IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme 2024

Deadline: 1st of March, 2024

The IJP Southern African-German Journalists’ Program 2024 is currently accepting applications. The goal of the multiyear Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme is to strengthen ties between Germany and Africa while fostering an integrated understanding of the other nation and area. It has been presented in response to worries about Africa and Europe becoming more and more politically and culturally apart.

The purpose of the bursary is to help aspiring journalists learn important things about the political, social, cultural, and economic landscape of the host nation. The bursary bears the name of former Federal President Horst Köhler, who shown exceptional commitment to enhancing German-African ties.


  • 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) who regularly work for a media organisation can apply.
  • Applicants should be between the age of 25 and 40.


  • 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/Toefel), 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.

Applicants are asked to send the application documents (e-mail) not before November 27 and until March 1 to the following address: vollmar@ijp.org

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