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.
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.
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.
25 JUN – 24 SEP 2018
1-5 APR 2019
AWARDS FELLOWSHIP WEEK
4 APR 2019
APR 2019 – MAR 2020
One Full Year
Fellows receive 12 months of direct assistance, starting with an all-expenses-paid training week in London in April 2018.
Index helps fellows build key partnerships, troubleshoot and receive expert support in multiple areas including personal safety, finance, PR and mental health.
Fellows work with Index and partners to identify and realise key strategic goals.
Index promotes news and regional developments through our magazine, website and social media.
Fellows become part of a supportive community of free expression champions worldwide.
A significant contribution within the past 12 months.
Courage to speak out, persisting in the face of adversity.
Creative ways of promoting free expression or circumventing censorship.
Evidence of shifting perceptions, influencing public or government opinion, contributing to legislative change.
Those cases where the 2018 Awards Fellowship can potentially add the most value.
for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression
for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression
for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information
for courageous, high-impact and determined journalism that exposes censorship and threats to free expression
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:
If you are interested in sponsorship you can contact [email protected]