Apply for Fulbright Beginning Professional Journalist Program

Deadline: 13 October 2015
Open to: students or young professional journalists with a few years of experience
Grant: monthly stipend of EUR 1,300


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The program was created in 1996 to allow U.S. journalists to come to Germany for a research and practice-oriented experience. The approximately 10-month stay begins in September and typically consists of an initial research phase, during which the grantee becomes familiar with his/her project in a German setting, followed by one or more internships with German institutions of print or broadcast media. The Commission takes candidates affiliation preferences into consideration.


  • Beginning professional U.S. journalists in all fields of print, online and broadcast media with a few years of professional experience in journalism and a high level of academic achievement can apply;
  • University graduates can also apply if they have a B.A. or M.A. in journalism or other relevant fields and practical experience in the field;
  • Good to very good proficiency in German is recommended;
  • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship. Applicants with U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.


  • Grant period: mid-September 2016 until mid-July 2017;
  • Monthly stipend of currently EUR 1,300;
  • International travel up to USD 1,400;
  • Incidental allowance of EUR 100/per month;
  • Health insurance through German Fulbright Commission plan;
  • The Fulbright Commission offers intensive language courses (approximately six weeks in duration) in Germany to those grantees whose German language ability is not sufficient at the beginning of the grant to pursue their projects;
  • Current German immigration regulations require a valid passport for American grantees traveling to Germany. The Fulbright Commission assists grantees in applying for a residence permit after arrival;
  • Orientation and mid-year meetings;
  • Administrative and academic support through the Fulbright Commission.

How to apply?

The application deadline for the 2016-17 Fulbright Beginning Professional Journalist Program is 13 October 2015.

Applications must be submitted through the application system.

Information on the application procedure can be found HERE.

For more information please visit the official website. 

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