Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Transatlantic Media Fellowship 2021 for Journalists

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Deadline: June 14, 2021

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Transatlantic Media Fellowship applications are open for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Transatlantic Media Fellowship 2021. The Transatlantic Media Fellowship program supports well-researched transatlantic journalism.

As in previous years, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC, will give a select number of journalists from the United States, Canada, and Germany the opportunity for on-the-ground reporting relevant to the foundation’s work on climate & energy policy, democracy & social policy, or technology & digital policy. They will not be able to offer a specific fellowship in the field of foreign and security policy this year, but plan to include this area again in 2022.

Issue Areas

  • Climate & Energy Policy: Applicants in this category should pitch stories on climate and energy policy/issues in the United States, Canada, or in EU member states. Possible topics include:
    • The Green New Deal / The European Green Deal
    • Green stimulus packages
    • Phase-out of fossil fuels and nuclear power
    • Transformation towards renewable energy
    • Sustainable transportation
    • Environmental justice
    • Methane emissions
    • Climate change litigation
  • Democracy & Social Policy: Applicants in this category should pitch stories on challenges to democracy in the United States, Canada or in EU member states. Possible topics include:
    • The upcoming German federal election in September 2021
    • Challenges to democracy, such as radicalization and anti-democratic movements
    • Migration (climate-induced migration is of particular interest)
    • LGBTQ, gender equality and racial justice
    • Debates on colonialism and historical reconciliation (Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung)
    • US society and transatlantic relations in a post-Trump era
    • Social, democratic and economic reforms under the Biden administration
  • Technology & Digital Policy: Applicants in this category should pitch stories on technology and digital policy in North America (United States and/or Canada) or in EU member states. Possible topics include:
    • EU, US or transatlantic digital governance debates (e.g. platform regulation, privacy, data flows)
    • Debates on disinformation and misinformation online
    • EU, US or transatlantic debates over digital innovation and competition with China
    • Digital technologies and sustainability
    • Public interest technology and open data
    • Ethical debates about the use of data and digital technologies


  • A stipend of $3,500 for an on-the-ground fellowship (including transatlantic travel); OR
  • A stipend of $1,500 for a digital fellowship (virtual interviews, no travel)


They seek journalists with a strong track record of publications who offer new perspectives on transatlantic policy debates. Fellowships are open to journalists in any medium.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Transatlantic Media Fellowship Applicants should be:

  • based in the United States or Canada and demonstrate a strong motivation for engaging in research and reporting about Europe; OR
  • based in Germany and demonstrate a strong motivation for engaging in research and reporting about the United States or Canada

They will give special consideration to journalists

  • from regional or local media outlets.
  • from diverse backgrounds who can offer lesser-heard perspectives.
  • who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research.

Also Apply For: Barbro Klein Global Fellowship Programme 2022/2023 for Early-career Scholars


Applications should consist of:

  • Resume: Please use a standard US format (no picture, date of birth, religion or marital status).
  • Cover letter: A one-page document outlining your motivation, qualifications, and experience.
  • Proposal: Please include the following three sections:
    • Story proposals: Please include a short description of the stories you plan to cover (about 200 words each), and whom you plan to contact for interviews.
    • Publication plan: Specify your plan for publication (language and target publication).
    • Social media: Briefly explain how you plan to engage with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC in the course of your fellowship.
  • Work samples: Please submit two work samples. If your previous work is not in English, German, Spanish, or French, please provide a brief summary of each of your work samples.

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For more information, visit Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

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