Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships 2021/2022 for Developing Countries

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism 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.

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships

The foundation awards Journalism 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.

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The aim of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation is to support the training and professional development of junior journalists.

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships 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.

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 Journalism Scholarships, the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation will provide support.

How to Apply for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships

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:

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Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung
Fürstenwall 25
40219 Düsseldorf

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.

For more information, visit the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships.

Application Deadline: 30th November, 2020

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