Beginning Professional Journalist Program


Beginning professional U.S. journalists in all fields of print, online and broadcast media with a few years of professional experience in journalism and a high level of academic achievement can apply. University graduates can also apply if they have a B.A. or M.A. in journalism or other relevant fields and practical experience in the field. Good to very good proficiency in German is recommended.

Applicants must have U.S. citizenship. Applicants with U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.


The program was created in 1996 to allow U.S. journalists to come to Germany for a research and practice-oriented experience. The approximately 10-month stay begins in September and typically consists of an initial research phase, during which the grantee becomes familiar with his/her project in a German setting, followed by one or more internships with German institutions of print or broadcast media. The Commission takes candidates' affiliation preferences into consideration. Applicants should be beginning professional journalists or recent graduates in journalism or related fields with no more than seven years of professional experience.


There are up to five grants available for Beginning Professional Journalists.


  • Grant period: mid-September 2016 until mid-July 2017
  • Monthly stipend of currently Euro 1.300
  • International travel up to USD 1.400
  • Incidental allowance of Euro 100/per month
  • Health insurance through German Fulbright Commission plan
  • The Fulbright Commission offers intensive language courses (approximately six weeks in duration) in Germany to those grantees whose German language ability is not sufficient at the beginning of the grant to pursue their projects.
  • Current German immigration regulations require a valid passport for American grantees traveling to Germany. The Fulbright Commission assists grantees in applying for a residence permit after arrival.
  • Orientation and mid-year meetings
  • Administrative and academic support through the Fulbright Commission


Applications for this grant are administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. Further information on the program and application procedure are available at the website of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Applications must be submitted through the IIE's application system (Embark).

Information on the application procedure can be found here. Important note: The IIE application system does not offer a special application track or forms for the Beginning Pofessional Journalists Program. Applicants should use the "Fulbright Study/Research grant" and "Fulbright Academic, Arts and English Teaching Assistant Program Grants" procedures to apply for the Journalist Program - and select "journalism" in the field of study. 

In addition to the IIE Embark online application procedure, applicants must submit up to five recent work samples in IIE’S DecisionDesk.To do so, applicants have to create an account as required on this separate IIE platform. The work samples should have been published within the last 12 months.  Where possible, the samples should show the coherence between the applicant's previous work and the project to be pursued while in Germany.

  • Work samples may include a mix of formats as long as the total number of pieces submitted does not exceed five.
  • Each submission should be uploaded individually, except Digital Media links. 
  • Work samples can be uploaded in their original format (print, photo, video, audio).   Name the upload with the title of the piece.
  • Enter all links in a single Word document with the title of the piece next to the link.  Name the document Digital Media Submission and save/upload.
  • Audio/video recordings should be edited to only include that material which the applicant wishes to be reviewed and should not exceed five minutes.
  • In the DecisionDesk section Portfolio Description, enter the format for each piece submitted and the title of the piece, name of publication/outlet, and date of publication/broadcast.

The application deadline for the 2016-17 Fulbright Beginning Professional Journalist Program is October 13, 2015. All applications must be complete and submitted no later than 5:00 P.M. EST, when the IIE Online application system shuts down. Further information on the IIE timeline are available here.

Applications will be reviewed by special selection committees, and grants are awarded according to a competitive selection process, and depending on funds available.


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