Author Topic: IJP Programmes: The Southern African Journalists' Bursary  (Read 985 times)


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The International Journalists‘ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and up to five young German journalists. For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.

The Southern African Bursary

Together with the ZEIT Foundation and in cooperation with the Federal Government, the Federal President Mr. Horst Köhler has established the Partnership with Africa initiative. A group of reform-minded African Heads of State and Government have accepted his invitation to discuss the relationship between the countries of Africa and the industrialized nations with some 25 representatives of civil society and the political and business communities of Africa and Germany at two conferences in Bonn and Accra.

Mode of Payment

The Southern African delegates receive a fixed payment of 3,000 Euro. This is expected to cover most of their travel, accommodation and living expenses. No further payments will be made: delegates are expected to use their own funds for any further costs. Payment for their work with the host media is not envisaged. To receive the full grant participants are obliged to write a report of at least three pages and provide copies of their published journalistic work after returning home.

Application 2011

All journalists from Southern Africa (SADC Member States and Kenia) between the age of 25 and 35 who regularly work for a media organisation can apply.

1.       Enclose a CV with a passport photograph.

2.       Write a 800 word essay addressing the following topics:
    * Why you would like to work in Germany
    * What you expect from the IJP and what you think you can contribute to it?
    * What are the 3 research topics you want to pursue during the fellowship?
    * What role you expect to play at your home media in the future?
    * How you will spend the bursary?

3.       Include a one-page resume detailing your education and work experience, your standard of German and English (copies of certificates/ e.g. Goethe Institut/Toefel), plus 2 copies of articles written by you (TV and radio journalists must type up their reports since no audio or video tapes can be considered)

4.       A journalistic reference from your editor or head of department is required (freelancers should submit a reference from a senior journalist). It should also guarantee your leave of absence for the duration of the program.

Applicants are asked to send the application documents (E-Mail) not before December 1st, 2010 and until January 31st, 2011 to the following address:

Read more: The Southern African Journalists’ Bursary 2011, Germany

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