Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program gives 20 promising journalists from Germany and the USA to gain professional and personal experience in the other partner's country
The program is named for Arthur F. Burns, former US-Ambassador to Germany and Federal Reserve Board Chairman. 2014, in it's 27th year, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program gives 20 promising journalists from Germany and the USA to gain professional and personal experience in the other partner's country. In 2013 it expanded to include Canadian journalists. The delegates work for two months in a host media organization of their choice, learning about news operations in a foreign setting and, in effect, serving as foreign correspondents for their home newsrooms. The fellowship allows for an intense impression of the politics, business world, culture and social fibre of the host countries while being fully integrated into the day-to-day business of the host newsroom.
The program was initially founded in 1988 to further the understanding of German journalists of U.S. affairs and to strengthen the transatlantic relationship. Since 1990, the program has been a true exchange program between the two countries. Its aim is to support highly talented journalists.
The German participants of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship receive a budget of 4,000 Euro, the American fellows 5,500 US$. This covers their transatlantic flight and a portion of the fellows' travel and basic living expenses. There will be no payment for the work in the host organization.
German participants are requested to send to IJP a Curriculum Vitae in English or German, a passport picture, a short summary of their professional objectives in the host country and a letter of recommendation from their supervising editor. The letter of recommendation should support the application as proof of journalistic work and at the same time guarantee that the applicant can be released from his/her commitments for the duration of the program.
U.S. applicants please contact the International Center for Journalists at the above address.
For the first time in 2004, the American Burns Dinner (with the American Alumni and invited guests) took place in New York. Dr. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, was guest of honor and speaker. He was followed in 2005, by Dr. Madeleine Albright, also former US Secretary of State, again hosted by the chairman of Goldman Sachs and the German Ambassador in the US. In the following years the dinner speaches were delivered 2006 by Joschka Fischer, Germany's former Foreign Secretary of State, 2007 Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of EU gave a speech, 2008 the German UN-Ambassador Thomas Matussek and 2009 Robert Zoellick, Chairman of the World Bank. The following guest speakers were the Polish Foreign Minister Sirotski (2010), the German Foreign Ministers F.-W. Steinmeier and G. Westerwelle and in June 2014 the German Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. The Ukrainian Foreign Secretary, Pavlo Klimkin, gave the dinner speech in June 2015. The Canadian Minister of National Defense, Harjit Singh Sajjan flew in on the occasion of the dinner in June 2016.
A West Coast dinner was establisehd in San Francisco in 2011.
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling
IJP e. V.
D - 61455 Königstein/Taunus
Phone: +49 (0)61 74 / 77 07
Fax: : +49 (0)6174 / 41 23
Emily Schult,'Senior Program Director
International Center for Journalists
2000 M St. NW, Suite 250
US - Washington DC 20036
Phone: +1 (0)202 / 737 37 00
Fax: +1 (0)202 / 737 05 30
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