Israel / Germany Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowship

The Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Programme was established in 2004 after a series of popular alumni research tours to Israel and Lebanon. It is named after the German journalist Ernst Cramer (1913 – 2010) and the former mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek (1911 – 2007). Both had worked with great passion for reconciliation between Israel and Germany.

Within the framework of the scholarship programme, the IJP wants to contribute to an intensive dialogue between the media in a region particularly affected by conflict and at the same time invite journalists from the Middle East to exchange with their German colleagues. This is done in cooperation with state institutions, foundations and sponsors in Germany and Israel. The fellowship is simultaneously announced for journalists in Germany who can apply for a two-month stay in Israel. Since 2005, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine have been included in the programme, with Jordan and Egypt joining in 2006. Currently, up to five journalists from these participating countries are invited to Germany each year; the same number of German journalists are sent to the Middle East.



Fellows 2023
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“Not only did I make some of my best friends during those two months, the fellowship also had a lasting influence on my career: I later moved to Israel, completed a Master program in Jerusalem, and subsequently corresponded from Tel Aviv, Amman and Beirut. After some seven years in the Middle East I worked as crisis reporter for DER SPIEGEL, mostly covering the war in Ukraine. And as of January 2024, I am again based in Tel Aviv, having become correspondent for Israel and the Palestinian territories. I highly recommend applying for the Middle East program, or in fact any other program of IJP. The organisation offers a remarkable network of colleagues as well as the chance to partake in conferences and study trips around the world.”

Thore Schröder, Alumnus 2010
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