Berlin Scholarship is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. The aim of the scholarship is to provide scholarship holders with practical knowledge on how to protect themselves against digital threats such as surveillance or hacker attacks in their journalistic work. In addition, they will also receive training in how to teach others in their home region about digital security issues.
- They cover the travel costs, take care of all visa-related matters, provide a pleasant apartment in Berlin for the duration of the scholarship,
- a monthly stipend of € 1000,
- free use of public transportation in Berlin,
- and also organize participation in a varied scholarship program taught by experts in the field of digital security.
- Furthermore, during their stay in Berlin, scholarship holders will be given insights into the activities of Reporters Without Borders, a globally-active journalist and human rights organization
Professional journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists who
- are exposed to digital threats due to their work in their home regions,
- want to learn and work extensively with digital security in order to improve their personal security
- are interested in passing on the knowledge acquired during the scholarship program to colleagues in their home regions and, ideally, already have some experience in teaching (including in other areas).
- Applicants must have a very strong command of the English language, as the scholarship program will be conducted entirely in English.
- A high level of proficiency in regards to digital security is not required; anyone who is used to working with a computer can apply.
- Applicants should also have adequate experience working as a journalist, be it as a professional journalist or a citizen journalist.
- In addition, applicants must have every intention of returning to their home region after four months of residence in Germany.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 19th 2019 at 23:59 (Central European Time).