• July 8 - August 30, 2024
  • Partial Scholarship

Call for the IJP The Southern African Bursary 2024 is open now!!!

In cooperation with the Federal Government, the former Federal President Mr. Horst Köhler has established the Partnership with Africa initiative. A group of reform-minded African Heads of State and Government have accepted his invitation to discuss the relationship between the countries of Africa and the industrialized nations with some 25 representatives of civil society and the political and business communities of Africa and Germany at two conferences in Bonn and Accra.

International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe + Kenia)

Journalists between the ages of 25 and 40 from Southern Africa (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya) and Germany 

Journalists who regularly work for a media organization 

It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. 

German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory.

For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.

It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory.

The Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme is a multiyear effort to shape an integrated understanding of other countries and regions and to foster relations between Africa and Germany. It has been offered as a response to concerns about an increasing political and cultural detachment between Africa and Europe. The bursary is intended to enable young journalists to gain valuable insights into the political, economic, cultural as well and social fabric of the host country.

The bursary is named in honor of the former Federal President Horst Köhler and his exemplary dedication to the intensification of German-African relations.

For all selected IJP fellows the programme starts with an introductory conference. This will allow the participants from Southern Africa to familiarise themselves with the host country. After that, they will work for several weeks with media houses before going out to undertake individual research within Germany. Applicants are asked to submit their preferences for the newspaper, radio or TV station, or news agency they would like to work with. The possible location will be chosen by the IJP organizers in dialogue with each delegate. It is expected that former and new participants assist one another with accommodation and contacts.

Location:

Germany

Benefits

  • Bursary: 3,000 Euro
  • International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe + Kenia) and up to five young German journalists. 
  • For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany.
  • They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.

Eligibilities

  • Journalists between the ages of 25 and 40 from Southern Africa (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya) and Germany 
  • Journalists who regularly work for a media organization 
  • It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. 
  • German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory.
Eligible Regions: SADC-Member States (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Simbabwe and Kenya) and Germany 

Application Process

  • Enclosed is a CV with a passport photograph.
  • Write an 800-word essay addressing the following topics:
    • Why the applicant would like to work in Germany
    • What do the applicants expect from IJP and what do they think they can contribute to it?
    • What are the 3 research topics the applicant wants to pursue during the fellowship?
    • What role does the applicant expect to play at their home media in the future?
    • How the applicant will spend the bursary?
  • Include a one-page resume detailing the applicant’s education and work experience, their standard of German and English (copies of certificates/ e.g. Goethe Institut/Toefel), plus 2 copies of articles written by the applicant (TV and radio journalists must type up their reports since no audio or video tapes can be considered)
  • A journalistic reference from the applicant’s editor or head of department is required (freelancers should submit a reference from a senior journalist). It should also guarantee the applicant’s leave of absence for the duration of the program.
  • Applicants are asked to send the application documents (E-Mail) not before November 27th and until March 1st to the following address: [email protected]

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024 (23 Hours Remaining)

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