Index invites the public, NGOs and media organizations to nominate individuals in four categories: arts, campaigning, digital activism and journalism in the Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship in 2019.

The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship exists to celebrate individuals or groups who have had a significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world. Index works with the winners to provide longer-term assistance to help fellows maximise their impact and broaden their networks.

The Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship programme offers direct support to groups and individuals striving to defeat censorship globally.

Every year, Index attracts a diverse field of strong public nominations. From journalists to campaigners, and digital activists to artists, over 400 candidates are nominated from across the world – all are introduced to Index on Censorship and offered their support.

From this field, 16 are selected as the annual Freedom of Expression Awards shortlist. Index works closely with this entire shortlist, raising awareness of their important stories and

Finally, four of the most remarkable candidates are chosen by an independent panel of judges to take part in a year-long Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship.

Worth of Award

  • Fellows receive 12 months of direct assistance, starting with an all-expenses-paid training week in London.
  • Index helps fellows build key partnerships, troubleshoot and receive expert support in multiple areas including digital security, strategy and communications.
  • 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 Awards Fellowship can potentially add the most value.



  • for artists and arts producers whose work challenges repression, injustice and celebrates artistic free expression.
  • This could include visual or performing artists, musicians, cartoonists, creative writers, whether solo or collectives.


  • for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting free expression on the ground.
  • This could include individuals or organisations.

Digital Activism

  • for ground-breaking technology that circumvents censorship enabling the free and independent exchange of information.
  • This could include new apps, digital tools or software.


  • for courageous and determined journalism that exposes censorship, threats to free expression and demands access to information.
  • This could include bloggers, news outlets and investigative nonprofits.

How to Apply

Nominations is available on the website by following the link below

Deadline: Nominations close July 31, 2019.


Click here for more details and to apply

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