2017/2018 Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships for Junior Journalists in Developing Countries

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The aim of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation is to support the training and professional development of junior journalists.

The foundation awards scholarships to young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia for six-week or three-month reporting trips in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The foundation also provides funds to enable candidates from developing countries to gain professional journalism experience in North-Rhine-Westphalia for up to three months.

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation scholarships are intended to enable junior journalists to further their professional development and continue 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.

Sponsor: Heinz-Kühn-Foundation

Scholarship Benefits

  • 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);
  • an allowance to cover costs of research materials (e.g. literature);
  • an allowance for trips within the host country; and,
  • (if neccessary, for scholarship holders from abroad) a German language course of up to four months at the Düsseldorf or Bonn based GoGoethe-Institute


November 30, 2016


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must…

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


To apply for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships, you’re required to note the following:

  1. Journalists who meet the requirements for a scholarship should first contact the foundation to discuss possible host countries and their topics of interest.
  2. The foundation’s postal address is:

Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


Fürstenwall 25

40219 Düsseldorf

  1. The following documents should be enclosed with the application:
  • curriculum vitae in tabular form and a photograph;
  • certificates of vocational training and present occupation;
  • foreign languages certificates;
  1. German candidates should provide a detailed statement explaining their reasons for applying, their choice of host country and proposed topic of research.

Candidates from abroad should provide a letter of motivation in German.

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply.

For more information: Check Scholarship Official Page


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