Deadline: 23 September 2018
Open to: journalists holding a Turkish passport and who are currently based in Turkey
Fellowship: visa fees and your travel costs to and from Germany, health insurance and a monthly allowance of 1,000 euros, accommodation
For journalists who are at risk due to their reporting, the ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence (JiR) Programme provides a temporary shelter in Leipzig, Germany: It creates a safe haven away from the threatening environment, a place to continue one’s investigations and writing, and an opportunity to network. The programme is aimed at journalists who have suffered bullying and severe threats, psychological harassment and/or physical abuse, threats to their wellbeing and/or attempts on their life. To the ECPMF it makes no difference whether the respective perpetrators are governments, authorities, organised crime, private individuals, commercial entities, political or religious groups or any other aggressor. In the current cycle you can apply for a residency for a minimum of three months or a maximum of six months during the period from November 2018 to the end of June 2019.
In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- are a citizen of Turkey and currently based in Turkey
- provide documentary proof you are at risk due to your reporting
- are working/have worked as a professional journalist
- are proficient in English, French or German (level B2)
- are not affiliated to any extremist movement and/or party
- intend to return to Turkey once your stay has come to a close
The ECPMF will cover your visa fees and your travel costs to and from Germany. We also arrange health insurance and provide you with a monthly allowance of 1,000 euros. If you would like to take part in a training course on a subject relevant for your work, or if you would like to see a psychotherapist, the ECPMF will cover these costs as well. Please be aware, though, that we are unable to fund any additional expenses, such as language courses or printed materials. While we can help you to arrange all of the above, they would have to be covered with your own funds. The ECPMF will provide you with a furnished and equipped apartment in a safe location in Leipzig, Germany.
The ECPMF’s staff assesses all applications, documents and references equally and fairly. Drawing input from partners, we will thoroughly fact-check and verify your identity and the nature of the threat/s you describe in your application. Once fact-checking is completed, the ECPMF executive board makes a final selection from shortlisted candidates. A key factor is the urgency of the situation.
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