Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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5 Young Professional Journalist Program

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
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 seven years of professional experience. 

Those applicants chosen as Semi-Finalists will need to submit work samples to the German-American Fulbright Commission. For specific requirements for these work samples please refer to Special Application Instructions below.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Additional Information: Previous exposure to Germany is welcome. Applicants should have at least intermediate to advanced German language ability to ensure German language proficiency commensurate with the nature of the proposed project and the tasks required to achieve the project goal. Otherwise the Fulbright Commission recommends that candidates attend a language course in Germany in August. Subject to funds available, the Fulbright Commission may sponsor participation in the language course.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Candidates pursue research on a self-directed and Germany-related project of their own choice. Research may be conducted at a German university or at other relevant institutions. While the Fulbright Commission may be able to connect them with suitable networks, applicants should already have developed a clear idea of what they wish to achieve and how to approach their project methodically and name the resources (institutions, personal contacts) that may assist and guide them while they are in Germany.

The Fulbright Commission offers to matriculate the candidates at the closest university to facilitate their access to university resources, transportation passes, residence permits, health insurance, etc.  It is up to the candidates to decide whether or not they wish to enroll in  university courses as an additional benefit. Their class attendance will depend on the academic program but is not a requirement of the grant.

Grantees usually spend the first few months studying and conducting independent research. This is followed by one or more internships or guest journalist positions at German newspapers, publishers, or television and radio stations. Grantee preferences with regard to a position as a guest journalist will be accommodated as far as possible.  

Placement Type

Grantees may spend the first few months studying and conducting independent research, followed by one or more internships or guest journalist positions at German newspapers, publishers, or television and radio stations. All Journalism areas, including photo, print, and broadcast journalism, as well as electronic media, will be considered.


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

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

Special Application Instructions

Upon notification in January, Semi-Finalists must submit five journalistic work samples for the review committees by the Fulbright Commission in Germany.  To begin preparation of these materials, please read carefully the description of required work samples provided below:

The work samples

  • must be of journalistic work 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
  • Each work sample must include the title of the piece, the date of appearance, name of media, and the author.
  • A list of the five work samples selected 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 and merged into one single pdf-document. Applicants send this pdf-document to the Fulbright Commission via email at: americanprograms@fulbright.de
  • Work samples on CDs or DVDs will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must not send any additional application documents to the Commission.
  • Deadline for submission of the work samples is January 15, 2018.

Questions can be directed to the Fulbright Commission at: americanprograms@fulbright.de


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.