Journalist in Residence Fellowship

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The Journalist in Residence Fellowship enables journalists to work as visiting scholars at the WZB for a period between six weeks and three months, during which they can pursue their own research. It opens up an exchange with researchers and invite fellows to participate in internal and public events.

Established in 2005, the Journalist in Residence Fellowship was granted by the WZB together with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. Since then, the WZB has welcomed journalists-in-residence every year and forged long-lasting connections with them.

Target group

Staff reporters and freelance journalists from regional and national media who regularly report on scientific subjects or topics in politics, social issues and economics.


Six weeks to three months. The length of the residency is arranged on an individual basis.

Stipend amount

We offer a monthly stipend of 3.500 Euro including a fully equipped working place. All resources in the institutional library may also be used without charge.


•  March 1 to May 31: Application window for residencies in the following academic year.

•   June/July: Residencies are awarded.

  September to June: Residencies take place on an individually arranged basis.

Applications should be submitted electronically and include: a reference from the applicant’s editor-in-chief or central employer, up to five relevant work samples, a CV, and a sketch of the project to be undertaken as part of the residency.