The framework of the grant program offers the opportunity for program research and/or practice-oriented experiences for U.S. journalists in Germany. The 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. Fulbright Germany takes candidates' affiliation preferences into consideration.
A formal matriculation with a German university is in any case usually required and arranged with the support of Fulbright Germany.
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 may apply. University graduates also may apply if they have a B.A. or M.A. in journalism or other relevant fields and practical experience in the field. The application must include a meaningful invitation letter by a German university to serve as host insitution.
Applicants must have U.S. citizenship. Applicants with U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.
Equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion, and educational equity are among the fundamental principles of Fulbright Germany. Applications are open to all individuals regardless of gender, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, social status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Fulbright Germany encourages applicants from traditionally underrepresented student groups to apply for all of its scholarships, programs, and other activities.
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.
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 Journalist 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.
The application deadline for the Fulbright Young Professional Journalist Program is October 12, 2021. The IIE Online application system closes at 5:00 P.M. EST and applications have to be fully submitted by then. Further information on the IIE timeline is available here.
Upon notification in January, semi-finalists must submit five journalistic work samples for the review committee of Fulbright Germany. The work samples should have been published less than 12 months prior to the application deadline. Where possible, the samples should show the coherence between the applicant's previous work and the project to be pursued while in Germany.
The work samples:
Please send all work samples attached to a single email.
Deadline for the submission of the work samples is January 15, 2022.
Applications will be reviewed by special selection committees, and grants are awarded according to a competitive selection process, and depending on funds available.