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.
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.
Scholarship holders will get a lump-sum contribution covering their training and living expenses, airfare, costs of research materials, trips within the host country; and, if necessary, a German language course of up to four months at the Düsseldorf or Bonn based Goethe-Institut.
Young journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia and developing countries are eligible for a scholarship if they satisfy the following requirements:
- 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 following documents should be enclosed with the application: CV and a photograph; certificates of vocational training and present occupation; foreign languages certificates; 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.