The Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme

Deadline: 15 February 2015
Open to: journalists from Southern Africa and Germany between the age of 25 and 40 who regularly work for a media organisation 
 3,000 Euro


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 International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African 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.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.

All selected IJP-Fellows will start the programme with an Introductory Conference for all delegates, and after that they will work for several weeks with media houses before going out to undertake individual research within Germany. The Fellowship will start on June/July 2015 for African journalists and German journalists will start on August/September 2015.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a journalist from Germany or 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, Zimbabwe and Kenia);
  • Be between 25- 40 years old;
  • Have a strong command of the English language (German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory);
  • Work regularly for a media organisation.


The fellows will receive a fixed payment of 3,000 Euro to cover most of their travel, accommodation and living expenses.


In order to apply you need to submit the following documents:

  • A one-page resume detailing your education and work experience;
  • Copies of certificates of German and English;
  • Two copies of articles written by you (TV and radio journalists must type up their reports since no audio or video tapes can be considered);
  • A journalistic reference from your editor or head of department;
  • A 800 word essay addressing the following topics:
    • Why you would like to work in Germany;
    • What you expect from IJP and what you think you can contribute to it?
    • What are the 3 research topics you want to pursue during the fellowship?
    • What role you expect to play at your home media in the future?
    • How you will spend the bursary?

Applications must be sent by email to: [email protected]

The deadline to apply is 15 February 2015. Selected candidates will be announced on March 17th, 2015.

For further information please visit the official website.

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