German-South Eastern European Bursary

Programme Description

The German non-profit organization IJP (International Journalists' Programmes) would like to announce a fellowship for journalists interested in reporting in the field of climate and energy. 

The bursary offers this opportunity for up to ten journalists from Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia 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 field 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. 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 consideration of the interests, qualifications and wishes of 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 their knowledge about climate and energy issues. 

The programme concludes with a final meeting. 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, blogger and Documentary filmmaker from the above mentioned countries. Journalist should be 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. At least workable knowledge of English is essential. 

Applications should include:

• CV
• letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation by an editor or supervisor, supporting the application
• two samples of work
• scholars from Germany should select two media and countries they would like to stay and journalists from the other countries should come up with at least two prefered host media in Germany they would be interested being placed at.

Please send your digital application in one pdf document to

If you have any queries regarding the programme or your application, please contact Susanne Koch (




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