Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships for Junior Journalists from Developing Countries (Fully Funded Training in Germany)

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Journalism
Course Level: Training
Provider: Heinz-Kühn-Foundation
Country to Study in: Germany, Africa, Asia, Latin America

Scholarship Description
The aim of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation is to support the training and professional development of junior journalists.

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation scholarships are intended to enable junior journalists to further their professional development and continue training in new surroundings, and to gain a first-hand and in-depth knowledge of the customs, opinions and way of life in other countries.

The foundation awards scholarships to young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia for six-week or three-month reporting trips in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The foundation also provides funds to enable candidates from developing countries to gain professional journalism experience in North-Rhine-Westphalia for up to three months.

Young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia and from Developing countries are eligible for a scholarship if they satisfy the following requirements:
  • have a keen interest in development issues;
  • have already gained substantial professional experience in journalism (a completed college education is desirable);
  • are not older than 35 years of age; and,
  • have a good command of the official language of their host country (candidates from abroad must at least have a basic knowledge of the German language).
Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing countries and Germany (from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia)

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
In the lead up to the scholarship and throughout the duration of the scholarship, the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation will provide support.

Scholarship benefits
Scholarship holders get:
  • a lump-sum contribution towards living expenses in the host country (with scholarship payments covering training and living expenses in the host country);
  • a lump-sum allowance for flight and travelling expenses (the foundation pays a return air ticket for candidates from abroad);
  • an allowance to cover costs of research materials (e.g. literature);
  • an allowance for trips within the host country; and,
  • (if neccessary, for scholarship holders from abroad) a German language course of up to four months at the Düsseldorf or Bonn based Goethe-Institut.
Method of Application
Journalists who meet the requirements for a scholarship should first contact the foundation to discuss possible host countries and their topics of interest.

The foundation’s postal address is:

Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Fürstenwall 25
40219 Düsseldorf

The following documents should be enclosed with the application:
  • curriculum vitae in tabular form and a photograph;
  • certificates of vocational training and present occupation;
  • foreign languages certificates;
  • German candidates should provide a detailed statement explaining their reasons for applying, their choice of host country and proposed topic of research.
  • Candidates from abroad should provide a letter of motivation in German.
Applications for the following year must be received by 30 November

Decisions are taken by the board of trustees of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation on the recommendation of the selection committee.

The Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung is a public foundation of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia which is exclusively and directly following non-profit purposes. Founded in 1982, its aim is to support young journalists from North Rhine-Westphalia - as well as from abroad while in the federal state - in their formation and further training.

Application Deadline: 30 November 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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