The German-Israeli Journalists' FellowshipThe Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowships

Programme Description

In 2023 IJP are offering for the twentieth time a travel and work fellowship for young journalists from Israel to spend a two-month period in Germany.

We are doing this in cooperation with governmental institutions, foundations and sponsors in Germany and Israel. At the same time, the fellowship is being offered to journalists in Germany, who can apply to spend a two-month period in Israel.

The fellowship is part of the Middle East Fellowship of IJP. The fellowships for journalists from Germany and Israel are named in honour of the journalist Ernst Cramer and the former mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek and their exemplary dedication to the intensification of German-Israeli relations.

The fellowship is intended to enable young journalists to familiarise with the political issues in Germany at an early stage of their career. This will raise awareness of aspects of German-Israeli relations 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.

The fellowship begins October 25, 2023 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 organiser in consultation with the fellows. There will be the possibility to extend the stay on an individual basis.

Mode of Payment

The fellowshipcarries a single 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.


Applications may be submitted by any Israeli citizen aged 21 or over who is working as a regular employee, trainee or journalist for Israeli or Arab media. The maximum age is 37 years. Two candidates from Germany will be selected and two from Israel.

Applications, for which there is no special form, are to be submitted by June 15, 2023. The application must be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae with a passport photo, and a journalistic appraisal written by the head of department or editor-in-chief. The letter 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.

After preliminary selection, the finalists might be invited for a selection interview. Legal action in respect of the final decision shall be barred. Notification will be sent to the successful candidates by mid August.

All fellows undertake to write, upon their return, a report of at least three pages on their experience, activities and impressions in the country.

Address for applications:

Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowships " IJP e.V.
Postfach 1565
D- 61455 Koenigstein/Ts.

or via email:


Through its foreign programmes, IJP support journalists in two ways: It provides access to new career horizons for participants. Secondly, it promotes Germany abroad and contributes to more differentiated reporting of foreign affairs in the German media. At the same time, IJP foster professional and personal contacts amongst journalists. This is the aim of IJP's alumni network. Close to 3,000 journalists have taken part in IJP programmes since 1988.

The world-wide IJP alumni network is unique. Many former delegates of IJP programmes now work as foreign editors or hold other leading positions in the international media industry. Exchange of ideas between them and participants of more recent IJP programmes is an important aim of IJP alumni activities. Regular IJP alumni events and newsletters keep all former participants up to date on the programmes and on colleagues with whom they have in many cases developed very good personal contacts and become friends. Meetings such as regular (annual) alumni dinners as well as informal events such as picnics, brunches and boat trips are all part of IJP alumni reunion activities.

Program Partners

IJP thanks the sponsors of the Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowship:

and Leonard Fischer.