The Journalists-in-Residence Programme

The ECPMF´s Journalists-in-Residence Programme serves media freedom in two ways:


It provides a safe house in Leipzig, a scholarship, health insurance and publicity to dedicated journalists, who have come under pressure due to their work. To relieve them from a permanent state of anxiety, focus public attention on their situation and support their work, we shall host them in Leipzig.


As an alternative it offers a scholarship to journalists and media freedom experts, who contribute in an extraordinary way to media freedom in Europe. If a proposed project is evaluated as essential, it is supported by the scholarship and the infrastructure of the ECPMF.

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Journalists from all over Europe can apply to become a Journalist-in-Residence at ECPMF in Leipzig. The duration varies, depending on the individual case up to twelve months. For a successful application, the following conditions should be met:

  • Proof must be provided that he or she is under pressure due to their research or publication.
  • The applicant must have worked full-time and for at least five years as a journalist. 

  • The journalist should not be member of a political movement.

  • He or she should speak proficient English and be able to represent his/her case in public.

  • He or she should be willing to contribute to the work of ECPMF at Leipzig during the residence.

  • He/she must be able to return after the end of programme to his or her home  country. 

If you want to apply, please fill out this application form (Download) and attach the requested references. You find the FAQ here. The application, which can be sent by mail via, to the address below or by contacting one of our partner organisations, will be checked instantly by ECPMF and its partners. All personal information will be kept confidential. If your application fulfils the criteria of the Journalists-in-Residence Programme, it is handed over to the boards. Each individual case will be discussed and decided by our boards and management. A successful application is confirmed by an official letter of invitation to the designated Journalist-in-Residence, which serves as support of the visa application.  

All travel and visa costs are covered by the ECPMF, as well as a basic private health care, the accommodation and a monthly scholarship of 1.000 Euro.

To design this programme, the ECPMF has cooperated with experienced organizations like the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People.


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