In 2013, the German non-profit organisation IJP – International Journalists’ Programmes – announces its fifteenth bursary for journalists from Germany and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Five journalists, one from each Nordic country, will have the opportunity to work for German media outlets for two months (between April and June) in 2014. At the same time, five German journalists visit host media in Northern Europe.
Purpose of the programme
IJP is a non-profit organisation offering exchange programmes for early and mid-career journalists between Germany and more than 40 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, Eastern Asia, Russia, Southern Africa and the Middle East.
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 leaders 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 on March 27th 2014 with a four-day introduction conference in Helsinki. Immediately afterwards, the participating journalists will take up their internships at the host media. The host media will be selected by the IJP according to the interests and qualifications of the bursary recipients.
During a final meeting, which will take place in Oslo in June, participants are requested to deliver a three-page report of their experience and a clipping of newspaper articles and/or radio, television or online contributions. These reports and contributions will be part of the final documentation. Furthermore, the participants are invited to stay in touch through the IJP alumni network.
Each nordic scholar will receive a single payment of 3.700 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 countries aged between 18 and 39, working for any print, radio or TV media. 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 must be handed in before November 30th 2013.
More information is available online (http://www.ijp.org/en/stipendien/nordeuropa/).