Democracy & Social Policy Fellowship

Democracy & Social Policy Fellowship 2018

This year, we are looking for candidates to report on a variety of democracy and social policy topics in the European Union. Applicants should pitch stories related to:

  • Undercovered stories on migration in EU member states: We are looking for stories on migration and asylum policy and on the experiences of immigrants and refugees in Europe that are not well covered. Of particular interest are the unique challenges facing vulnerable groups like the elderly, people with disabilities, women, unaccompanied minors, and LGBTQ individuals.
  • Challenges to democracy in Eastern Europe: We seek stories about the challenges to democratic governance and to open democratic societies in Eastern Europe. Topics could include hostile media environments, shrinking spaces for civil society, growth of populist movements and parties, rising anti-immigrant sentiment, as well as other relevant challenges. Countries of particular focus are Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Croatia.
  • Confronting history: Germany has long had a unique approach to confronting the crimes of the Holocaust, but like many other countries in Europe, it is only beginning to face its colonial history. In light of the events in Charlottesville and difficult discussions in the US about the history of slavery and civil rights, we are looking for comparative reporting on how European countries are confronting the darker chapters of their histories. We are interested in the perspectives of civil society and policymakers, and in issues of memorialization and museum curation, reparations, civic and public education, and broader efforts at national reckoning.
  • Other: Is there another major challenge shared by US and European democracies that you think should be covered? Pitch it, tell us why it’s important and relevant to our work, and we’ll take it into consideration

Research for Democracy & Social Policy should be conducted in the European Union. Applicants should be based in the US and demonstrate a strong motivation for engaging in research and reporting in the European Union.

Interested? Apply to our 2018 Transatlantic Media Fellowship. For more details, please see our call for applications.


About the Democracy & Social Policy Fellowship

HBF’s work on Democracy and Social Policy explores the challenges to US and European democracies: how do developments such as the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe, loss of trust in political institutions, the growing appeal of anti-immigrant rhetoric, a global refugee crisis, rapid digitalization, shrinking civil society spaces and increasingly hostile media environments impact our societies and test the strength of our democracies? Journalists interested in applying for this category of the Transatlantic Media Fellowships should aim to contribute to a nuanced transatlantic policy dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for Western democracies.

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