The program is named for Arthur F. Burns, former US-Ambassador to Germany and Federal Reserve Board Chairman. 2017, in it’s 30th year, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program gives 20 promising journalists from Germany and the USA to gain professional and personal experience in the other partner’s country. In 2013 it expanded to include Canadian journalists.
The delegates work for two months in a host media organization of their choice, learning about news operations in a foreign setting and, in effect, serving as foreign correspondents for their home newsrooms. The fellowship allows for an intense impression of the politics, business world, culture and social fibre of the host countries while being fully integrated into the day-to-day business of the host newsroom.
The program was initially founded in 1988 to further the understanding of German journalists of U.S. affairs and to strengthen the transatlantic relationship. Since 1990, the program has been a true exchange program between the two countries. Its aim is to support highly talented journalists.
- German and U.S. Journalists between the ages of 21 and 37
- The German participants of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship receive a budget of 4,000 Euro, the American fellows 5,500 US$.
- This covers their transatlantic flight and a portion of the fellows’ travel and basic living expenses.
- There will be no payment for the work in the host organization.