International Journalists Programmes (IJP) Bursary 2020 for Southern African & German Journalists

International Journalists Programmes (IJP) Bursary 2020 for Southern African & German Journalists

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the International Journalists Programmes (IJP) Bursary 2020 for Southern African & German Journalists. The full application details for the International Journalists Programmes (IJP) Bursary can be accessed below.

International Journalists Programmes (IJP) Bursary

The Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme is a multiyear effort to shape an integrated understanding of the other country and region and to foster relations between Africa and Germany. It has been offered as a response to concerns about an increasing political and cultural detachment between Africa and Europe. The bursary is intended to enable young journalists to gain valuable insights into the political, economical, cultural as well as the social fabric of the host country. The bursary is named in honour of the former Federal President Horst Köhler and his exemplary dedication to the intensification of German-African relations.


  • 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.


  • All journalists from Southern Africa (SADC Member States and Kenia) between the age of 25 and 40 who regularly work for a media organization can apply.
  • It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory.
  • Eligible 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 + Kenia.


  • Enclose a CV with a passport photograph.
  • Write a 800 word essay addressing the following topics:
    • Why you would like to work in Germany
    • What you expect from 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?
  • Include a one-page resume detailing your education and work experience, your standard of German and English (copies of certificates/ e.g. Goethe Institut/TOEFL), 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)
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to send the application documents via e-mail not before December 15, 2019 and until February 15, 2020 to the following address: or

For more information, visit IJP.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020.

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