Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Scholarship Open for Young Journalists

Ute Maria Kilian, Heinz Kühn Foundation
Ute Maria Kilian, Heinz Kühn Foundation

The Heinz-Kühn-Foundation is calling for applications from young journalists from developing countries and North-Rhine-Westphalia who are interested in  its scholarships through which it supports training and professional development for young practitioners.

The Foundation scholarships are intended to enable junior journalists to further their professional development and continued training in new surroundings, and to gain a first-hand and in-depth knowledge of the customs, opinions and way of life in other countries.

For journalists from developing countries, it is an opportunity that will enable them gain professional journalism experience in North-Rhine-Westphalia for up to three months.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia or a developing country; not older than 35 years of age; have keen interest in development issues; have already gained substantial professional experience in journalism (a completed college education is desirable); and have a good command of the official language of their host country (candidates from abroad must at least, have a basic knowledge of the German language).

Successful candidates are given a lump-sum contribution towards living expenses in the host country (with scholarship payments covering training and living expenses in the host country); a lump-sum allowance for flight and travelling expenses (the foundation pays a return air ticket for candidates from abroad); and an allowance to cover costs of research materials (e.g. literature).

The Foundation also gives them an allowance for trips within the host country; and, (if necessary, for scholarship holders from abroad) a German language course of up to four months at the Düsseldorf or Bonn based Goethe-Institut.

Interested journalists who meet the requirements for the scholarship should first contact the foundation to discuss possible host countries and their topics of interest.
Applications for the following year must be received by November 30.

Applications should be sent to the Foundation’s postal address at Ministerpräsident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung, Stadttor 1, 40190 Düsseldorf.

For further information please contact Mrs. Ute Maria Kilian in Düsseldorf, Telephone: +49 211 837 1274, Email: umkilian@stk.nrw.de.