Rest and Refuge Scholarship is a project run by Reporters Without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to „die tageszeitung“ (taz), a daily newspaper from Berlin.

We invite three journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. We offer them a time of refuge and rest for three months.

Who can apply?

+ Journalists who need a time out from their difficult working conditions. This might be the case after covering stories in an oppressive environment or after covering stories in war or unrest.

+ Journalists who feel the need to lie low awhile and get out of the view of state security because of their journalistic work.

What we offer:

We offer travel expenses, a decent apartment, a monthly stipend of €1000 and free transportation in Berlin for three months. Participants may completely withdraw from public life, use the time for writing and taking walks through town, or they may want to explore political and cultural life in Berlin. We will help the participants with everything.


Participants have to be able to communicate in basic English or in German. Participants should have a relevant working-experience as journalists. They must have the firm intention to return to their country after three months. 

Because of the Corona-Pandemic we are unfortunately not able to determine the precise travel-data (arrival and departure) in 2021. The participants should have in mind that time-changes can´t be excluded. Furthermore, all participants are obliged to follow the Corona-rules in Berlin and elsewhere. 

How to apply:

Please hand in the following documents:

  • Filled out and signed application form
  • Scan of your identity documents (e.g. Passport)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter about your current situation: Why do you need a rest? (max. 1 page)

Please use the application form (Word document) and send the other requested documents combined in one PDF to: The deadline for applications is November 15th 2020.


Security information

We offer to communicate with us via encrypted mail (Protonmail / PGP). The decision will be communicated to the candidates by the beginning of December at the latest.

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