Glittering prizes!

The Freelance has received invitations to apply for several prizes and bursaries, including the US$5000 Kurt Schork award in International Journalism. Details below:

Deadline: 1 May


Applications are being accepted for the 2004 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. Two prizes worth US$5,000 each will be awarded to a freelance journalist covering foreign news and a reporter in a developing nation or country in transition.

The 2003 local reporting award was given to Asha Krishnakumar (India) and the freelance journalist award was given to Elizabeth Rubin.

The prizes were established by the Schork family in honor of American journalist Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone. The awards are supported by Reuters and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The winners will be judged not only on the quality of writing and investigative effort, but also on the level of courage and resourcefulness demonstrated by the applicants.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS POSTMARK MAY 1, 2004. There is no entry fee. Award criteria and entry forms are available at the web site:

For further information, contact:

Irena Choi Stern, Administrator, Kurt Schork Awards
Columbia University
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
tel: (00 1) 212-854-8653

Deadline: 2 April

at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)
in Vienna

The Milena Jesenská Fellowship program was established by the Institute for Human Sciences and by the European Cultural Foundation and is supported by Project Syndicate.


The program offers journalists working in print, broadcast and electronic journalism time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a European topic of their choice. The call for applications 2004/05 is directed towards cultural journalists, with the term "cultural" interpreted in a broad sense to encompass all kinds of artistic and intellectual disciplines.


Milena Jesenská Fellows are invited to spend three months at the IWM in Vienna, Austria. Recipients of the fellowships are given a stipend of € 7.630 and provided with office space, a PC with broadband Internet access, and access to IWMs in-house research facilities as well as other relevant sources in Vienna. Travel grants of up to € 1.820 will be available for research visits to neighbouring countries.

Candidates for the Milena Jesenská fellowships must have several years of experience in professional journalism. Their work may deal with any topic related with cultural issues of a European relevance, especially against the backdrop of enlargement. Fellowships are not intended for entry-level journalists or students.


  • Helena Luczywo, Managing Editor-in-chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw
  • Gerfried Sperl, Editor-in-chief, Der Standard, Vienna (Chair)
  • Laura Starink, NRC-Handelsblad, Rotterdam
  • Anita Traninger, Managing Director, IWM, Vienna
  • Gottfried Wagner; Secretary General, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam


The application consists of:

  • the application form completed by computer or type writer. The form is available at or via fax: +43-1-313 58-30 or via e-mail:
  • a CV
  • a concise project proposal in English (not more than 3 double-spaced pages)

Deadline for applications is April 2, 2004 (date of receipt). Applicants will be notified of the decision in summer 2004. The jury is not obliged to publicly justify its decisions.

Please address applications to:

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM)
Milena Jesenská Fellowships for Journalists
Spittelauer Lände 3
A-1090 Vienna

Applications by e-mail are eligible:, subject header: Milena Jesenska

Contact: Mary Nicklas,

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