The Heinz-Kühn-Foundation offers scholarships for junior journalists from developing countries.

The program funds these journalists to study and gain experience in Germany for up to three months.

The goal is to help them develop professionally and be in contact with a different culture.

The Foundation also provides scholarships for young German journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia.

In this case, the funds are for six-week or three-month reporting trips in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The program has been running for several years and the foundation is located in North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


  • Have a keen interest in development issues;
  • Have already gained substantial professional experience in journalism (a completed college education is desirable);
  • Are not older than 35 years of age; 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).

The basic knowledge of German language applicable would be between B1 and B2 levels.

Cover of scholarship:

  • 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 traveling expenses (the foundation pays a return air ticket for candidates from abroad);
  • An allowance to cover costs of research materials (e.g. literature);
  • 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.

Deadline for Applications:

Friday, November 30, 2018.

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