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Reporters in the Field – The grant for your cross-border research, Europe

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    Become a Fellow

    Reporters in the Field – The grant for your cross-border researchAre you a reporter who wants to dig deeper? Who teams up with others to explore a story from various perspectives? Who feels that complex research doesn’t stop at borders? The program “Reporters in the Field” promotes research projects by media professionals from all over Europe. It offers grants of up to 5,000 € to international teams who want to realize a cross-border and in depth research on a story of their choice. You can use our grant to support both travel costs and remuneration. To connect expertise from different countries and spheres, you can spend it on research trips with your team. If you find that your topic requires research at home, team members can also spend a part of the money for research in their home countries.

    Are you interested? Our second round for application is open from July 17 till August 27, 2017. All details are provided below.

    Our program aims to foster international dialogue and understanding. Selected teams will receive funding, training and mentoring for their research, and become part of our Reporters in the Field Network. They will meet up in a workshop in Berlin, from November 17-19, 2017, to exchange with experts and likeminded fellows. Reporters in the Field is a program by the Robert Bosch Stiftung hosted together with the media NGO n-ost.

    How to apply:

    • Find an original topic that works for cross-border journalism and is of relevance in Europe.
    • Team up with international colleagues or contact us: if you have a convincing story but no team yet, we can help you to find one. All teams with at least one professional, freelance or staff journalist, who works for an established media outlet (print, broadcast, web, or cross-media), are eligible. Team members from different corners and layers of society (e.g. photographers, scientists) are also welcome! No age limit applies.
    • Your team and research must be based in at least two of the following countries:
      Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
    • Designate a project leader who will act as your representative for all correspondence, administrative and budgetary purposes.
    • Prepare your application in English using our application form. A project proposal (maximum of two pages), publication strategy, and CVs of all team members will be required. In your proposal, please detail the responsibilities of each team member. You can save your application before submitting it.
    • Submit your joint application by August 27, 2017. Applications made via e-mail or post will not be considered and cannot be returned.
    • Save the Date: At least two team members must participate in our workshop in Berlin from November 17-19, 2017 and one representative of the team also in June 2018.

    Our expectations:

    The program’s main goal is to enable relevant and innovative cross-border research. This is difficult enough, so we don’t set up many conditions. However, our expectations are:

    • Workshop: At least two team members must participate in our workshop from November 17-19, 2017 and at least one of your team members participates in the following workshop in June 2018. We think that collaborative cross-border journalism is a crucial way to foster international understanding and to face current challenges in media and society. That’s why we invite everybody to a common workshop in the start. We find it equally important that you meet your team members throughout your research and share your experience with other teams.
    • Language: Please note that the program and the workshops are run in English, and you need an advanced level of spoken and written English to participate. Whilst we expect the completed projects to be produced in the language of your chosen media, you will be required to submit English abstracts and translations for the workshops and the program in general.
    • Publication: Please submit a publications strategy to your application. The grant of “Reporter in the Field” is intended to foster your research, but, of course, we want to see your final story reach the widest possible audience, too. The Fellows of the program are therefore expected to publish their research results. Written commitments by media outlets, which are interested in publishing the results of your research are not obligatory but welcome. You can publish your story in your preferred language but a short English summary will be required on your final results at the end.
    • Financial Report: Your grant can be used for all research related costs, but keep in mind that we need a report on your expenditures. The maximum grant available is 5,000 € per single project, which should support but not necessarily completely cover the costs of your research activities.


    • September 2017: Jury session and notification of the applicants
    • October 2017: Pre-research phase, where teams prepare and begin their research to be able to present the first results during the first workshop.
    • November 17-19, 2017: First workshop, where teams meet up with invited experts to discuss ideas, work on story angles and plan a road-map forward. All costs will be covered by the program.
    • November 2017- June 2018: Mentoring and research phase, where the participants return to their home destinations and/or undertake their research trips to collect information for their cross-border stories. Our fellows are going to be mentored by the program office and experts during their work.
    • End of June 2018: Two-days-review session where representatives of all teams meet again to finalize their pieces and discuss them with the new fellows of the next round.
    • End of July 2018: Last date of publishing stories – of course you can publish your stories before!

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