Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists 2024 (€3,000 Monthly Stipend) – APPLY NOW

The Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program 2024 is currently accepting applications from suitably qualified journalists including those in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. The fellowship is designed to honor the memory of Czech journalist and author; Milena Jesenská (1896–1944). Fellows will conduct an in-depth study on a subject of their choice.

Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists

Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists 2024

Milena Jesenská Fellowships are meant to be given to cultural journalists as an honor for distinction; the term “cultural” is used broadly to refer to a broad range of academic and creative disciplines. However, one of the primary research areas of the IWM may potentially be connected to the work of the candidates.

Milena Jesenská’s impact on journalism and literature remains unparalleled. Her legacy continues through this fellowship, which echoes her commitment to intellectual and artistic pursuits. The connection between the program and Jesenská’s work adds depth to the significance of the opportunity.


In the upcoming term from September 2024 to June 2025, about four (4)  Fellows will have the privilege to spend three months each at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria.

The monthly stipend of EUR 3,000 not only acknowledges their dedication but also ensures financial support during the research period.

Also, the IWM provides a conducive work environment, including office space, internet access, and other essential services.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists 2024:

  • The fellowship is open to eligible European Journalists
  • Applicants must boast a significant track record in print, broadcast, or online journalism.
  • The program explicitly excludes entry-level journalists and students, emphasizing the need for an outstanding professional record.

Application Process

Prospective candidates must access the online application form provided by the IWM portal. The application materials include the following;

  • A short motivation, showing how the project would benefit from time at the IWM, as well as the connection to the IWM’s mission and research, and concrete research/writing goals during the fellowship
  • A project description of 550 characters maximum
  • A project proposal of 7,500 characters maximum
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV). This must show the full list of publications
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from editor, fellow journalist, or publisher)
  • All application materials should be in English and the attached documents must be combined into a single PDF, as the online submission form only allows for one attachment.

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Selection Process

A panel of experts will rigorously evaluate the applications, selecting finalists based on their merit.

The lack of public justifications for decisions adds an element of mystery to the selection process, keeping applicants on edge until the spring semester of 2024 when decisions will be communicated.

Application Deadline

28 January 2024, 23:59 CET.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I submit my application via email?

No, all applications must be submitted through the IWM’s online form.

What does the project proposal entail?

The project proposal should cover the project’s objectives, state-of-the-art, methods, and a detailed work plan.

Is the fellowship only for journalists in Europe?

Yes, the program is specifically designed for European journalists, including those from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.

Can I include more than two letters of recommendation?

Two letters of recommendation are required, additional letters will not be considered.

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