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 Young Professional Journalists.
Young 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.
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 Young 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 Supplemental Materials Upload Portal.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.
The application deadline for the 2017-18 Fulbright Young Professional Journalist Program wil be mid-October 2016. 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.