Summer School of Journalism

The Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom offers a three-week intensive, interactive summer study program for promising young journalists. The Boris Nemtsov Academic Center for the Study of Russia, established at the Faculty of Arts (Charles University), hosts the School.

It is an annual program starting mid-July and ending in early August. This year the School will be held in Germany.

The program at the Boris Nemtsov Summer School is fully funded and designed for young journalists, media activists, and bloggers from Russia’s post-Soviet countries, Europe, and the U.S. who are focused on Russia and the CIS region. Fluency in Russian is obligatory for all applicants.

The maximum group size is limited to 30 people.

The program offers:

  • Lectures and masterclasses taught by leading Russian and European journalists, political scientists, economists, and other public figures;
  • Case-study sessions;
  • Creative writing and storytelling;
  • Investigative journalism ;
  • Media management;
  • Promotion of scientific findings; 
  • AI tools in media.

Participants will be offered an extensive extra-curricular program, including sightseeing tours and other activities.

Each participant of the School is expected to develop his/her media product (text, video, or a combination of both) upon completion of the program. The concept note with a brief description of the proposed media product (online or video formats) must be submitted along with the application. Your proposed media product should be relevant and explore an important political, social, or economic problem. Each participant will receive assistance and supervision during his/her work on the project.

Applications for participation in the Summer School open every year in the spring.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can be reached via e-mail: [email protected].