The George Weidenfeld Bursary, offered by the International Journalists Programme (IJP), invites applications from British and German journalists who wish to gain work experience in another country. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work in newsrooms of their choice while conducting research for their home organizations.
Through active participation in daily journalism activities, participants will gain a valuable understanding of the unique media landscapes in Germany and the UK. Moreover, they will have the chance to deepen their knowledge of politics, economy, culture, and the social dynamics of the host country.
About International Journal Programme
The International Journal Programme (IJP) is an autonomous organization that was founded in 1981 with the purpose of facilitating the global networking and collaboration of journalists. IJP operates independently and functions as a non-profit organization under German legal regulations.
For numerous years, IJP has been providing various prizes and accolades to recognize exceptional articles, features, and essays. The financial support for IJP’s projects solely relies on contributions from corporations, foundations, as well as the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic. Numerous well-established companies have been steadfastly backing the vision of IJP for an extended period.
Selected delegates will be provided with a lump sum of 3,800 euros to help cover their travel, accommodation, and living expenses during their participation in the program. It is expected that this amount will be sufficient for most of their financial needs; however, any additional costs will need to be covered by the delegates themselves. It is important to note that no payment is anticipated for the work conducted by the delegates during their time with the host media organizations.
Eligibility Criteria Of International Journalists’ Programme (IJP)
To be eligible for this opportunity, certain criteria must be met.
- Journalists who are between the ages of 18 and 40 and regularly contribute to either German or British media, either as staff or freelance journalists, are eligible to apply for this opportunity.
- While there is no formal language requirement for the host language, it is highly recommended that German applicants demonstrate fluency in English in their application.
- British applicants are not required to have any prior knowledge of German. However, it is advisable that they prepare themselves to work in an environment primarily using the German language once they receive the bursary.
- The conferences organized by IJP are predominantly conducted in English.
- It is important to note that participants are expected to engage in thorough individual preparation before their departure and should possess relevant interests and expertise in their respective fields.
How to Apply For International Journalists’ Programme (IJP)
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents (in either English or German) via the email address provided on the official website. When on the official website, kindly locate “Application” It will automatically display the email you need for your submission.
- Curriculum vitae (CV) with a photograph.
- Letter of recommendation from an editor, endorsing the application.
- Four written samples of work (TV and radio journalists are required to provide a detailed list of contributions).
- Selection of preferred host media outlets.
October 15, 2023.