Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellow Program: Apply Here

Application and Selection

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Citizen and resident of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
  • Demonstrated record of least three years of professional growth in journalism and media.
  • Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Are not a U.S. government employee.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa.

All application documents must be submitted in English, including the following:

  • Signed letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor.
  • Three (3) examples of recent journalism work.


Successful applicants will demonstrate the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated professional experience and knowledge in journalism and media.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how their personal and professional goals align with program objectives.
  • Commitment to supporting a network of Central Eastern European independent journalists and media outlets.
  • Commitment to professional development, inclusive leadership, knowledge sharing, and mentorship.
  • Professional level English language skills.

Preferred candidates:

  • Demonstrate experience and interest in investigative journalism.
  • Demonstrate regional diversity.
  • Reside and work outside of their country’s capital city.


Please contact the Meridian Central and Eastern Europe Journalism Team at CEEJ@meridian.org.