Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards in Germany 2022
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Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards in Germany 2022

The Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards welcomes applications to assist the training and professional growth of junior journalists from developing nations in 2022.

Heinz Kühn was Premier of North Rhine Westphalia between 1966 and 1978. He was given birth to in Cologne in 1912. After finishing secondary education, he studied political sciences and economics and later became a journalist. He was driven into exile after 1933 and went back to Germany in 1945. As a journalist and politician, he was strongly devoted to the building up of an egalitarian society. Heinz Kühn characterized himself by his cosmopolitanism and cleverness.

The foundation grants scholarship awards to emerging journalists from North-Rhine-Westphalia for six-week or three-month reporting expeditions in emerging nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The foundation also awards funds to allow applicants from developing nations to acquire professional journalism knowledge in North-Rhine-Westphalia for up to three months.

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation awards are designed to allow young journalists to advance their professional growth and continue training in new environments, and to acquire a personal and comprehensive knowledge of the traditions, opinions and way of life in other nations.

Worth of Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards

  • a lump-sum award towards living costs in the host nation (with scholarship award payments providing training and living costs in the host nation);
  • a lump-sum stipend for flight and travelling costs (the foundation pays a return flight ticket for applicants from overseas);
  • a stipend to provide expenses of research materials (e.g. literature);
  • a stipend for trips within the host nation; and,
  • (if required, for scholarship beneficiaries from overseas) a German language program of up to four months at the Düsseldorf or Bonn based Goethe-Institut.
  • In the lead up to the award and all through the period of the scholarship award, the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation will offer support.

Obligations of Scholarship Holders

  • Scholarship award recipients from North-Rhine-Westphalia have to decide on and agree with the foundation a plan for their training and professional growth in their host nation and to go along with this plan during the scholarship award to the best of their ability.
  • They also agree to submit a comprehensive report of their stay in the host nation within six weeks of finishing the scholarship.
  • All reports from scholarship award beneficiaries are printed in the yearbook of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation.

Eligibility for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards

Young journalists from emerging nations are qualified for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards if they meet the following conditions:

  • possess a keen interest in development matters;
  • have prior to now obtained significant professional experience in journalism (a concluded college education is preferred);
  • are not over 35 years old; and,
  • possess a good command of the official language of their host nation (applicants from overseas should at least possess a basic knowledge of the German language).

How to Apply for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards

Journalists who satisfy the conditions for Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Awards must first get in touch with the foundation to discuss potential host nations and their topics of interest.
The following credentials must be enclosed with the application:

  • CV in tabular form and a photo;
  • certificates of vocational training and present job;
  • foreign languages certificates;
  • German applicants must submit a detailed statement describing their reasons for applying, their choice of host nation and planned topic of research.
  • Applicants from overseas must submit a letter of motivation in German.
  • Applicants from North-Rhine-Westphalia who are qualified and have been short-listed for an award will be asked to an interview with a selection committee led by a member of the management board of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation.
  • Award decisions are made by the board of trustees of the Heinz-Kühn-Foundation on the approval of the selection committee.

For additional information, please get in touch with
Mrs. Ute Maria Kilian in Düsseldorf
Telephone: +49 211 837 1274
Email: [email protected]

Application Deadline

Applications for the following year have to be submitted by November 30.

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