Call for the German-Northern European Journalists’ Bursary

Deadline: 15 November, 2019


The German non-profit organization International Journalists’ Programmes announces its twenty-first bursary in 2020 for journalists from Germany and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In 2015 the exchange with the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania was also included.


Up to eleven German and eleven Nordic / Baltic journalists in total will have the opportunity to work for a media outlet in the respective other country from April to May 2020.


Journalists from all six countries, who join the German-Northern European Scholarship, gain personal experience and professional insight of the political landscape, the economy, and of the everyday life in the host country. Participants from the Northern countries meet opinion- and decision-makers in Germany, the largest country in the European Union. The programme is funded by the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office of the German Federal Government), by the foreign ministries of the Nordic countries and by a small circle of private sponsors.


The scholarship programme starts in April 2020 with a three-day introduction conference (2nd to 4th of April 2020) in one of the Nordic capitals or Berlin. Immediately afterwards, the participating journalists will take up their internships at the host media. If necessary, changes to the schedule can be discussed, due to individual needs. The host media will be selected by the IJP according to the interests and qualifications of the bursary recipients.


During a final meeting (May 28th to 30th, 2020) participants are requested to deliver a three-page account of their experience and a clipping of newspaper articles and/or radio, television or online contributions. Those reports and contributions will be part of the final documentation. Furthermore, the participants are invited to stay in touch through the IJP alumni network.


Selected candidates will receive EUR3,800, which should cover airfares, transportation, accommodation and meals.


The application must be handed in before November 15th, 2019 and should include:

• CV, including photograph
• letter of recommendation by an editor, supporting the application
• four written samples of work (TV and radio journalists are asked to send a comprehensive list of contributions)
• preferences of host media outlets and of host regions (i.e. Munich) in Germany.

The selection committee will inform applicants by December 15th, 2019.


For more information on how to apply to the German-Northern European Scholarship, please click HERE.