Falling Walls Foundation Offering Science Summit Fellowships to Journalists


Dr. Imke Rajamani
Managing Director, Falling Walls Science

The Falling Walls Foundation is offering a journalist fellowship grant to support international media representatives in reporting on the topics of the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022. It aims to further strengthen the international public perception of Berlin as a location for scientific excellence and to contribute to the promotion of independent science journalism.

Applications should outline the applicant’s chosen topic relating to the interdisciplinary programme of the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022. Successful applicants will be invited to join an exchange with one of the festival’s numerous renowned partner organisations and speakers.

Reporting can take place before, during or after the Falling Walls Science Summit which holds November 7 to 9, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. 

Falling Walls Science Summit is the leading forum for global science leaders with focus on science breakthroughs. The summit takes place every year from November 7 to 9 in Berlin on the anniversary day of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This holistic approach of international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral discourse is globally unique and attracts leading researchers, CTOs, science strategists, sciences funders, and media worldwide.

The Foundation will select up to twenty media representatives who will each receive a fellowship grant, provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The grant will be awarded as a lump sum and includes travel, accommodation and per diem expenses for the whole duration of the fellowship programme (November 6 to 10 2022) as well as research and reporting costs, if those apply.

Applications are open to international media representatives with proven track of journalist record (freelance or staff). Applicants are expected to research and publish on a chosen topic related to the Falling Walls Science Summit. There are no restrictions on specific media areas or the form of publication.

Interested applicants should send their application documents which should include: Cover letter and short exposé/research plan (1 – 1.5 pages) on their preferred topic, including planned publication date and media contact. Please note: the subject of applicant’s reporting must be based on one of the event topics listed below; Short CV of your journalistic career and – if applicable – journalism grants, awards, etc.; and three examples of applicant’s journalistic work, maximum three samples, within a field of science. All application documents should be sent as one PDF document to press@falling-walls.com by October 2, 2022.

Applicants are to choose up to three topics that they would like to report on from the following:

  • Discovering Earth & SpaceArt and Science
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Climate Crisis & Sustainability
  • Discovering Earth & Space
  • Future Learning
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Science and Innovation Management
  • Science Engagement
  • Sciencepreneurship
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

For more information, please visit: https://falling-walls.com/press-releases/falling-walls-science-summit-2022-journalist-fellowship-call-for-applications/.