German-Polish Bursary

For 2024, the International Journalists Program (IJP) invites applications for a bursary for journalists who want to devote six to eight weeks specifically to reporting on climate and energy issues. 
A total of up to ten journalists from Germany and Poland will have the opportunity to participate in the bursary program.

The Grant

The scholarship programme starts with a thematic introductory conference (mid June
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
Poland for the time of the scholarship while the journalists from Poland will spend their
time in a media network in Germany. These media are selected by 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 (mid September 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.

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

Application

The application is open to any journalist, blogger or documentary filmmaker from the
above-mentioned countries, working for any print, radio, online or TV media (employed
or freelancer). Fluency in German or Polish is NOT expected. At least workable
knowledge of English is essential.
Applications should include:

•    CV (in English)
•    Letter of motivation
•    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 Poland should come up with at least two possible host media in
Germany they would be interested being located at

Please send your digital application in ONE pdf document to: koch@ijp.org