The Journalist‐in‐Residence Programme 2017, Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 10, 2017

Deadline: Apr 17, 2017

WANTED: International science communicators from Brazil, Singapore and the USA

Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin (HU) and partners are looking for you! Are you a highly talented science journalist at the beginning of your career who wants to be part of Berlin’s science and research scene for a period of two months? The Journalist‐in‐Residence Programme offers you ideal conditions to expand your professional network and to establish contacts with Berlin’s top‐level research institutions, scientists and science communicators in the area. 

We are looking for you, if you have:

  • Residency in one of the following countries: USA, Singapore, Brazil
  • An outstanding resume and excellent work contacts in your home country
  • The time and commitment to work and live in Berlin for a period of two months (October and November 2017)
  • High motivation and openness to discover the Berlin science community
  • Work Experience: At least 2 years of experience in journalism / public relations specialised in science communication
  • Excellent English language skills (highly proficient in spoken and written English)
  • Readiness to build up a new network
  • The wish to participate in and contribute to local events
  • Ideas and time to produce cross‐media coverage of your stay in Berlin/develop new cross media formats with HU and partners
  • Ideas and time to develop, plan and organise a follow‐up event in your home country


  • Prize money of €2,500/person/month
  • Travel expenses to and from your home country
  • Remuneration for concept, planning and organisation of follow‐up events €1,500/person
  • Budget for follow‐up events in your home country
  • Work space at Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin 

About the application process:

  • 17.02.2017 – 17.04.2017: Application period
  • 17.04.2017, 8:00 PM (CEST): Deadline
  • May 2017: Selection process and notifications
  • May and June 2017: Coordination of individual programme focusing on thematic specialisation of each journalist 

Timeline of the Residence Programme:

  • Arrival in Berlin: 1 October 2017
  • Departure: 1 December 2017
  • Follow‐up events in home countries: December 2017 to February 2018

Application documents:

  • Personal application video (self‐presentation, professional motivation to participate in the programme, short introduction to initial ideas of a concept for cross‐media coverage and a possible follow‐up event, max. 2 minutes)
  • Application form
  • Short cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • CV
  • 5 relevant work references (e.g. content published in social and podcast channels, printed articles in wellknown newspapers in the home countries, etc.)
  • Proof of language skills (English)
  • Letter of endorsement 

Submit to:

Nina Mikolaschek
Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin
International Strategy Office
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

Email: nina.mikolaschek@hu‐ 

Please note: Incomplete applications and applications which do not comply with the formal requirements and stated criteria will be automatically rejected.

About the Programme:
The programme is part of the DFG International Research Marketing Ideas Competition and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the initiative “Promote Innovation and Research in Germany”

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