Berlin Scholarship Program 2024 is an opportunity for journalists to enhance their skills in digital security, ensuring a safer environment for reporting from crisis areas and war zones.
The program was initiated by the Berlin State Department for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises, with the aim of addressing the growing challenges journalists face in the digital era. This fully funded international scholarship in Germany is exclusively designed for journalists, particularly those from war zones and crisis areas.
Berlin Scholarship Program 2024 – Purpose of the Program
Journalists operating in critical areas often encounter digital threats that compromise their ability to report freely. The program addresses this by providing comprehensive training in digital security, equipping participants with the skills to protect themselves against surveillance and hacker attacks.
Reporters Without Borders Germany plays a crucial role in identifying and calling for journalists to join the program. Their focus on individuals from war zones and crisis areas reflects the understanding that these journalists are most vulnerable to digital threats hindering their work.
- Skills Acquisition in Berlin: The program’s first phase involves journalists gaining practical skills to shield themselves from emerging digital threats. Facilitated by a trainer team comprising high-ranked professionals, this phase lays the foundation for the subsequent stages.
- Formulation of Training Concept: In the second phase, participants, guided by the trainer team, develop a training concept. This concept becomes a valuable tool as participants transition into trainers themselves, ready to share their acquired knowledge.
- Trickle-Down Effect: The third phase sees participants returning to their home countries as trainers, conducting workshops, and passing on the skills they learned during the Berlin exchange program. This ripple effect contributes to building a community of journalists well-versed in digital security.
Benefits of the Berlin Scholarship Program
- Monthly Stipend: Each participant receives a monthly stipend of 1000€, providing financial support during their participation in the program.
- Visa Processing and Residence: The program takes care of visa processing matters and ensures participants have comfortable residences, creating an environment conducive to learning.
- Covered Travel Costs: All travel costs to and from Berlin are covered, relieving participants of the financial burden associated with international travel.
- Free Public Transportation: Participants enjoy the convenience of free public transportation, facilitating easy access to various program activities.
- Insight into Reporters Without Borders Germany: Participants gain a deep insight into the activities of Reporters Without Borders Germany, a globally active journalist and human rights organization. This exposure enhances their understanding of the broader journalistic landscape.
Eligibility Criteria for the Berlin Scholarship Program
- Qualified Applicants Include: Professional journalists, bloggers, media professionals, and citizen journalists from war zones and crisis areas are eligible to apply.
- Applicants should be facing digital threats in their home countries and possess adequate journalistic experience.
- Proficiency in English is a prerequisite, and candidates must demonstrate a commitment to returning to their home countries after completing the program.
Application Process for Berlin Scholarship Program 2024
- Applications are accepted through Signal Messenger Service and Proton Mail, to ensure secure and encrypted communication.
- Applicants can submit their signed applications and required documents via Signal Messenger at +49 1636743853 or Proton via the mail provided, utilizing the end-to-end encryption provided by Proton Mail.
- The Berlin Scholarship 2024 online application and questionnaire, available in PDF form, must be completed and saved on applicants’ computers.
- Visit the official website below for more details: https://www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/en/scholarships/berlin-scholarship-program/the-scholarship
December 04th, 2023, at 23:59 (Central European Time).
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