Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship

Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship (Fully-funded to London, UK) 2018

Winners of the 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and emergency assistance. Through the fellowships, Index seeks to maximise the impact and sustainability of voices at the forefront of pushing back censorship worldwide.

Application Deadline: Sunday 8 October 2017.

Offered Annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): London, UK

About the Award: 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.


  • 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

Type: Fellowship


  • The 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship is open to any individual or organisation involved in tackling free expression threats.
  • Four fellowships will be offered,, one in each of the following categories: journalism, campaigning, arts and digital activism.
  • Anyone can nominate or self-nominate.
  • Nominees must have had a recognisable impact in the past 12 months.

Selection Criteria: 

  • 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.

Number of Awards: 4 Fellowships in each of the categories above.

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

How to Apply: Submit your nomination

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Index on Censorship

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