Milena Jesenska Fellowship for Journalists (EUR 3,000 stipend). Apply Now!

Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists (EUR 3,000 stipend) in Austria.

About Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists


Academic Year 2023-2024

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.

Conditions for Milena Jesenská Fellowship

During the next Fellowship term (September 2024–June 2025), four Fellows are invited to spend three months each at the IWM in Vienna, Austria. They will receive a stipend of EUR 3,000 per month. 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.

Application period for Milena Jesenská Fellowship

Applications must be submitted through the IWM’s online application form; we will be unable to consider applications sent via email.

Application materials consist of the following:

  • a brief letter of motivation that addresses how the project would benefit from time at the IWM, the connection to the IWM’s mission and research, and concrete research/writing goals during the fellowship
  • a project description (max. 550 characters)
  • a project proposal (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces) containing a description of the project’s a) objectives, b) the state of the art, c) methods, and d) a work plan
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • two letters of recommendation are required: At least one from an editors, fellow journalist, or publisher. If applicable, one recommendation letter can also be provided by a scholar familiar with the applicant’s work

All application materials should be in English.

Important! Attached documents must be combined into a single PDF, as the online submission form only allows for one attachment. File names of attachments must use Latin characters. 

Deadline for application: 28 January 2024, 23:59 CET



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