The German-Northern European Journalists' Bursary

Programme Description

The German non-profit organization IJP – International Journalists’ Programmes – hereby announces its twenty-second bursary in 2021 for journalists from Germany and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In 2015 the exchange with the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania was was also included.

Up to eleven German and eleven Nordic / Baltic journalists in total will have the opportunity to work for a media outlet in the respective other country from April to May 2021. 

IJP is a non-profit organisation offering exchange programmes for early and mid-career journalists between Germany and more than 50 countries. These programmes enable participants to experience their host countries from a correspondent's perspective. So far, similar programmes have been set up for journalists from Germany and the U.S.A., the U.K., the Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Russia, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Poland and Central-Eastern Europe.

Journalists from all six countries, who join the German-Northern European Scholarship, gain personal experience and professional insight of the political landscape, the economy, and of the everyday life in the host country. Participants from the Northern countries meet opinion- and decision-makers in Germany, the largest country in the European Union. The programme is funded by the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office of the German Federal Government), by the foreign ministries of the Nordic countries and by a small circle of private sponsors.

The scholarship programme starts in March 2021 with a four-day introduction conference (25th to the 28th of March 2021) in one of the Nordic capitals or Berlin. Immediately afterwards, the participating journalists will take up their internships at the host media. If necessary, changes to the schedule can be discussed, due to individual needs. The host media will be selected by the IJP according to the interests and qualifications of the bursary recipients.

During a final meeting (May 2oth to 22nd, 2021) participants are requested to deliver a three-page account of their experience and a clipping of newspaper articles and/or radio, television or online contributions. Those reports and contributions will be part of the final documentation. Furthermore, the participants are invited to stay in touch through the IJP alumni network.

Mode of Payment

Each scholar will receive a single payment of 3,800 Euro to cover a part of travel expenses, accommodation and personal expenses during their stay in Germany. Additional costs should be paid by each scholar. Payment for the work in Germany is up to the individual media and cannot be expected.


The application is open to any journalist from the Nordic or the Baltic countries aged between 18 and 45, working for any print, radio or TV media (employed or freelancer). The applicant should have some knowledge of the German language, although fluent German is not expected. At least workable knowledge of English is essential.

The application deadline is ongoing. 

Applications should include:

• CV, incl. photograph
• letter of recommendation by an editor, supporting the application
• four written samples of work (TV and radio journalists are asked to send a comprehensive list of contributions)
• preferences of host media outlets and of host regions (i.e. Munich) in Germany.

Successful applicants will be informed by the selection committee. 

Address of application
IJP e.V.
German-Northern European Programme 

The digital application is kindly requested in one PDF document.


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 which are welcome re-union events for alumni of all IJP bursaries.

» IJP Alumni network

Partner Media

A selection of partner media in Northern Europe: Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Information (Denmark), Morgunbladid (Iceland), NRK (Norway), RUV, Radio Sweden International (Sweden), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), TV 2 (Denmark).

A selection of partner media in Germany: Bayrischer Rundfunk, Die Welt, FAZ, Frankfurter Rundschau, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg rbb, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, ZDF.


Like all IJP Programmes, the German-Northern European Journalists' Bursary relies on the moral and financial support from the public and the private sector.

IJP thank all sponsors for their support and confidence in the Northern European Programme: