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Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Scholarships Program

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Scholarships Program

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Applications call for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Scholarships Program. Heinz-Kühn-Foundation scholarships intend to enable junior journalists to further their professional development and continue training in new surroundings, and to gain first-hand and in-depth knowledge of the customs, opinions, and way of life in other countries.


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

  • A lump-sum contribution towards living expenses in the host country (with scholarship payments covering training and living expenses in the host country).
  • Also, a lump-sum allowance for flight and traveling expenses (the foundation pays a return air ticket for candidates from abroad).
  • An allowance to cover the costs of research materials (e.g. literature).
  • An allowance for trips within the host country.
  • (if necessary, for scholarship holders from abroad) a German language course of up to two 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:

  • A keen interest in development issues.
  • Substantial professional experience in journalism (a completed college education is desirable)
  • 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.

Application Materials

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form and a photograph.
  • Certificates of vocational training and present occupation as well as foreign language certificates.
  • German candidates should provide a detailed statement explaining their reasons for applying, their choice of the host country, and the proposed topic of research.
  • Furthermore, candidates from abroad should provide a letter of motivation in German.


Journalists who meet the requirements for a scholarship should first contact the foundation to discuss possible host countries and their topics of interest. Applications for the following year must be received by 30 November.

The foundation’s postal address is:

Ministerpräsident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Stadttor 1
40190 Düsseldorf


Type of Opportunity Exchange Programs
Deadline30 November,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Heinz-Kühn-Foundation



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