We request that you acquaint yourself thoroughly with the information presented on this page before submitting your application.

Who Can Participate in the School?
  • Age: 18 and above.
  • Proficiency in Russian and English (at least B2 level).
  • Work experience in journalism and related fields up to 3 years (this requirement is non-compulsory).
    Lack of media experience is not a hindrance to submitting applications.
Application Requirements
  • Professional resume.
  • Concept of a media project that you plan to implement after completing the training.
  • A 1-minute video in English introducing yourself and discussing your professional interests.
How to Apply?

You can apply to participate in the school by filling out this form. The application deadline is Mar 15, 2024 (23:59 CET).

Application Review Conditions

The selection of participants is carried out by a professional jury consisting of journalists, media managers, and school organizers. Please pay close attention to filling out the application – this way the jury can learn more about you and your project. In the questionnaire, we inquire about your photo- and video-shooting skills and proficiency in various programs, but these are not criteria for competitive selection.

The main part of the application is the concept of the media project. Read below for information on how to write it.

Only individual works will be considered for the competitive selection. We do not accept applications from teams, as well as identical media projects from different applicants. However, students can involve others in the process of working on the project. We recommend looking at the works of our alumni to understand the task better and get inspired to write your own application.

We will inform you about the selection results no later than April 15, 2024.

Media Project Concept

The concept is the most crucial part of your application, and the outcome of the competitive selection process will largely depend on it. It is a brief description of the media project idea, format, implementation plan, and distribution. The project idea should be fresh, and it needs to be formulated as clearly as possible. Avoid stating general themes such as “Feminism,” “Ecology,” “Sanctions,” “War,” or topics extensively covered by the media. Strive to either offer a new perspective on known issues or talk about something that has not become mainstream in journalism. Explain why your theme might be interesting to the audience.

Do not propose projects that you cannot independently complete by the end of the year or that require additional resources.

Format. You can choose any format that most effectively engages the audience. It is important that you can independently implement your project. Do not propose creating a documentary film or other complex formats if you lack experience.

Distribution. Distribution is an equally important component of journalistic work as content. How do you plan to attract attention, increase coverage, and interact with your audience? What platforms and partners do you plan to use for publication?

Where will the Summer School take place?

In 2024, the Summer School will be held at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany) from July 14 to July 27.

How much does it cost to participate in the Summer School?

Participation in the program is free. The school also covers transport expenses and provides accommodation, meals, and insurance.

Can I combine participation in the Summer School with work or study?

The Summer School program is intensive, and we expect participants to attend all sessions outlined in the program. Combining work and study is not possible.

What if I don’t have a visa?

The school provides assistance in obtaining Schengen visas for program participation.