Media Ambassadors India-Germany
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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 1,500 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.

Indian journalists will usually stay in Germany from May to July, German journalists will stay in India from September to November of the respective program years.

The Call for Applications for Indian journalists takes place in fall for the following year, for German journalists in the beginning of the repsective program year. For more information about the application process, deadlines, and 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 2017

Portraits and Articles

Photos: Bjoern Hänssler 
Arfa Khanum, Senior Anchor, Rajya Sabha TV

Arfa Khanum is a broadcast journalist and currently works as a Senior Anchor with Rajya Sabha TV, the official Broadcaster of the Upper House of the Parliament of India. Previously associated with NDTV, she has worked closely with Aamir Khan on his TV blockbuster 'Satyamev Jayate'. Her areas of interest are international affairs and issues of social justice. In the last decade and a half, Arfa has covered a wide range of political developments in India and reported from a number of conflict affected areas in the world - Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal.

Her reporting interests in Germany include Socio-economic reasons behind the rise of the right wing in Germany and challenges for inclusivity. During her stay in Germany, she will be working closely with the editorial team at the Deutsche Welle in Berlin.

One of the articles Arfa Khanum produced during her stay in Germany:

Portraits and Articles

Photos: Anita Back 
Bernd Eberhart, freelance journalist

Bernd Eberhart is a freelance science journalist based in southern Germany. As a biologist, he is mainly interested in ecology, neurology and agriculture. He also writes on educational and technology topics and has so far published in publications like Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung or Bild der Wissenschaft. During his stay in India, he wants to learn and write about organic agriculture in India, the country’s efforts to become one of the leaders in science worldwide and the ever-present clash between economic development and environmental issues – and about its possible solutions.

During his stay in India he will be closely working with the editorial team of The Wire in Dehli.