The German-Central Eastern European Bursary

Deadline: 1 June 2023
Open to: Journalists from selected countries
Benefits: €3,800 stipend and networking opportunities


The German non-profit organization IJP (International Journalists’ Programmes) would like to announce its sixth special fellowship for journalists interested in reporting in the field of climate and energy. The scholarships are funded by EUKI (European Climate Initiative).

The bursary offers this opportunity for up to ten journalists from Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania with a passion for climate and energy topics.

Journalists, who are granted the climate & energy bursary, will receive a deeper and more detailed insight into the field and get the opportunity to work and specialize topically and internationally alike. They are also welcome to pursue a transnational research on a common topic during their fellowship.


The application is open to any journalist from Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania, working for any print, radio, online or TV media (employed or freelancer). Fluency in German or one of the other countries’ official languages is not expected, though helpful for successful application. At least workable knowledge of English is essential.


The scholarship programme starts with a thematic introductory conference (presumably mid-October 2023). Subsequently, the participating journalists will begin their stay at their respective journalistic host organizations. During the six to eight weeks of the stay, the journalists will get to know the host country better, establish contacts to local journalists and deepen his or her knowledge about climate and energy issues.

After the exchange, participants are encouraged to stay in touch with each other through the IJP alumni network through which they will have the chance to meet many of IJP’s former scholars in Germany and more than 40 other countries.

Each fellow will receive a stipend of 3.800 Euro to help cover travel costs, accommodation and personal expenses during his or her stay. The participant must cover any additional costs.


Applications should include:

• CV, incl. photograph
• letter of recommendation by an editor or supervisor, supporting the application
• four written samples of work (TV and radio journalists are asked to send a comprehensive list of contributions).
• scholars from Germany should select three media and countries they would like to stay and journalists from the other countries should come up with at least three possible host media in Germany they would be interested being located at.

Digital applications should be sent (in ONE PDF document) to

For any queries regarding the programme or your application, please contact Clemens Bomsdorf ( and/or Claudia Fischer (

For more information, please visit the official website.