German-Eastern European Journalists Scholarship

Deadline: 15 April 2013
Open to: journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries.
Fellowship: stipends of EUR3,900 (about US$5,300) each, for travel expenses, health insurance and accommodation


For the year 2013 the International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) are offering the 13th year of their scholarship program for Eastern Europe. Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries can apply for this fellowship.

Five German journalists have the opportunity to work during the months of September-October at a medium in a Russian-and Polish-language media as a guest editor. At the same time the scholarship program for journalists from the CIS countries, and Poland is announced, who can apply for a two-month stay in Germany.

The CIS countries are consisted of the official member states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; plus Ukraine and Turkmenistan as unofficial member states.

The aim of the program is to give young journalists an idea of the politics, economy, culture and social life of Germany, and give them an opportunity to gain work experience in foreign newsrooms.

The fellowship begins in early October 2013 with a four-day introductory session in Tbilisi. This is followed, in general, the eight-week stay in the Eastern European and German media immediately. Fellows will intern in German newsrooms and work as foreign correspondents covering events in Germany for their countries’ media.

Participants will receive stipends of EUR3,900 (about US$5,300) each, which will cover travel expenses, health insurance and accommodations.


Staff or freelance journalists ages 23 to 35 can participate in the program. Applicants must have excellent knowledge of the German language.


The application deadline is 15 April 2013. You must include in the application: 

  • a CV with passport photo
  • a letter of motivation
  • a journalistic report of the department head or chief editor (which also supports the application, if the leave of absence for the duration of the fellowship ensures and serves as proof of journalistic activity)
  • maximum of three written work samples, television and radio journalists will be asked to work as a proof of no tape, but a list of outstanding contributions
  • indicate a preference for certain countries and media, and an indication of whether the application should apply to all or only to designated countries.

The selection is made with the exclusion of those remedies by a jury based on the application documents by 1 June.

Address for Applications

German-Eastern European Journalists scholarship
Postfach 310746
10637 Berlin

The German-East European scholarship program is supported each year through public and private partners. Main sponsors are the ZEIT Foundation , the Mercator Foundation, the Foreign Office, the Commerzbank and the German bank.

For questions, please contact Mr. Miodrag Soric at [email protected]. More information may be found in German at the program call for applications HERE or at the official website HERE.

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