Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there an age restriction for applicants?
- The Medienbotschafter program seeks to support exceptional young journalists to enhance their skills in intercultural communication and the production of high-quality journalism. However, there is no age limit for applicants. The program is open to all professional journalists from China and Germany.
- In what language should I apply?
- My work samples are in Chinese or German. Should I translate these into English?
- No. Work samples should be supplied in their original format. A translation is not required.
- Concerning the working language: What level of English is required to take part in the Medienbotschafter program?
- The applicant should be able to communicate in fluent English. A TOEFL certificate or other documents are not required. If you have a certificate you may attach it to your application.
- How does the selection process work?
- The program usually receives substantially more submissions than fellowships available. After the submission deadline the most promising candidates will be put on a shortlist and are invited to an interview (in English) with the selection committee. The final eight fellows will be announced two weeks latest after the interview sessions.
- How many years of relevant work experience should applicants have?
- Applicants must have at least two years of relevant work experience.
- Are only print journalists encouraged to apply?
- No. The program is open to journalists from all types of media. TV, radio and multimedia journalists are all very welcome to apply for the fellowship.
- Is there a specialty (i.e. business, technology reporting, civil society) that is given greater preference?
- Many of the previous Media Ambassadors have come from well-known media companies, and I work for a smaller local media company.
How important are job titles and media affiliation?
- We focus on journalistic skills. The job title of a candidate has no bearing in the selection process. We treat all applicants the same, regardless of their employer. In fact, we do prefer diversity of media background among applicants.
- Does the application deadline include the date displayed on the website (e.g. January 15)? What is the exact hour of the deadline?
- Yes. For Chinese applicants, applications must be submitted before midnight Beijing time. For German applicants, applications must be submitted before midnight Berlin time. We strongly recommend avoiding last-minute submissions.
- As a broadcast or multimedia journalist: Should I send audio or video files with my application?
- Please do not send audio or video files, CDs or DVDs. We kindly ask radio or TV journalists to describe one or more work samples in a text. Applicants should make relevant work available online. The descriptions and the web links should be part of the single PDF document that the applicant submits online.
- Can Chinese or German foreign correspondents also apply for a fellowship in the Medienbotschafter program?
- In general, the program prefers journalists without previous posting experience. But if you are strongly interested in the program, feel free to apply.
Learn from the best
Media companies host Medienbotschafter fellows for in-house training in China's and Germany's best newsrooms.
Medienbotschafter fellows gain insights from the CEOs, publishers and key journalists at media networks in Germany and China.
Our alumni network, the Deutsch-Chinesisches Mediennetzwerk, strengthens the relations between journalists in Germany and China.
Read interesting reports by our Chinese and German fellows as well as the latest news about the Medienbotschafter-Program.
In addition to the three-month stay we provide research fellowships for alumni and their counterparts in Germany and China.
Since 2008 over 128 journalists from the leading media companies in China and Germany became media ambassadors.