Africa: Scholarships for African Students in Germany-International Journalists‘ Programmes (IJP) 2009

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Africa: Scholarships for African Students in Germany-International Journalists‘ Programmes (IJP) 2009: For the ninth time the International Journalists‘ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and up to five young German journalists. For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.

It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory.

The Southern African-German Journalists‘ Programme is a multiyear effort to shape an integrated understanding of the other country and region and to foster relations between Africa and Germany. It has been offered as a response to concerns about an increasing political and cultural detachment between Africa and Europe. The bursary is intended to enable young journalists to gain valuable insights into the political, economical, cultural as well as the social fabric of the host country.

For all selected IJP-Fellows 2008 the Programme starts with an Introductory Conference for all delegates (May 27th – May 31st, 2008) in Berlin. This will allow the participants from Southern Africa to familiarise themselves with the host country. After that they will work for several weeks with media houses before going out to undertake individual research within Germany. Applicants are asked to submit their preferences for the newspaper, radio or TV station or news agency they would like to work with. The possible location will be chosen by the IJP organisers in dialogue with each delegate. It is expected that former and new participants assist one another with regard to accommodation and contacts.

Application 2009

All journalists from Southern Africa (SADC Member States) between the age of 25 and 35 who regularly work for a media organisation can apply. But they must be either German or Southern Africans.

It is assumed that all delegates have a strong command of the English language. German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory. The organisers expect each participant to be thoroughly and intensively prepared for the programme, as this is an essential criterion for the grant.

Applicants are asked to send the application documents (E-mail) to the following address not before December 1st, 2008 and until January 31st, 2009:

IJP e. V.
The Southern African Bursary
c/o Deutsche Welle
Marco Vollmar
53113 Bonn

Email: vollmar(at)

Each application must contain the following documents:

- a letter outlining the motivation and the planned subjects for research
- Curriculum Vitae including phone, fax and e-mail contacts
- a passport-size photo
- two samples of work (not more), TV and radio journalists must type up their reports since no audio or video tapes can be considered
- a journalistic reference written by the current editor (freelancers should submit a reference from a senior journalist). Where appropriate, the reference should also guarantee leave of absence for the duration of the programme

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