Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship

Winners of the Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support. Through the fellowships, Index seeks to maximise the impact and sustainability of voices at the forefront of pushing back censorship worldwide.

The nomination period for the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship has now closed.

The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship programme offers 12 months of support to individuals or organisations fighting to defeat censorship worldwide. Fellows receive assistance throughout the year, beginning with an all-expenses-paid training week in London. The Fellowship is an opportunity to build new skills and to network with other groups fighting for similar causes. The Fellowship encourages collaboration, helps maximise ongoing work and supports sustainability. The Fellowship is an enriching, one-of-a-kind experience in which fellows become part of a supportive worldwide community of free expression champions.

Nominations for the 2020 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship will open in June 2019.

Campaigning

2018 Fellows

Selected from over 400 public nominations and a shortlist of 16, the 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows exemplify courage in the face of censorship. Learn more about the fellowship.

Campaigning

ECRF

The 2018 Campaigning Award is supported by Doughty Street Chambers

Digital Activism

Habari RDC

The 2018 Digital Activism Award is sponsored by Private Internet Access

Journalism

Wendy Funes

The 2018 Journalism Award is sponsored by Vice News

2017 Fellows

Selected from over 400 public nominations and a shortlist of 16, the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows exemplify courage in the face of censorship. Learn more about the fellowship.

Campaigning

Ildar Dadin

Ildar Dadin is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Campaigning Fellow

The 2017 Campaigning Award is supported by Doughty Street Chambers

Digital Activism

Turkey Blocks

Turkey Blocks is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Digital Activism Fellow

The 2017 Digital Activism Award is sponsored by Private Internet Access

Journalism

Maldives Independent

Maldives Independent is the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellow for Journalism

The 2017 Journalism Award is sponsored by CNN

2019 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship Timeline

25 JUN – 24 SEP 2018

NOMINATIONS

DEC 2018

JUDGING PANEL

JAN 2018

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

1-5 APR 2019

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP WEEK

4 APR 2019

AWARDS GALA

APR 2019 – MAR 2020

AWARDS FELLOWSHIP

About the Awards Fellowship

One Full Year

Fellows receive 12 months of direct assistance, starting with an all-expenses-paid training week in London in April 2018.

Survive

Index helps fellows build key partnerships, troubleshoot and receive expert support in multiple areas including personal safety, finance, PR and mental health.

Thrive

Fellows work with Index and partners to identify and realise key strategic goals.

Amplify

Index promotes news and regional developments through our magazine, website and social media.

Network

Fellows become part of a supportive community of free expression champions worldwide.

What we look for in selecting Awards Fellows

Timeliness

A significant contribution within the past 12 months.

Resilience

Courage to speak out, persisting in the face of adversity.

Innovation

Creative ways of promoting free expression or circumventing censorship.

Impact

Evidence of shifting perceptions, influencing public or government opinion, contributing to legislative change.

Need

Those cases where the 2018 Awards Fellowship can potentially add the most value.

We award Fellowships in four categories

Arts

for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression

Campaigning

for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression

Digital Activism

for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information

Journalism

for courageous, high-impact and determined journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression

SPONSORS

The Freedom of Expression Awards and Fellowship have massive impact. You can help by sponsoring or supporting a fellowship.

Index is grateful to those who supported the 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowships:

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If you are interested in sponsorship you can contact [email protected]