Media Ambassadors India-Germany

Media Ambassadors India-Germany

The fellowship program "Media Ambassadors India – Germany" is organized by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the Center for Media Competence at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and aims to attract journalists with an interest in international understanding between India and Germany. Every year, sixteen fellowships are awarded to Indian and German journalists.

Eight journalists each from India and Germany will be chosen in a competitive selection process to be fellows of this program. Each group takes part in a tailor-made, month-long training at an institution in the host country with a focus on media and journalism. The course includes studies on general affairs in the respective host country and on the entire spectrum of journalistic forms of presentation. Afterwards, they spend up to two months job shadowing in renowned print, radio, online, or television editorial teams or media outlets. Selected fellows receive a stipend of 1,350 Euros per month.

The job shadowing at the media outlets of the host country allows journalists to get deep insights into the working styles of the media in Germany and India, respectively. The program also includes field trips, as well as meetings, discussions and forums with important personalities in politics, journalism and society. The aim of the program is to obtain firsthand experience which the Indian and German journalists then use in their coverage back home returning from their stay abroad.

Excellent Indian Journalists could apply for the fellowship in Germany from October 1, 2016 until December 15, 2016. The journalists will stay in Germany from May to July 2017.

The Call for Applications for German Journalists is open from January 15, 2017. For more information about the application process and the selection criteria please visit the website of the program.


Pradnya Bivalkar
Program Director
University of Tübingen, CMC
Wilhelmstrasse 50
72074 Tübingen, Germany
Phone: +49 7071 29-77061

Contact at the Foundation

Dr. Clemens Spiess
Phone: +49 711 46084-450
Get to Know the Fellows 2016

Portraits and Articles

Photos: Bjoern Hänssler 
Bhavya Dore, Freelancer

Bhavya Dore worked for the Hindustan Times in Mumbai for five years until December 2014, first covering education and then the Bombay high court, and has been freelancing for the past year. She has written on culture, sports, and criminal justice issues, among other things, for Caravan, Quartz,, Hindu Business Line Ink and other publications. She also reported from South Africa in 2015, during a brief stint there.

Her reporting interests in Germany included irreligion and atheism, the country’s gay culture and immigration stories from earlier migrants of the 1980s. During her stay in Germany, she was working closely with the editorial department at the Hamburger Abendblatt in Hamburg.

One of the articles Bhavya produced during her stay in Germany: 

Portraits and Articles

Photo: Julia Wadhawan 
Julia Wadhawan, Freelancer

Julia Wadhawan has been writing for several newspapers and magazines like the economic daily Handelsblatt, the weekly Die Zeit and special-interest-publications such as Meedia. She was trained at the Georg von Holtzbrinck-Schule and the Handelsblatt-Verlag as a business editor. Until now she has been mainly covering topics of the digital economy, media industry and advertising.

In India, Julia Wadhawan had a close look at developments, prospects and challenges of Indian business since Modi’s ascent to power. Her main interest though was of social and political dimension: caste and caste-based politics, the quota system and minority politics. During her stay in India, she worked closely with the editorial department at in Mumbai.

One of the articles Julia Wadhawan produced during her stay in India: