IJP fellowship energy and climate: Germany-Central Eastern Europe

We are inviting: Journalists from Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania passionate about climate and energy topics
October - December 2019
Germany and Central Eastern Europe
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A journalism programme on environmental, energy, and climate policy: Exploring the energy transition in the heart of Europe

The German non-profit organisation IJP (International Journalists’ Programmes) is offering its second special fellowship for journalists interested in reporting in the field of climate and energy in cooperation with the Clean Energy Wire CLEW as partner organisation for the programme.

This opportunity is open to up to ten journalists with a passion for climate and energy topics. Reporters from the following countries are eligible: Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

The Programme

The scholarship programme starts with a thematic introductory conference in Berlin  (27-30 October 2019). Subsequently, the participating journalists will begin their stay at their respective journalistic host organisations.

Journalists from Germany will stay at a host media in one of the other countries for the time of the scholarship while the journalists from those countries will spent their time in a media in Germany. These media are selected by IJP in consideration of the interests, qualifications and wishes of the fellows. While partly being embedded in the workflow of the host media, the fellows will work on their own journalistic projects and mainly report for media in their home country. During the 6 to 8 weeks of the stay the journalist will get to know the host country better, establish contacts to local  journalists and deepen his or her knowledge about climate and energy issues.

The programme concludes with a final meeting (17-20 December 2019). The participants are asked to deliver a three-page report of their experiences. It should also include all contributions produced during their stay.

Each IJP 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.

Participants of the programme are also invited to jointly pursue a transnational research on a common topic in the field of climate and energy policy during their fellowship.

The organisers

The programme is jointly organised by International Journalists' Programmes (IJP) and the Clean Energy Wire.

IJP is a non-profit organisation offering journalist exchange programmes between Germany and more than 40 other countries and regions. The purpose of these exchanges is to allow participating journalists to experience their host countries from a correspondent’s perspective, exchange knowledge and deepen their network while working in and reporting on a foreign country.

Journalists granted with the climate & energy bursary will receive a deeper and detailed insight into the field, get the opportunity to work, whilst specialising topically and internationally alike.


The application is open to any journalist from the above mentioned countries, 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 a successful application. At least workable knowledge of English is essential.

Deadline for application is 15 July, 2019. 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).

The selection committee will inform applicants by August 15th, 2019.

Address of application

The application process is handled by the IJP and further information on the programme and the process is available here.

Applications must be directed to:

IJP e.V.
Postfach 31 07 46
10637 Berlin


Digital applications are preferred and kindly requested in one PDF document.

If you have any queries regarding the programme or your application, please
contact IJP via the above mentioned email contacts.

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