Providing temporary shelter for European journalists under threat: ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme

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The ECPMF's Journalists-in-Residence programme is designed to temporarily host journalists from across geographical Europe who face harrassment and intimidation in their home country. It provides a refuge pro tempore, a safe place to continue one's work and – if so desired by those hosted – a platform to highlight threats to media freedom back home.

Key info at a glance

  • Eligible to apply for the programme are journalists living in an EU28 country or in one of the following countries:  Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine
  • The timeframe of the upcoming residency cycle is July 2017 to January 2018 (individual arrangements within this timeframe are possible to a certain extent)
  • A good command of either English or German is required (at least to B2 level)
  • ECPMF provides free accomodation in Leipzig as well as a monthly grant of 1.000 EUR
  • Costs are covered for visa fees (if applicable), travel to and from Leipzig, as well as for health insurance for the duration of his/her stay

For a successful application, the following conditions must be met:

  • Proof must be provided that he or she is at risk due to his/her journalistic work
  • The applicant must have worked fulltime as a paid journalist for at least five (5) years
  • The applicant should not be a member of a political movement

He or she must be willing and able to return to his or her home country/country of residence at the end of the programme

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How to Apply

To apply, please fill out this application form and attach the requested references.

Send us your application via e-mail ( or to the postal address indicated below. All personal information will be treated confidentially. We will confirm successful applications by an official invitation letter which serves as support for the visa application.

Further info

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

Postal address:

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Journalists-in-Residence Programme
Menckestrasse 27
04155 Leipzig


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