online journalism for several years and must have an outstanding professional record. Applications by entry-level journalists or students will be rejected.
- They will receive a stipend of EUR 3,000 per month.
- During the next Fellowship term (September 2023–June 2024), four Fellows are invited to spend three months each at the IWM in Vienna, Austria.
- In addition, the IWM provides them with an office including access to the internet, administrative and research facilities as well as other services free of charge. Generally, fellowships start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.
- Applications should include:
- A concise project proposal in English (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces) with a description of the intended outcome (book, articles, film, TV or radio broadcast, etc.)
- A curriculum vitae
- A list of publications.
- A jury of experts will evaluate the applications and select the finalists. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in April/May 2023.
- The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to provide applicants individual feedback on their applications.
For more information, visit https://www.iwm.at/program/milena-jesenska-fellowship-for-journalists