Providing temporary shelter for European journalists at risk: ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme

The ECPMF's Journalists-in-Residence programme was designed as a temporary shelter for journalists hailing from EU member states and candidate countries who face harassment and intimidation as a direct result of their work. It provides a refuge for a limited period of time, a safe and discreet place to continue investigating and publishing, to rest and to recover and - if individual circumstances permit - a platform to highlight threats to media freedom in the journalist’s home country.

Key info at a glance

  •  Journalists living in an EU member state or candidate country are eligible to apply
  • Command of either English, French or German is required (at least on B2 level)
  • The ECPMF provides a rent-free, furnished apartment in Leipzig and a monthly grant of 1,000 EUR
  • Costs are covered for travel to and from Leipzig, as well as for health insurance

The following conditions must be met:

  • Evidence must be provided that he or she is at risk due to his/her journalistic work, names and contact details of two reference persons requiredThe applicant must have worked as a paid journalist for at least five (5) years
  • The applicant should not be a member of or affiliated to any extremist political movement
  • The applicant must provide samples of published journalistic work
  • Intention to return to home country or country of residence after the stay in Leipzig

this programme is supported by:

How to Apply

Calls for application will be announced on and the ECPMF’s social media and will be disseminated throughout the Centre’s European network.

If you wish to be notified once a call has been released, please send your name and preferred email address to or to the postal address indicated below. All personal information will be treated as strictly confidential.

Further info

Please see our FAQ sheet (available on the top right corner of this page) or contact us at

Postal address:

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Journalists-in-Residence Programme

Menckestrasse 27

04155 Leipzig, Germany

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