Call for Applications / Applying

The deadline has expired. Thank you for the numerous candidatures! Unfortunately, further requests cannot be considered.

We ask for your understanding that we can only contact applicants who are shortlisted for a spot on the program. The ones who are shortlisted will will be contacted by the end of February 2020 at the latest.

Who can apply?

Professional journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists who

  • are exposed to digital threats in their home countries because of their work,

  • want comprehensive training in digital security to improve their personal security and

  • are interested in passing on the knowledge acquired during the scholarship program to colleagues in their home countries and, ideally, already have some experience in teaching (including in other areas).


Applicants must have very good English skills as the scholarship program is taught in English only.

Prior experience in the area of digital security is not required; anyone who is used to working on a computer can apply.

Applicants should have sufficient journalistic experience, either as a professional journalist or a citizen journalist.

In addition, applicants must make plausible that they have every intention of returning to their home country after the four months in Germany.

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 +491789688764, or if you have a ProtonMail account to rsf.digitalfreedom[at] If you know how to use PGP, you can also send it as an encrypted email to digitalfreedom[at] (GnuPG/GPG-Key).

The application form and the questionnaire are editable 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 place 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, or alternatively in an encrypted email.

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: +491789688764.

Another option is to encrypt your application documents using the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) programme and send them via email to digitalfreedom[at] Instructions for using PGP are available here:

How to: Use PGP for Windows
How to: Use PGP for macOS
How to: Use PGP for Linux

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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