IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme 2024 – APPLY NOW

The Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme is a long-term initiative aimed at promoting mutual understanding and fostering relationships between Africa and Germany. It was established in response to the growing political and cultural disconnect between the two regions.

IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme 2024
IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme 2024

The purpose of the bursary is to provide young journalists with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of the host country.

This bursary is named after the esteemed former Federal President Horst Köhler, in recognition of his exceptional commitment to enhancing German-African relations.


  • The Southern African delegates will receive a fixed payment of 3,000 euros, which is intended to cover most of their travel, accommodation, and living expenses. No additional payments will be provided, and delegates are expected to use their funds for any further costs. Payment for their work with the host media is not included. To receive the full grant, participants are required to write a report of at least three pages and provide copies of their published journalistic work upon returning home.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be journalists aged between 25 and 40, working for a media organization regularly, and from Southern Africa (including SADC Member States and Kenya).

Application procedure

  • Please attach a CV containing a passport photograph.
  • Compose an essay of 800 words, covering the following subjects:
  • Your motivation to work in Germany.
  • Your expectations from the Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme (IJP) and the contributions you can make to it.
  • Three research topics you would like to pursue during the fellowship.
  • The role you envision playing at your home media in the future.
  • How do you plan to use the bursary provided?
  • Provide a one-page resume highlighting your education and work experience, including your proficiency in German and English (copies of certificates such as Goethe Institut/Toefel may be included). Additionally, include two copies of articles written by you. TV and radio journalists should transcribe their reports since audio or video tapes cannot be considered.
  • A professional recommendation from your editor or department head is mandatory.
  • Freelancers should submit a reference from a senior journalist. This reference should also guarantee your leave of absence for the duration of the program.
  • Application documents should be sent via the provided email address on the official website, between November 27th and March 1st.

Visit the official website of IJP   for additional details.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024.



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