Deadline: 16 June 2017.
Internationale Journalisten-Programme (IJP) in cooperation with governmental institutions, foundations and sponsors in Germany and the Middle East is currently accepting applications from young journalists for its Middle East Fellowship, to spend a two-month period in Germany.
In 2017 IJP are offering for the fourteenth time a travel and work fellowship for up to five young journalists from the Middle East, especially from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine. The fellowship is intended to enable young journalists to familiarise themselves with the political issues in Germany at an early stage of their career. This will raise awareness of aspects of relations between Germany and the Middle Eastern region in future multipliers and will give them a personal insight into mentality, culture and everyday life in Germany and the European Union.
The practical part of the fellowship ensures contact with colleagues in the region, and it is hoped this contact will be maintained in future years. This is also the intention of future alumni reunions in Berlin.
Award and Duration
The fellowship carries a payment of 4,000 euro per person. This sum is intended to cover a large proportion of the travel costs, board and lodging. Fellows are expected to contribute a certain amount themselves. There will be no payment for the individual’s work on location as a journalist.
The fellowship begins on November 2nd , 2017 with an introductory event in Berlin together with the German fellows. This is followed by a fellowship lasting at least two months with a German media outlet.
The branch of the media (newspaper, radio, TV, magazine) will be selected by the fellows, and the actual place of work will then be decided by the organizer in consultation with the fellows.
There will be the possibility to extend the stay on an individual basis. There is also the possibility of a two-week intensive German language training in Berlin at the beginning of the stay, with costs covered by this program.
Applications may be submitted by any citizen of the countries mentioned above aged 21 or over who is working as a regular employee, trainee or journalist, for media. The maximum age is 37 years.
How to Apply
Applications, for which there is no special form, are to be submitted by June 16, 2017. The application must be accompanied by a passport photo, a detailed curriculum vitae, and a journalistic appraisal written by the head of department or editor-in-chief. The latter should support the application, guarantee temporary leave of absence for the duration of the fellowship, and serve as evidence of journalistic activity. Samples of work may be enclosed. A very good knowledge of English is expected. While a knowledge of German will naturally be welcomed, this is not an essential requirement for an application. Visa arrangements will be made with the help of the organizers. All fellows undertake to write, upon their return, a report of at least three pages on their experience, activities and impressions in the country.
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