May 29 - June 5, 2021
May 29 - June 5, 2021
The 2020 Berlin Capital Program has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. An abbreviated "virtual program" took place as a way to initiate preparation for the in-person program in 2021. See more here about this first-ever virtual program at Fulbright Germany.
Operated by the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Berlin Capital Program invites up to 15 young U.S. journalists and students of journalism to Germany. The weeklong seminar allows them to take a closer look at the German media landscape and gain a deeper awareness of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany and Europe. Its goals are to promote a better understanding of transatlantic issues, expand the journalists´ professional perspectives and networks, and help them better “translate” the news on this side of the Atlantic. The program is conducted in English and is fully funded through the Fulbright Commission.
As 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of German reunification, this year´s Berlin Capital Program explores the role of the media in nurturing democracy. The points for discussion with media professionals include:
The program will explore the Germans´ state of mind 30 years after reunification and investigate the many ways in which the city of Berlin has changed in its role as Germany´s capital.
Participants will also learn about and discuss continuing changes within the European Union and their impact on Germany.
For the first time this year, the Berlin Capital Program will feature a three-workday (five overnights) extension for a limited number of participants. It allows additional time to follow up on meetings from the program week, conduct independent research, and further take advantage of the Fulbright experience. Participation in the extension is determined through the application process, with an additional section on the application to complete.
Participants will depart from the U.S. on Friday, May 28 in order to arrive in Berlin on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
A short film, two interviews and a blog posting by alumni will give you impressions of the 2018 program.
The award benefits cover program costs, including round-trip transportation between the U.S. and Germany, hotel accommodation (single room, incl. breakfast), several meals, local transportation and health insurance coverage during the seminar.
To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be a U.S.-based young professional journalist, currently employed by U.S. media in the U.S., with fewer than 5 years of work experience in the field,
or a Master’s student in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university,
or a graduating senior in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university.
Participants in an alternative professional advancement program in Germany in 2020 are not eligible for this program.
In the event that a grantee/participant has applied to various Fulbright Germany programs for the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 academic year, participation can only be granted in one program. Grantees/participants are obliged to inform Fulbright Germany of further grant or program applications.
The application deadline for the 2020 Berlin Capital Program (postponed to 2021) has expired. Information about the next Berlin Capital Program will be available on this website in autumn 2021.
Photo above: 2018 Berlin Capital Program participants in the taz newsroom with Kai Schöneberg, head of the economy and environment department (photo by Jamie Moore)