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5 Young Professional Journalist Program

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Fulbright Germany’s journalists program provides talented young U.S. journalists the opportunity to come to Germany for a research and practice-oriented experience and to enable them to gain insights into the political, economic, cultural, and social fabric of the host country. The approximately 10-month stay starts in September and typically begins with the grantees undertaking individual research, followed by one or more internships with German institutions of print or broadcast media.

Germany has a long tradition of mass media and is one of the most dynamic media markets in the world. In order to learn more, please visit:

Grant Period

10 Months

8 - 10 months for Bachelor's and Master's Degree Levels.

Grants begin in mid-September, usually with an orientation meeting in Germany.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be beginning professional journalists or recent graduates in journalism or related fields with no more than 7 years of professional experience.

Candidates pursue research on a self-directed and Germany-related project of their choice at a German university or at other relevant institutions. They should demonstrate clear project objectives and ideas of how to approach their project methodically, including the necessary resources (institutions, libraries, archives) and individuals that will contribute to the success of the project

Applicants chosen as Semi-Finalists will need to submit work samples to Fulbright Germany.

For specific requirements regarding these work samples please see the Special Application Instructions below.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Novice

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Fulbright Germany offers to matriculate applicants at the closest university to facilitate access to university resources, transportation passes, residence permits, health insurance, and other benefits. It is up to the candidates to decide whether or not they wish to enroll in university courses as an additional benefit (class attendance depends on the academic program but is not a requirement of the grant).

Grantees usually spend the first months of their grant studying and conducting independent research, followed by one or more internships or guest journalist positions at German media outlets or publishers. While it is the responsibility of the grantee to secure an internship, Fulbright Germany will offer support with connecting grantees with helpful contacts.


American citizens/passport holders who also have German citizenship cannot be considered.

Applicants already enrolled in a master’s program in Germany, or who have already begun their academic program in Germany, are not eligible for funding.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, please select Young Professional Journalist from the Award Name drop-down menu to be considered for this award.

Upon notification in January, Semi-Finalists must submit five journalistic work samples to Fulbright Germany for the selection committees. Please read carefully the description of required work samples provided below:

 The work samples

  • must be journalistic and published recently (within the last 12 months)
  • must show the coherence between the applicant's previous work and the project to be pursued while in Germany
  • may include a mix of formats as long as the total number of pieces submitted does not exceed five
  • must include the title of the piece, the date of publication, name of media, and the author.
  • A list of the five work samples must be included at the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  • If submitting digital work samples, applicants must provide individual weblinks to each indiviual story. They must make sure that the weblinks are accessible and the work samples can be viewed directly.
  • Printed work samples must be scanned, merged into one pdf-document and sent to Fulbright Germany via email:
  • Work samples on CDs or DVDs will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must not send any additional application documents to Fulbright Germany.
  • Deadline for submission of the work samples is January 31, 2020.

 For questions, please contact Fulbright Germany via email:


Dependent support is available.