Fully-funded Journalism Scholarships for Developing Countries at Heinz-Kühn-Foundation in Germany 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on November 15, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor (Timor Timur), Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, North, Korea, South, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Mrs. Ute Maria Kilian In Düsseldorf Telephone: +49 211 837 1274 Email: [email protected]

Junior journalists from developing countries can now start their application for the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Journalism Scholarships in Germany for the academic year of 2023-2024. Eligible students are encouraged to proceed with the application to the journalism program to be awarded a fully funded award which may help them further their higher education and succeeds on their professional journey.

Development of the Junior Journalist 

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation aims to support the mentorship, training, and professional development of junior journalists from developing countries. The awards to the young journalist will be in six weeks or three months trips to developing countries.

The foundation will be providing a fund to support the students to gain their journalism experience at North Rhine Westphalia, this program will help them train in a new environment and access the depth knowledge of the opinions, customs, and the way other people live in other countries.

Scholarship Provider: Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung Foundation

About the Provider 

The Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung is a public foundation of the government territory of North Rhine-Westphalia which is solely and straightforwardly following non-benefit purposes.

Established in 1982, its point is to help youthful journalists from North Rhine-Westphalia – as well as from abroad while in the government state – in their development and further preparation. The government of North Rhine-Westphalia in this manner underlines how significant it is for a democratic society to support its journalistic posterity.

The top state leader of North Rhine Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, is the chairman of the leading group of trustees which settles on the grants supporting the chosen journalists.

Heinz Kühn was North Rhine Westphalia’s Head from 1966 to 1978. He was brought into the world in Cologne in 1912. In the wake of finishing optional training, he concentrated on political theories and financial matters and thusly turned into a journalist. He was constrained into exile after 1933 and got back to Germany in 1945. As a journalist and lawmaker, he was solidly dedicated to the structure of a popularity-based society. Heinz Kühn separated himself by his cosmopolitanism and refinement.

The foundation is intended to advance the improvement of youthful journalists, an errand to which Heinz Kühn, after whom the foundation is named, sacrificially gave his undertakings during his whole expert life and to which, recollecting his own career, he keeps on being emphatically dedicated even today.”

The sanction additionally accommodates a global standpoint of the foundation: “The foundation focuses on additional preparation and keeping on preparing of youthful journalists from abroad in North-Rhine-Westphalia and of youthful journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia in different nations”. In his ability as an individual from the leading group of trustees Heinz Kühn effectively upheld the foundation until his demise in 1992.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Developing Countries
  • Degree Level: Undergraduate or Masters Degree
  • Field: Journalism
  • Scholarship Award: Living expenses, Research costs, Travel Expenses, and other related fees
  • Number of Awards: Not Specified by the Provider
  • Duration: Three months
  • Scholarship Country: Germany
  • Renewable: No
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application, applicants must meet the eligibility for the scholarship. Young journalists who are citizens of North-Rhine-Westphalia and developing countries are encouraged to apply for the scholarship and must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • The applicants must have a keen interest in the issues evolving in developing countries.
  • Applicants who are not older than 35 years old at the time of the application.
  • Must have gained an experience in journalism and completed their college education
  • Must have a good knowledge of the German language

Application Process 

To apply for the scholarship, the eligible candidates must meet the requirements and should be able to contact the Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung Foundation to be able to discuss the possible topics and possible host countries.

The application process will also be discussed after the communication with the foundation. Interested students may reach out to the foundation by sending an application email.

Required Documents 

As part of the application, candidates are required to submit the following:

  • The tabular form of Curriculum Vitae with photo
  • Present occupation
  • Certificates of vocational training
  • Foreign language certificates
  • The German applicants must be able to provide detailed statements which explain their interests and reason for applying, choice of their host countries, and research topic
  • Letters of motivation are required to be submitted from the applicants in developing countries.

Selection Process 

The candidates from North Rhine Westphalia who are qualified and have been short-listed for the scholarship will be welcome to a meeting with a scholarship committee panel headed by an individual from the leading group of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation.

Choices are taken by the leading group of trustees of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation on the proposal of the determination panel.

Scholarship Award 

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation will be providing the following awards to the successful young journalist:

  • Lump-sum contribution towards the journalist’s living expenses and their host country
  • The scholarship will also be covering the payments of the scholars training and living expenses in the host country
  • Research material allowance fees
  • Travel allowance fees to the host country
  • If necessary, the beneficiary of the award will be given a German language course for up to two months.

Throughout the duration of the scholarship, the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation will be providing any support needed for the scholarship holder. The successful students must be able to read and agree to the terms and conditions applied to the scholarship awards.

Scholarship Holder Obligation 

Scholarship holders from North-Rhine-Westphalia need to decide and concur with the foundation on an arrangement for their preparation and expert improvement in their host country and to follow this arrangement during the scholarship as well as could be expected. They likewise embrace presenting a point-by-point report of their visit to the host country within no less than about a month and a half of finishing the scholarship. All reports from scholarship holders are distributed in the yearbook of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until November 30, 2022.

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