Prizes and Awards

For many years, IJP has been honouring journalists and their work annually through two awards, which come with a 2,000 Euro prize each.

The Arthur F. Burns Awards are granted by the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs to one German and one North American Burns alumni who have published a remarkable and exceptional contribution on the political, economic or cultural situation of the respective partner country or on transatlantic relations.

The George F. Kennan Commentary Award is awarded by the IJP Board of Trustees to a journalist who has published a commentary on issues concerning the United States or transatlantic relations in a remarkable and outstanding manner within a German outlet.

The jury of both awards is composed of the editors-in-chief, curators and former award winners Barbara Junge (tageszeitung, taz), Stefan Kornelius (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Michael Bröcker (Media Pioneer), Prof. Manuel Hartung (ZEIT Foundation), Elisabeth Niejahr (Hertie Foundation) as well as Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).

The application deadline for the Arthur F. Burns and the George F. Kennan Award is January 31 of each year. Submissions should be made by email to freiling@ijp.org.

Arthur F. Burns Award

The Arthur F. Burns Awards are granted by the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs to one German and one North American Burns alumni who have published a remarkable and exceptional contribution on the political, economic or cultural situation of the respective partner country or on transatlantic relations.

Burns Preisträger 2022 Christoph Farkas

Arthur F. Burns Award Winners

2022 – Christoph Farkas
2021 – Ibrahim Naber & Jonas Schreijäg
2020 – Fabian Reinbold
2019 – Gianna Niewel, Lisa Schnell & Josh O’Kane
2018 – Christian Schweppe & John Eligon
2017 – Roman Deininger & Vauhini Vara
2016 – Nora Gantenbrink & Kerstin Kohlenberg
2015 – Marie-Astrid Langer
2014 – Markus Feldenkirchen & Andrew Curry
2013 – Amrai Coen & Mike Giglio
2012 – Johannes Gerner
2011 – Gordon Repinski & Aaron Wiener
2010 – Cordula Meyer & Krista Kapralos
2009 – Roman Pletter
2008 – Dr. Gregor Peter Schmitz & Andrew Curry
2007 – Michael Weißenborn & James Hagengruber
Previous award winners

George F. Kennan Award

The Commentary Award has been awarded annually since May 2001 by the IJP Board of Trustees to a journalist who has published a commentary on issues concerning the United States or transatlantic relations in a remarkable and outstanding manner within a German outlet. In 2005, the Commentary Award was renamed the George F. Kennan Award in honour of the late diplomat and writer George F. Kennan.

George F. Kennan Award Winners

2022 – Christian Zaschke
2021 – Andrian Kreye
2020 – Majid Sattar
2019 – Professor Michael Stürmer
2018 – Marie-Astrid Langer
2017 – Hubert Wetzel
2016 – Ansgar Graw
2015 – Nicolas Richter
2014 – Uwe Schmitt
2013 – Erik T. Hansen
2012 – Martin Klingst
2011 – Hans-Dieter Gelfert
2010 – Christian Wernicke
2009 – Roger Cohen
2008 – Niklas Maak
2007 – Jacob Heilbrunn
2006 – Dr. Josef Joffe
2005 – Andreas Geldner
Previous Award Winners