Arthur F. Burns Fellowships 2018 for Media Professionals from the United States, Canada & Germany

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Application Deadline:

  • Application Deadline
    until – for German applicants
  • Application Deadline
    until – for US applicants

The program is named for Arthur F. Burns, former US-Ambassador to Germany and Federal Reserve Board Chairman. 2018, in it’s 31st year, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program gives 20 promising journalists from Germany and the USA to gain professional and personal experience in the other partner’s country. In 2013 it expanded to include Canadian journalists. The delegates work for two months in a host media organization of their choice, learning about news operations in a foreign setting and, in effect, serving as foreign correspondents for their home newsrooms. The fellowship allows for an intense impression of the politics, business world, culture and social fibre of the host countries while being fully integrated into the day-to-day business of the host newsroom.

The program was initially founded in 1988 to further the understanding of German journalists of U.S. affairs and to strengthen the transatlantic relationship. Since 1990, the program has been a true exchange program between the two countries. Its aim is to support highly talented journalists.

Patrons of the program are the current ambassadors of both countries:

Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States of America
Sabine Sparwasser,
German Ambassador to Canada


  • The German participants of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship receive a budget of 4,000 Euro, the American fellows 5,500 US$.
  • This covers their transatlantic flight and a portion of the fellows’ travel and basic living expenses.
  • There will be no payment for the work in the host organization.

Application Procedure:

German participants are requested to send to IJP a Curriculum Vitae in English or German, a passport picture, a short summary of their professional objectives in the host country and a letter of recommendation from their supervising editor. The letter of recommendation should support the application as proof of journalistic work and at the same time guarantee that the applicant can be released from his/her commitments for the duration of the program.

U.S. applicants please contact the International Center for Journalists at the above address.


  • Application Deadline
    until – for German applicants
  • Application Deadline
    until – for US applicants
  • Orientation meeting
    July 24th – July 29th, 2018 in Washington, DC
  • Fellowship in Germany
    August/September, 2018


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships 2018

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