Reporters Without Borders Germany invites application for Berlin Scholarship Program 2019 . The duration of the Berlin Scholarship in Germany is 4 months and it is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

The aim of the journalism 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.

The Berlin Scholarship Program will run from May 1st, 2019 until December 31st, 2019.  During this time they can enjoy a break and complete a comprehensive training program in digital security issues relevant to their work.

Berlin Scholarship Program 2019 Details:

Host Country:

  • Germany

Host Organisation:

  • Reporters Without Borders Germany

Program Duration:

  • 4 Months

Program Dates:

  • May 1st, 2019 until December 31st, 2019

Main Topics:

  • Threat Model for Journalists: How do I identify my risks?
  • Legal Standards: What rights do journalists have against government surveillance?
  • Technical Background: How does the internet technically work (including IP, DNS and email communication)?
  • Encryption: How can you secure your communications (email, calls, messaging, etc.) against surveillance?
  • Anonymization: How can you hide yourself online?
  • Security on Social Media: How do you secure your accounts and what helps against trolling?
  • Commercial Surveillance: What do companies want to know about their clients and how can you protect yourself against it?

Scholarship Value:

  • They cover the travel costs, take care of all visa-related matters
  • Provide a pleasant apartment in Berlin for the duration of the scholarship
  • a monthly stipend of € 1000, free use of public transportation in Berlin, and also organize participation in a varied scholarship program taught by experts in the field of digital security.
  • Furthermore, during their stay in Berlin, scholarship holders will be given insights into the activities of Reporters Without Borders, a globally-active journalist and human rights organization.

Eligibility Criteria:

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).

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a very strong command of the English language, as the scholarship program will be conducted entirely in English.
  • A high level of proficiency in regards to digital security is not required; anyone who is used to working with a computer can apply.
  • Applicants should also have adequate experience working as a journalist, be it as a professional journalist or a citizen journalist.
  • In addition, applicants must have every intention of returning to their home region after four months of residence in Germany.

How to Apply Berlin Scholarship Program 2019?

Please send a completed and signed application form, the completed questionnaire, your CV and your identity documents in separate PDF documents as attachments (in total 4 PDF’s) either via: Signal-Messenger to +49163 6182705 or if you have an Protonmail-Account to or if you know how to use PGP by encrypted email to (GnuPG/GPG-Key).

The application form and the questionnaire are fillable PDF’s. So please fill out the files on your computer and send them to us like that, so that we are able to read your whole text:

  1. Safe the files
  2. Fill out the files on your computer
  3. Save the filled out files again
  4. Send the documents to us

Application Deadline:

  • The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 19th 2019 at 23:59 (Central European Time).



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Deadline is February 19, 2019