5 Young Professional Journalist Program
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length8-10 Months
Specialized Grant Types
Fulbright Germany’s journalists program provides talented early career U.S. journalists the opportunity to come to Germany for a research and practice-oriented experience and to gain insights into the political, economic, cultural, and social fabric of the host country. The 10-month stay starts in September and typically begins with the grantees undertaking individual research, followed by one or more internships with German media institutions. The website https://medialandscapes.org/country/germany offers further information on Germany’s dynamic media market.
Fulbright Germany strives to embed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in all aspects of its work. Applications are open to all individuals regardless of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. Fulbright Germany seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented communities in its programs, activities and partnerships, and staffing and operations.
Please refer to the for detailed information on the grant benefits.
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 and In-Country Orientation: Grantees will participate in an online pre-departure orientation meeting and also participate in an in-country in-person orientation meeting held by Fulbright Germany.
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.
Candidates who have strong intercultural and leadership skills, and who have experience with and motivation for community engagement, are particularly encouraged. Adaptability, resilience, and openness are a requirement.
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.
Applicants already enrolled in a master’s program in Germany, or who have already begun their academic program in Germany, are not eligible for Fulbright funding.
Accepted Degree Levels
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:
- must be journalistic and published recently (within the 12 months preceding the application deadline in October)
- 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
- printed work samples must be scanned and together with digital work samples merged into one pdf-document
- this document has to be sent to Fulbright Germany via email to: email@example.com
- applicants must not send any additional application documents to Fulbright Germany
- deadline for submission is January 15, 2024
For questions, please contact Fulbright Germany via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Language Proficiency
German language skills need to meet the required language proficiency to pursue the envisaged project.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation with higher education or research host institutions in Germany.
Before beginning the application process, candidates should research the best match to pursue research or to study, taking into consideration the faculty, achievements, publications, and research of the relevant research institute or university department, as well as their locations.
Applicants are required to solicit a meaningful letter of invitation/support from their host institution and include it in their Fulbright application. The letter should make clear reference to the applicant's project, explain the institution's motivation for hosting the applicant, confirm the feasibility of the project, and outline the cooperation and support which the host institution will offer to help achieve the applicant's goals. The invitation letter is a prerequisite for the affiliation/matriculation with the host institution as a visiting/non-degree-seeking student or researcher. The host institution (either university or research institute) must also provide documentation of affiliated student/researcher status in order for the grantee to apply and receive the required residence permit for Germany.
In general, candidates are recommended to consult with the international offices of their intended host institutions regarding matriculation/affiliation requirements for Fulbright grantees.
All designated grantees must be officially affiliated/associated with the host institution be it a research institute or one of the 400 accredited German academic institutions. This may either be a full student (visiting/non-degree seeking) matriculation or a researcher status. The matriculation at a university facilitates access to university resources, public transportation passes, health insurance, and, most importantly, the residence permit. Affiliation with a research institute may provide the candidates with office and lab space, computer facilities, internet connection, library access, and help with securing a residency permit. The host institution (either university or research institute) must provide documentation of affiliated student/researcher status in order for the grantee to apply and receive the required residence permit for Germany.
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. It is the sole responsibility of the grantee to secure an internship, if needed Fulbright Germany offers support in connecting grantees with helpful contacts.
Applicants are responsible for their own housing arrangements and costs.