Call for applications closed / How to apply


The deadline for applications has expired on Monday, December 5th 2022 at 23:59 (Central European Time). Unfortunately, further applications cannot be considered.

Future call for applications will be announced on this site.

Who can apply?

Professional journalists, bloggers, media professionals 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 or other areas of knowledge transfer.

  • are able and willing to fully participate in the program. We expect the applicants to be available for all activities of our program including the comprehensive training for digital security. Please plan with about 20 to 25 hours per week from the second until the fourth month of your stay in Berlin


Applicants must have a very strong command of the English language, as the whole scholarship program will be conducted entirely in English.

Applicants must have adequate experience working as a journalist, be it as a professional journalist or a citizen journalist.

A high level of proficiency in regards to digital security is not required; anyone who is used to working with a computer and smart phone can apply.

Are able and willing to fully participate in all activites of the program (see above: Who can apply)

In addition, applicants must show that they are willing to return to their home region after the fellowship in Germany.

Previous teaching experience would be desirable.

How to apply

Please send a completed and signed application form, the completed questionnaire, your CV and a proof of identity (copy of your ID or your passport) as attachments in separate PDF documents (4 PDFs in total) via the Signal messenger service to +491636743853, or if you have a ProtonMail account to rsf.digitalfreedom[at]

The application form and the questionnaire are fillable PDF files. Please fill in these files on a computer and send them to us in this form. Follow these instructions to ensure that we can read all your texts:

1. Save the two PDF files
2. Fill in the two files on your computer
3. Save the completed files again
4. Send the completed files to us

Please use the application form and questionnaire provided by us. We ask for your understanding that we can only contact applicants who are shortlisted for a spot on the program.

Security recommendations for sending your application

We strongly recommend that you send your application via a secure, encrypted route. This is why we recommend that you send your application either via the Signal messenger service or a ProtonMail account to our ProtonMail address.

ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service. You can register for a free account here. Our address is rsf.digitalfreedom[at] Please be aware that your email will only have end-to-end encryption if both the sender and the receiver addresses are ProtonMail addresses.

Signal is an end-to-end encrypted messenger service. You can download the Signal app for free from your smartphone’s app store. Our Signal number is: +491636743853.

Data privacy

The personal data you provide during the application process for the Berlin Scholarship Program will be collected, stored, processed, used and forwarded for the purpose of ascertaining your eligibility for participation in the program and for the evaluation of the program. Reporters Without Borders Germany will store all your data in a secure, encrypted system. By applying, you make your data available only to Reporters Without Borders Germany and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. Your data will not be forwarded to any other institutions, either public or private.



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