The Program is aimed at journalists, bloggers media- and civic activists and researchers from Russia, CIS region, Europe and the U.S. We prefer applicants whose professional experience in journalism, PR or/and communication does not exceed 3 years.  Professional experience is not required.  The main requirements are:

  • Concept note of a media project
  • Solid command of the Russian language

What information should be included in your biography?
Biography must include your personal and professional information as well as areas of professional interests. We would like to ask you to list the following skills you possess:  filming and video editing; websites and multimedia projects development with the use of specialized platforms, SMM. This information is not among eligibility criteria, but will help us tailor the study program that best suits your needs.

What is a concept note?
The concept note is a brief description of the media project an applicant would like to develop upon completion of the study program.  The idea of the project must be relevant and focused on any political, economic, social, or cultural issue. An applicant should propose an appealing format that better communicates the main message of the story/report and preliminary timeline. It is important to propose realistic projects that do not require additional funding and can be developed by the end of the year.

Does the Program offer professional support?
Participants present and discuss their projects during special workshops moderated by professional journalists and editors.  Each participant will have an individual supervisor to assist in his/her work on the project.  Top media stories and reports are published by partner media outlets.   You could check the link (link to Media projects) to read our Alumni ’18 media reports.

How to acquire a Czech visa?
The Summer School is a non-degree program and there are no special visa requirements. The Boris Nemtsov Foundation offers visa support for participants. If you have a valid Schengen visa, you do not need to apply for another visa.  Nationals of the EU, the U.S., Ukraine and Georgia do not need visas to enter the country.

Do I need pocket money?
This is a fully-funded program. For all accepted participants, the Boris Nemtsov Foundation covers airfare and ground transportation (trains) to and from Prague, passes for public transportation inside the city, meals and medical insurance for the duration of the program. Any additional expenses are not covered.

How does the daily schedule look like?
We expect our participants to attend all sessions.  The study program starts on July 15, 2019 and ends on August 2, 2019. Normally, sessions are held on weekdays (Monday-Friday). However, some speakers are unable to come during the work week due to extremely tight schedules. In this case, we may hold classes on Saturdays or Sundays. Participants are free to plan non-study days on their own.

Do you provide Internet access at the venue?
All sessions are held in the main building of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and have free Internet access.

Could I propose a joint media project?
Our program is designed for individuals, not for teams. We do not accept joint projects. We expect that you are qualified to develop a proposed project on your own, however, there are not any limitations on the involvement of others.

Could I propose several media projects?
You could propose a couple of alternative media projects but it is strongly recommended not to submit more than two projects.