Rest and Refuge Scholarship Program 2017

Deadline: 31 July 2017
Open to: journalists from countries in crisis or war
Benefits: all expenses paid three month stay in Berlin


Rest and Refuge Scholarship is a project run by Reporters without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to die tageszeitung (taz), a daily newspaper in Berlin.

We invite two journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. We offer them a time of refuge and rest up to three months.

The first journalist will be invited from September to November 2017, the second from March to May 2018.


  • Journalists who need a time out from their difficult working conditions. This might be the case after covering stories in an oppressive environment or after covering stories in war or unrest;
  • Journalists who feel the need to lie low awhile and get out of the view of state security because of their journalistic work.

Moreover, participants must:

  • Be able to communicate in basic English or in German;
  • Participants should have a relevant working-experience as journalists;
  • They must have the intention to return to their country after three months.


Within the Rest and Refuge Scholarship program, we offer:

  • Travel expenses;
  • A decent apartment;
  • Pocket money;
  • Free transportation in Berlin for up to three months.
  • Participants may completely withdraw from public life;
  • Use the time for writing or thinking;
  • Explore political life in Berlin (we would be of help in that as well).

How to apply?

Please use the application form and send the other requested documents to:

You must be able to provide information about your professional work and position, a CV, contact details for reference, and an essay describing your current situation. In the essay, you need to answer:

  • Why do you apply for the program?
  • How would you like to spend your time in Berlin?
  • What kinds of needs do you have? (Medical, psychological treatment, legal advice…)

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

For more information please visit the official website.

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