Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Rest & Refuge Fellowship for Journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Rest & Refuge Fellowship for Journalists

The Rest & Resilience Fellowship is a joint program by the taz Panter Foundation and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which has taken place annually since 2015. This year’s call for application is open from on!

RSF is an international human rights organization that defends the freedom of the press and information worldwide. The taz Panter Foundation, in close cooperation with the tageszeitung (taz), supports critical journalists as well as the social engagement of independent initiatives in Germany and worldwide.

RSF invite two journalists from countries with restricted freedom of press and information to Berlin for a period limited to six months. During their stay, the media professionals take time off from their daily obligations to recover from their difficult working conditions and to expand their personal and professional horizon. At the end of the six months, the fellows return to their home countries with renewed energy and fresh perspectives to continue their journalistic work.

If they wish, participants can withdraw completely from public life. However, the fellowships will offer different workshops for further training and networking purposes and participation is strongly encouraged. Additionally, the time spent in Berlin offers opportunities for exchange with international journalists from all over the world, get to know German editorial offices, take language classes, and take advantage of individual psychosocial counseling, if desired.


  • The Rest & Resilience Fellowship is open to journalists from countries with restricted freedom of press and information

  • Eligibility for the program. The applicant has a firm idea of how the six-month fellowship in Berlin can have a positive impact on his or her current situation.

  • Please Note: The fellowship should be used for personal development and, if necessary, professional reorientation; the journalist can return to their home country with new viewpoints and replenished energy.

  • Several years of work experience as a professional journalist.

  • Please note: Although the work of human rights activists is very valuable, we cannot invite individuals who are not professional journalists, as they do not fall under RSF’s mandate.

  • Personal threat profile due to journalistic work or difficult working conditions caused by external factors.

  • Proven knowledge of the English language. The applicants must be able to communicate well in a professional context.

  • A passport that is valid for at least twelve months at the time of application (or can be independently re-applied/renewed).

  • A state of health that permits longer travel and the six-month stay in the host country, as well as sufficient independence to handle everyday affairs on their own in a foreign setting.

  • Ability and willingness to return to the country of origin after the fellowship period.

  • Please note: Applications from journalists who are unable to return to their home country due to the political situation or their own threat situation can unfortunately not be considered in the application process. This is mainly due to the fact that no visa will be issued by the German authorities without a possibility of return.


  • Visa and travel costs

  • Furnished apartment in Berlin

  • Travel health insurance for the six months spent in Berlin

  • Monthly grant of 1000€Psychological support
    Workshops (e.g. on digital safety training, stress management)

  • Professional journalistic and/or personal training opportunities

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Rest & Refuge Fellowship for Journalists

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