Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists

Fellowship Programs

Academic Year 2022–2023

The Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program, named after the Czech journalist, writer, and translator Milena Jesenská (1896–1944), offers European journalists (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey) time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice.

Milena Jesenská Fellowships are intended as an award for excellence and are directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants’ work may also deal with societal issues of European relevance and the mission of the IWM.

Applicants must have worked in print, broadcast or online journalism for several years and must have an outstanding professional record. Applications by entry-level journalists or students will be rejected.


During the next Fellowship term (September 2022–June 2023) four Fellows are invited to spend three months each at the IWM in Vienna, Austria. They will receive a stipend of EUR 2,500 per month. In addition, the IWM provides them with an office including access to the internet, administrative and research facilities as well as other services free of charge. Travel grants of up to EUR 1,900 can be paid for project-related research trips.


Applications include:

  • a concise project proposal in English (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces) with a description of the intended outcome (book, articles, film, TV or radio broadcast etc.)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications

Application deadline: 15 January 2022


A jury of experts will evaluate the applications and select the finalists. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in April 2022.

The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to provide applicants individual feedback on their applications.

Cooperation Partners

ERSTE Foundation is a creative workshop for ideas and innovation, a lab for topics of the future which increases its effectiveness through the strategic cooperation with networks. As main shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation safeguards the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. As a savings banks foundation in Austria, ERSTE foundation is committed to serve the common good, investing parts of its dividends into the region in which Erste Group operates. We empower civil society, invest in social innovation and promote contemporary culture in Europe.

Project Syndicate, an association of more than 430 newspapers from all over the world, provides original, engaging, and thought-provoking commentaries by global leaders and thinkers.


Franz Graf
Fellows Program Coordinator 

Milena Jesenská (1896-1944) was an outstanding journalist and mediator between the Czech and German cultures in Bohemia as well as an astute political commentator. She was detained in the Nazi concentration camp in Ravensbrück for her political involvement and resistance, where she lost her life in 1944. She is widely known for her famous correspondence with Franz Kafka.


  • The Politics of Trolling, -
  • Collection of Articles "Art Criticism and Cultural Journalism in Ukraine in the Twenty First Century", -
  • Biography of Isaac Babel, -
  • Osnažene (Empowered), -
  • Anti-Immigration Policy in Left-Wing Parties, -
  • How China’s Dream of a Multipolar World Affects European Narratives, -
  • War Comes Home, -
  • Georgi Markov: A Biography, -
  • Europe's Childless Future, -
  • Crime Without Punishment in Schicksalsgemeinschaft of Europe, -
  • The Half-Iron Man: Letters to Uncle Enver, -
  • A Journey to the Two Opposite Worlds of Mental Health Care in Visegrád Countries, -
  • Media Guidelines “How to Talk About Climate Change so That You are Understood”, -
  • A Real Country: Ukraine After Revolution and During War, -
  • Safe? The Unaccompanied Minors Who’ve Become Young Men, -
  • Underneath the Clothes Made in the EU, -
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: the Decision to Leave Your Own Country, -
  • Immersive Subjectivity. Autists, Narcissists and Conspiracy Theorists, -
  • Immigrants’ Ghost Lives, -
  • The Children of the Future, -
  • Rethinking Feminism: Gender Policy in Austria and Czechoslovakia inthe 1960s and 1970s Experienced by Czechoslovak Emigrants, -
  • Why does Kafka Still Not Have a Home? A Look at How Nation-States Remember, -
  • Micro-Credits: Saving the Poor or Pushing them Further into Debt?, -
  • Marc Chagall, Long Way Home, -
  • Towards a Central-Eastern European Liberalism? Polish Liberal Culture after 20 Years of Democracy, -
  • Biography of the Tomato. Doing Business with Fresh Vegetables in Europe, -
  • Dimensions of the European Crisis, -
  • Education as the Limit, -
  • The Alchemy of the Last Meal. The Culture of Capital Punishment in Central and Eastern Europe, -
  • The End of Sport, -
  • From “Antipolitics” to “Postpolitics” in the “New Europe”, -
  • Anti-Semitism and the Catholic Church in Poland: the Case of Father Stanislaw Musial SJ, -
  • Sisters in Hate: The Women in Europe's Extreme Right, -
  • European Intellectuals and Anti-Americanism, -
  • The European Greenbelt: From Iron Curtain to Green Corridor, -
  • When it comes to biofuels, the European Union is going through some growing pains, -
  • Poland's Literary Legacy - The 20th Century and Beyond, -
  • At the dark Heart of European Consciousness:The Lodz Ghetto 1940-1944, -
  • Outcasts: The Roma of Slovakia, -
  • Women’s Role Models in Contemporary Ukrainian Culture: Feminists, Soviet Crones&Cosmo Girls, -
  • Generation 1989, -
  • The Invisible Wall: the Hidden Factor of Belarusian Reality, -
  • Analysis of Welfare Systems, -