Press tour: Ukraine between awakening, war and pandemic

Call for applications for a dialogue and information program for journalists

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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism invite journalists from Germany to participate in a six-day dialogue and information program in Ukraine. During the trip, exclusive interlocutors will provide insights into the domestic and foreign policy situation as well as into political and social developments. Special attention will be paid to the reform policy as well as the social and economic consequences of the pandemic and the efforts to end the war in the Donbass. Therefore, the program will take place in Kiev as well as in the east of the country. 


The trip is scheduled for October, 17 2021 (arrival in Kiev) to October 23, 2021 (departure). The three-day program in Kyiv will consist of talks with politicians, business leaders and civil society representatives. In eastern Ukraine, the program will include talks with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, local representatives of Ukrainian cities and humanitarian missions, civil society activists and the Army of Ukraine. Furthermore, a visit to the demining operation is planned. Whether the participants can visit the contact line must be decided on a daily basis and depends on the security situation.

Working languages are German/Ukrainian with simultaneous translation. Individual talks can be held in English. All expenses for travel, accommodation, insurance and food will be covered by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. All participants must commit to take part in the whole program. The program will be conducted according to all possible and by Ukrainian law officially required safety- and hygienic measures. 

On arrival in Ukraine, all foreigners must prove to have a health insurance issued by a Ukrainian or in Ukraine represented insurance company that covers COVID-19. Additionally, a negative PCR test or antigen rapid test result that was done not more than 72 hours before arrival or the proof of a full vaccination with a WHO approved vaccine must be presented. It is not sufficient to prove the recovery from a COVID-19 infection or to prove existing antibodies. All foreigners, who are not fully vaccinated, must install the “Vdoma” app before entering the country and must self-isolate for 10 days within 72 hours after crossing the border. It is not necessary to go in self-isolation if a proof of a negative PCR or antigen rapid test can be shown within these 72 hours. To avoid self-isolation, non-vaccinated participants of this program will have the chance to take a PCR or antigen rapid test at the Kyiv Boryspil Airport after entering the country. 

Requirements for application:

  • Work experience as a journalist in a German media institution (freelancers and journalists from regional/local media are highly welcomed). Please let us know if other representatives from your media institution, for example camera people, will join.
  • Interest in eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine. Experiences and publications in the sphere of international relations as well as reporting on the region are an asset, but not a requirement.
  • Willingness to create at least one journalistic product on Ukraine after the program

Please follow this link to send us your comprehensive application until the 24th of September 2021: LINK

In case of any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Koval-Honchar, Project Coordinator of the FES in Ukraine: