The German-Central Eastern European Bursary

Programme Description

The German non-profit organization IJP (International Journalists' Programmes) would like to announce its seventh special fellowship for journalists interested in reporting in the field of climate and energy. The scholarships are funded by EUKI (European Climate Initiative)

The bursary offers this opportunity for up to ten journalists from Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia with a passion for climate and energy topics.

Journalists, who are granted the climate & energy bursary, will receive a deeper and more detailed insight into the fields as well as their host region and get the opportunity to work and specialize topically and internationally alike. They are also welcome to pursue a transnational research on a common topic during their fellowship.

The scholarship programme starts with a thematic introductory conference (presumably in October 2024). Subsequently, the participating journalists will begin their stay at their respective journalistic host organizations. Journalists from Germany will stay at a host media in one of the other countries for the time of the scholarship while the journalists from those countries will spend their time in a media in Germany. These media are selected by the IJP in consultation with the fellows. While being embedded partly in the workflow of the host media, the scholars will work on their own journalistic projects and mainly report for media in their home country. During the six to eight weeks of the stay, the journalists will get to know the host country better, establish contacts to local journalists and deepen his or her knowledge about climate and energy issues. 

The programme concludes with a final meeting (presumably in December 2024). The participants are asked to deliver a three-page report of their experiences. It should also include all contributions produced during their stay. After the exchange, we encourage the participants to stay in touch with each other through the IJP alumni network through which they will have the chance to meet many of IJP's former scholars in Germany and more than 40 other countries. 

Mode of Payment

Each fellow will receive a stipend of 3.800 Euro to help cover travel costs, accommodation and personal expenses during his or her stay. The participant must cover any additional costs. 


The application is open to any journalist from the above mentioned countries, working for any print, radio, online or TV media (employed or freelancer). Fluency in German or one of the other countries' official languages is not expected, though helpful for successful application. At least workable knowledge of English is essential. 

Applications should include:

• CV, incl. photograph
• letter of recommendation by an editor or supervisor, supporting the application
• four written samples of work (TV and radio journalists are asked to send a comprehensive list of contributions).
• scholars from Germany should select three media and countries they would like to stay and journalists from the other countries should come up with at least three possible host media in Germany they would be interested being located at.


Address of application

Please send your digital application (in ONE PDF document) to Clemens Bomsdorf ( and Nicole Reuter ( 

If you have any queries regarding the programme or your application, please contact Clemens Bomsdorf ( and/or Nicole Reuter ( 




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 and an online talk series on climate and energy related issues for alumni of the Central Eastern European programme. 

» IJP Alumni network

Program Partners

The German-Central Eastern European Bursary is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) and organized in cooperation with Clean Energy Wire (CLEW).