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IJP German-Northern European Journalists’ Bursary Program, 2016

The German non-profit organization IJP–International Journalists’ Programmes is offering bursary for early and mid-career journalists in 2016. Five journalists from the Nordic countries and six from the Baltic states will have the opportunity to work for German media outlets for two months in 2016. At the same time, five German journalists visit host media in Northern Europe. A recent addition is the possibility for six journalists from the Baltic countries to work for a media organization in Germany. The programme starts off with a four-day introductory conference in one of the Nordic capitals or Berlin (April 7th-10th, 2016). Subsequently, the participating journalists will begin their stay at their respective host organizations.

Study Subject(s): Bursary is awarded in Journalism area. Journalist will gain personal experience and professional insight of the political landscape, the economy and of the everyday life in the host country.
Course Level: Bursary is available for early and mid-career journalists to work for media outlets.
Scholarship Provider: 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.
Award can be taken at: Germany (journalists from Nordic countries and Baltic countries) and Northern Europe (German journalists)

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Eligibility: The application is open to any journalist from the Nordic or the Baltic countries aged between 18 and 40, working for any print, radio or TV media (employed or freelancer). The applicant should have some knowledge of the German language, although fluent German is not expected. At least workable knowledge of English is essential.

Open for International Students: Journalists from Germany; the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania can apply for this journalism bursary program.

Description:  The German non-profit organization IJP – International Journalists’ Programmes – hereby announces its seventeenth bursary in 2016 for journalists from Germany and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. A new addition is the exchange with the Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Number of award(s): Five journalists, one from each Nordic country, will have the opportunity to work for German media outlets for two months in 2016. At the same time, five German journalists visit host media in Northern Europe. A recent addition is the possibility for six journalists from the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to work for a media organization in Germany.

Duration of award(s): The duration of this bursary is two months, between April and June. The programme starts in April 2016 with a four-day introduction conference (7th to 10th April, 2016) in one of the Nordic capitals or Berlin. Immediately afterwards, the participating journalists will take up their internships at the host media. 

What does it cover? Each scholar will receive a single payment of 3,700 Euro to cover a part of travel expenses, accommodation and personal expenses during their stay in Germany. Additional costs should be paid by each scholar. Payment for the work in Germany is up to the individual media and cannot be expected.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: The selection committee will inform applicants by January 15th, 2016.

How to Apply: The application must be handed via post or email before November 15th, 2015 and should include:
-CV, incl. photograph
-letter of recommendation by an editor, supporting the application
-four written samples of work (TV and radio journalists are asked not to send tapes but a comprehensive list of contributions)
-preferences of host media outlets and of host regions (i.e. Munich) in Germany.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 15th, 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application