Heinz-Kühn-Foundation scholarships are intended to enable junior journalists to further their professional development and continue training in new surroundings, and to gain a first-hand and in-depth knowledge of the customs, opinions and way of life in other countries.
Application Deadline: 30th November, 2017
Eligible Countries: Developing Countries and Germany
To be taken at (country): Various countries
About the Award: The foundation awards scholarships to young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia for six-week or three-month reporting trips in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The foundation also provides funds to enable candidates from developing countries to gain professional journalism experience in North-Rhine-Westphalia for up to three months.
The aim of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation is to support the training and professional development of junior journalists.
Eligibility: Young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia and developing countries are eligible for a scholarship if they satisfy the following requirements:
have a keen interest in development issues;
have already gained substantial professional experience in journalism (a completed college education is desirable);
are not older than 35 years of age; and,
have a good command of the official language of their host country (candidates from abroad must at least have a basic knowledge of the German language).
Selection: Decisions are taken by the board of trustees of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation on the recommendation of the selection committee.
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Scholarship: Scholarship holders get
a lump-sum contribution towards living expenses in the host country (with scholarship payments covering training and living expenses in the host country);
a lump-sum allowance for flight and travelling expenses (the foundation pays a return air ticket for candidates from abroad);
an allowance to cover costs of research materials (e.g. literature);
an allowance for trips within the host country; and,
(if neccessary, for scholarship holders from abroad) a German language course of up to four months at the Düsseldorf or Bonn based Goethe-Institut.
Duration of Scholarship: In the lead up to the scholarship and throughout the duration of the scholarship, the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation will provide support.
How to Apply: Journalists who meet the requirements for a scholarship should first contact the foundation to discuss possible host countries and their topics of interest.
The foundation’s postal address is:
Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
The following documents should be enclosed with the application:
curriculum vitae in tabular form and a photograph;
certificates of vocational training and present occupation;
foreign languages certificates;
German candidates should provide a detailed statement explaining their reasons for applying, their choice of host country and proposed topic of research.
Candidates from abroad should provide a letter of motivation in German.