The German-Northern European Journalists' Bursary 2017

Publish Date: Oct 31, 2016

Deadline: Nov 15, 2016

Eightteenth bursary in 2017 for journalists from Germany and the five Nordic countries

The German non-profit organization IJP – International Journalists’ Programmes – hereby announces its eightteenth bursary in 2017 for journalists from Germany and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. A new addition is the exchange with the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Five journalists from the Nordic countries and six from the Baltic states will have the opportunity to work for German media outlets for two months in 2017. At the same time, five German journalists visit host media in Northern Europe.

IJP is a non-profit organisation offering exchange programmes for early and mid-career journalists between Germany and more than 40 countries. These programmes enable participants to experience their host countries from a correspondent's perspective. So far, similar programmes have been set up for journalists from Germany and the U.S.A., the U.K., the Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Russia, Southern Africa and the Middle East.

Journalists from all six countries, who join the German-Northern European Scholarship, gain personal experience and professional insight of the political landscape, the economy, and of the everyday life in the host country. Participants from the Northern countries meet opinion- and decision-makers in Germany, the largest country in the European Union. The programme is funded by the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office of the German Federal Government), by the foreign ministries of the Nordic countries and by a small circle of private sponsors.

The scholarship programme starts on March 23rd with a four-day introduction conference in one of the Nordic capitals or Berlin. Immediately afterwards, the participating journalists will take up their internships at the host media. If necessary, changes to the schedule can be discussed, due to individual needs. The host media will be selected by the IJP according to the interests and qualifications of the bursary recipients.

During a final meeting (May 18th until May 21st, 2017) participants are requested to deliver a three-page account of their experience and a clipping of newspaper articles and/or radio, television or online contributions. Those reports and contributions will be part of the final documentation. Furthermore, the participants are invited to stay in touch through the IJP alumni network.

Mode Of Payment

Each scholar will receive a single payment of 3,800 Euro to cover a part of travel expenses, accommodation and personal expenses during their stay in Germany. Additional costs should be paid by each scholar. Payment for the work in Germany is up to the individual media and cannot be expected.


The application is open to any journalist from the Nordic or the Baltic countries aged between 18 and 40, working for any print, radio or TV media (employed or freelancer). The applicant should have some knowledge of the German language, although fluent German is not expected. At least workable knowledge of English is essential.

The application must be handed in before November 15th, 2016 and should include:

  • 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 and of host regions (i.e. Munich) in Germany.

The selection committee will inform applicants by January 15th, 2017.

Address Of Application

IJP e.V.
German-Northern European Programme
Postfach 31 07 46
10637 Berlin


IJP actively foster the contacts of former delegates through regular newsletters and events. IJP organise regular events like its annual dinner as well as a series of media discussions which are welcome re-union events for alumni of all IJP bursaries.

You may access the IJP Alumni network via original web page.

Partner Media

A selection of partner media in Northern Europe: Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Information (Denmark), Morgunbladid (Iceland), NRK (Norway), RUV, Radio Sweden International (Sweden), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), TV 2 (Denmark).

A selection of partner media in Germany: Bayrischer Rundfunk, Die Welt, FAZ, Frankfurter Rundschau, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg rbb, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, ZDF.

Important Dates

Application deadline - until November 15th, 2016

Bursary 2017 - Two months, between March and May

Selection of the journalists - Concluded by January 15th, 2017

Orientation meeting - March 23rd to April 26th, 2017

Final Meeting - May 18th to 21st May, 2017

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