Application Deadline: 9th August, 2018.

Reporters Without Borders Germany invites journalists from war zones and crisis areas to come to Berlin for three to four months. During this time they can enjoy a break and complete a comprehensive training program in digital security issues relevant to their work.

The program is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

The aim of the scholarship is to provide scholarship holders with practical knowledge on how to protect themselves against digital threats such as surveillance or hacker attacks in their journalistic work. In addition, they will also receive training in how to teach others in their home region about digital security issues.

In the first round of the program advertised here, four scholarships will be awarded for the period from 1.10.2018 to 31.12.2018. In 2019, three further rounds of four scholarships will be awarded in separate calls for applications

Who can apply?

Professional journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists who

  • are exposed to digital threats due to their work in their home regions,
  • want to learn and work extensively with digital security in order to improve their personal security
  • are interested in passing on the knowledge acquired during the scholarship program to colleagues in their home regions and, ideally, already have some experience in teaching (including in other areas).


The scholarship covers the travel costs, take care of all visa-related matters, provide a pleasant apartment in Berlin for the duration of the scholarship, pocket money of around € 1000 per month, free use of public transport in Berlin and a fully equipped computer, and also organize participation in a varied scholarship program taught by experts in the field of digital security and didactics. Furthermore, during their stay in Berlin scholarship holders will be given insights into the activities of a globally active journalist and human rights organization.


Scholarship holders must have good to very good command of English, as the working language of the scholarship program will be English. They should also have adequate experience working as a journalist. In addition, applicants must have every intention of returning to their home region after three to four months of residence in Germany.

How to apply:

Please send a completed and signed application form, the completed questionnaire, your CV and your identity documents (scanned copies) in separate PDF documents as email attachments (in total 4 PDFs) by email to (GnuPG/GPG-Key). If you use Proton-Mail, please send your application to If you use Signal-Messenger, you can also send your application to +49163 6182705. The deadline for applications is 09.08.2018.

Security advice for your sending your application

Reporters Without Borders strongly recommend sending your application in a secure, encrypted way.
They suggested that you send them an email and encrypt it with Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). If you are not sure, how to use PGP, have a look here:
How to: Use PGP for Windows
How to: Use PGP for macOS
How to: Use PGP for Linux

Alternatively, they recommend sending your application by sending it through your Protonmail-account. Protonmail is an end-to-end encrypted email service. You can get a free account here. Our address is Please be aware, that you have to send your mail from your Protonmail-account to our Protonmail-account, if you want your email to be encrypted end-to-end.

Alternatively, they also recommend sending your application via Signal-Messenger. Signal is an encrypted communications app for Android and iOS, you can download the free app in the app stores on your device. Signal uses standard cellular mobile numbers as identifiers, and uses end-to-end encryption to secure all communications to other Signal users. The mobile number for Signal is +49163 6182705

Application Deadline: 9th August, 2018.

For more information, please visit the official website here.

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