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RSF Germany Rest and Refuge Scholarship

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 from Berlin. Both the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) support the scholarship financially.

Reporters Without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation invite three journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. They offer them a time of refuge and rest for three months. The first journalist will be invited from September to November 2019, the second from March to May 2020 and the third from April to June 2020.

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Who can apply?

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.

What we offer:

We offer travel expenses, a decent apartment, a monthly stipend of €1000 and free transportation in Berlin for three months. Participants may completely withdraw from public life, use the time for writing or thinking, or they may want to explore political and cultural life in Berlin. Of course, we would be of help in that.


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

How to apply:

Please use the application form and send the other requested documents to: The deadline for applications is 16 June 2019.

We offer to communicate with us via encrypted mail. The decision will be communicated to the candidates by the end of July at the latest.