2022 Rest and Refuge Fellowship Program for Journalists from Countries with Restricted Press Freedom

Deadline: December 31, 2021.

Reporters Without Borders is an international human rights organization that promotes press freedom worldwide and helps persecuted journalists. The taz Panter Foundation is a non-governmental organization that organizes training for media professionals in Germany and other countries and is closely associated with the newspaper tageszeitung (taz).

Rest and Refuge Fellowship program for journalists from countries with restricted press freedom is going into the next round. For 2022, we are inviting two journalists from countries with restricted press freedom to Berlin. For a limited period of six months we will grant them time off to recover from difficult working conditions and to further their professional and personal development. After the six-month fellowship, they return to their home countries strengthened to continue with their journalistic work.


  1. Several years of work experience as a journalist
  2. Personal threat due to journalistic work or difficult working conditions caused by external factors.
  3. Good knowledge of the English or German language at a conversational level
  4. passport that is valid for at least another twelve months from the date of the application (or that can be independently extended/reapplied for)
  5. state of health that allows for longer trips and a six-month stay in the host country, as well as sufficient independence to master everyday challenges.
  6. Willingness and possibility to return to the country of origin after the period of stay


  1. They reimburse travel expenses, provide an apartment in Berlin and travel health insurance, and pay a monthly stipend of €1,000.
  2. Participants can, if they wish, withdraw completely from public life and use the time in Berlin to work on their own projects.
  3. However, we also provide opportunities for further education, professional networking and resilience building. For example, all fellows are given the opportunity to take a language course and get to know German media outlets. However, the primary goal is for the fellows to enjoy a sabbatical period and thus return to their home country strengthened. The fellowship is limited to a period of six months.


Your application must include the following documents:

  • The completed and signed application form
  • A scan of your current passport
  • Your curriculum vitae in tabular form (CV)
  • motivation letter (1-2 pages) in which you explain why you need a sabbatical. Please elaborate on what specific factors endanger or complicate your working situation. Please also write about how you plan to use your time off in Berlin.

Please send the completed application form and the other requested documents as individual PDFs to: [email protected]Deadline is Dec. 31st 2021. If you prefer to use a secure way of transmission and you have a protonmail account, you can send it to [email protected]. We also offer to receive the application via the messenger service Signal: +49 151 2688 4845.


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