South Eastern Europe / Germany

The German-South-Eastern European Journalists’ Bursary was founded in 2020. The bursary supports reporting on climate and energy issues, thus providing participants with a deep insight into topics related to climate protection.

A total of up to ten journalists from Germany, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are given the opportunity to spend six to eight weeks in one of the host countries and devote themselves to reporting on climate and energy. During this time, they get to know the country better, establish contacts with local journalists and expand their network. As part of the project, the fellows are placed with local media companies where they are involved in daily work.

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to work on their own journalistic projects and report on climate and energy issues for media in their respective home countries.



Fellows of the South Eastern European Programme in 2022
Fellow Lisbeth Schröder during her fellowship in Romania

„If I were to describe briefly the experience lived due to the fellowship, I would say two words – pleasant and useful. Pleasant because I met a lot of interesting people, useful because it opened up another perspective on the word “green” for me. In Romania, eco journalism is not mainstream, I could say that it is more like a niche journalism. During the fellowship in Germany, other perspectives opened up for me and I gained a new understanding of the phenomenon and the importance of fighting against pollution of any kind. Green journalism is more than a must in our days. For me, this fellowship was a trigger that connected me to the real world and to the real needs of the planet.“

Tiberiu Stoichici, Fellow 2021
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