2019 ICFJ Arthur F. Burns Fellowship for U.S., Canadian and German journalists

Deadline: March 1, 2019.

ICFJ’s longest-running program, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship provides talented young U.S., German and Canadian journalists the opportunity to live and work in each other’s country. This highly personalized and practical program improves the quality of news coverage in each country and strengthens the transatlantic relationship.

Among the mid-career journalists reporting on international affairs in Germany today, at least half are Burns alumni. Many U.S. alumni, who began in small community news organizations, have moved to positions of greater influence and breadth.



As fellows learn firsthand about their host country and media outlet, they write stories and produce broadcast programs for both host and home audiences. When they return home, they share their experiences with colleagues and continue to cover current events, using their new skills, contacts and a deeper understanding of international relations.

Before individual fellowships begin, all participants attend a one-week orientation in Washington, D.C., during the last week of July. Fellows attend meetings with prominent media and government representatives and discuss professional issues. The orientation fosters a spirit of community among the participants and gives a foundation for understanding transatlantic relations.




1. This competitive program is open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists between the age of 21-40, who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online.

2. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs.

3. Applicants should have two years of professional, full-time journalism experience.

4. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged.




1. Each North American fellow receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the 9-week-long fellowship in Germany.

2. Participants also receive $1,200 for travel expenses or a travel voucher, and the program also pays living expenses during the orientation in Washington, D.C.



Interested applicants can apply here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4711985.



ICFJ Arthur F. Burns Fellowship

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