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 July 14 to 27, 2024

Dortmund, Germany.


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Boris Nemtsov

Summer School of Journalism and Socio-Cultural Studies


The Boris Nemtsov Summer School of Journalism and Socio-Cultural Studies invites aspiring journalists to participate in a free two-week intensive course to pursue a career in media. Led by top professionals in the field, the school offers valuable learning opportunities.


Eager to join? Watch a brief video about the school and submit your application!

What participants will gain

  • Engaging lectures from Russian and European journalists, filmmakers, and scientists

  • Hands-on workshops covering investigative journalism, media management, and ethical dilemmas

  • Insightful discussions with experts in politics, sociology, and culture.

  • Collaborative seminars with students from the faculty of Journalism at the Technical University of Dortmund

  • Informal communication with colleagues: the school organizes networking sessions, joint dinners, and excursions, and in their free time, participants explore the city and surrounding areas together.

  • Instruction provided in both English and Russian



Current topics
  • Gender and sexuality issues under authoritarian regimes

  • Changes in the Russian media system since 2022

  • The role of the Global South in the modern world

  • Journalism in exile

  • Storytelling in journalism and documentary filmmaking

  • Social media management

  • Creating Reels

  • Delivering TED Talks-style presentations with the help of professional coaches

  • Opportunities to pitch media projects and receive professional feedback

  • Networking sessions with media experts, instructors, students, and activists from different regions

  • Connecting with like-minded individuals from various cities and countries


The curriculum evolves annually to reflect changes in media dynamics and student interests. Instructors are founders of leading media outlets, researchers from prestigious universities, and creators of popular podcasts and YouTube channels.

Curious? Check out short interviews with the School-2023 instructors!


Who Can Apply


This program is tailored for individuals who:

  • Are over 18 years old

  • Have recently started working in media or related fields 

  • Seek professional growth and global connections

  • Are fluent in Russian and have English proficiency at the B2 level or higher

  • Can commit to two weeks of intensive classes and School meetings, temporarily pausing other projects

Lack of media experience won't hinder your application.

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How to Apply


Describe the concept of the media project


This is a brief description of the idea, format, implementation plan, and distribution strategy of the media project. This is the most important part of the application, upon which the outcome of the selection process will largely depend.

Make a 1-minute video


in English introducing yourself and your professional interests

Fill out the application form in Russian using a laptop


Graduate Projects


In 2024, the Nemtsov Foundation's Summer School will be held for the seventh time. The school focuses on practical knowledge: over two weeks of intensive classes, students have the unique opportunity to quickly immerse themselves in the professional environment and undergo an accelerated professional development course.



During the School, participants pitch their media projects, and top materials are later published on partner media platforms. See what our graduates have achieved and get inspired to submit your own application!


As part of the «Assistants» project with the support of the Summer School, the editorial board of Metla released an investigation about the rector of St. Petersburg State University, who signed an appeal to Putin in support of the military invasion of Ukraine.



Aby Shukyurov presented a study on the consequences of abortion bans using examples from the USSR, Poland, and the United States. The material can be found in the publication «To Be Exact».



Vasiliy Krestyaninov became the author of photo reports for the piece of «Novaya Gazeta Europe», which published the story of a local resident whose house on the Greek island of Rhodes burned down during the fires that started due to extreme heat and drought. 

Additionally, with the support of the Nemtsov Foundation, Vasiliy Krestyaninov released a poignant photo project on forced emigration titled  «Longing for Ukraine», which was published in the «Help desk media».

Graduate Reviews

Artyom Leshko
Journalist and Photographer
School Graduate - 2023

The Nemtsov School has become one of the reasons why I didn't give up and still continue to pursue journalism. I've had a challenging journey in the profession. Currently, I cannot return home because I collaborated with a publication recognized as "extremist." The school provided new energy, strength, and the opportunity to feel myself in the profession again. It was incredibly important and supportive that for those two weeks, someone cared about me: I could not just survive but exhale, and think only about journalism and my future path.

Жанна Немцова


Zhanna Nemtsova

Co-founder of the Nemtsov Foundation, Director of the Summer School of Journalism

Susan Fengler

Professor, Scientific Director, Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Technical University of Dortmund

Olga Shorina

Co-founder of the Nemtsov Foundation, Journalist, Deutsche Welle Editor

Marek Prikhoda

Co-director, Boris Nemtsov Academic Center for Russian Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Summer School Partners


Ruhr University,

Bochum, Germany


Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany


  • How to develop a media project concept?
    A media project concept entails a concise description of the idea, format, implementation plan, and distribution strategy. It's a crucial part of the application process, greatly influencing the outcome of the competitive selection. Here are the key guidelines from the School: Clearly articulate the idea behind your media project. Provide a fresh perspective on familiar topics or delve into less explored areas of journalism. Justify why your chosen topic and format would appeal to the audience. Outline your distribution plan: how you intend to attract attention, expand your reach, and engage with your media product's consumers. Which platforms and partners do you plan to utilize for publishing? What not to do: Avoid selecting common topics that frequently appear in the media, such as "feminism," "ecology," "sanctions," or "war." Refrain from proposing projects that you won't be able to execute independently by the end of the year or ones requiring additional resources. Steer clear of suggesting complex formats in which you lack experience.
  • Where will the Summer School be held?
    Шn 2024, the Summer School will be hosted at the Erich Brost Institute of International Journalism, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, from July 14 to 27.
  • How much does it cost to attend Summer School?
    Participation in the program is completely free of charge. Additionally, the school covers transportation expenses and provides accommodation, meals, and insurance.
  • Can I juggle Summer School with work or study?
    Participants are required to dedicate their time solely to attending all scheduled classes. Due to the program's intensity, it's not feasible to balance it with work or other projects.
  • In which language will the classes be conducted?
    Classes during the first week will be conducted in English, while those in the second week will be in Russian.
  • Where will I be accommodated during the Summer School?
    The school arranges two-week accommodation for all participants in single rooms at a hotel conveniently located within transportation reach from the University of Dortmund.
  • What should I do if I don't have a visa?
    The school offers assistance in obtaining visas for program participation. If you encounter any visa-related difficulties, we'll provide support.
  • Can I reapply if my application was rejected in previous years?
    Yes, you can revise or rewrite your application and reapply again. The composition of the jury also changes from year to year, so you have every chance of success.

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