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 (July 2021–June 2022) 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.
- a concise project proposal in English (max. 8,000 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
The current application period is now closed.
A jury of experts will evaluate the applications and select the finalists. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in late spring 2021.
The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to provide applicants individual feedback on their applications.
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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.