Every year, IJP George Weidenfeld Bursary gives British and German journalists the opportunity to gain work experience in the other country. Delegates work in British or German newsrooms of their choice while also researching stories for their home organisations. By fully taking part in the day-to-day journalism, the participants will get a valuable insight into the way the media work differently in Germany and in the UK as well as they will learn more about politics, economy, culture and the social fabric of the host country. The bursary was endowed in 1995. Five years later, it was named after the London-based publisher Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea.
Journalists between the age of 18 and 40 years who regularly contribute as staff or freelance journalists to the German or British media can apply. There is no formal language requirement concerning the host language. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended for German applicants to present evidence of fluency in English in their application. British applicants do not have to have any prior knowledge of German, though we recommend that they start to prepare themselves to work in a mostly German language workplace once the bursary is granted. The conferences are primarily conducted in English. IJP put great emphasis on intensive individual preparation by participants prior to departure and looks for applicants with relevant interests and expertise.
All applicants are asked to send the following documents (in English or German language) to the address given in the right margin of this page:
- 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
If applicants are in contact with media organizations and if they have worked for any media organization in the host country this should be indicated.
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.