There is a great deal of opportunity for individual initiative in this fellowship program, but there are several minimum expectations to which participants are asked to adhere. If you wish to be considered for this program, please read and acknowledge the agreement below.
If selected to be an Arthur F. Burns Fellow: I agree to foster and endorse the overall goals of the program, which are to increase awareness and knowledge of Germany and to promote closer and lasting personal contacts with my professional counterparts in Germany.
I understand that this is a professional training program in which work is required. If selected for this fellowship, while I am affiliated with a German news organization selected by the sponsors, I agree to work for approximately half of the time on news coverage for my home news organization. Furthermore, I agree to work and/or observe journalism practices in Germany for approximately half of the time at the host news organization, serving in effect, as a temporary staff member. If selected for a shorter Fellowship I agree to produce a major story or project for my home publication.
I understand that, although I may want to work in a particular region or city in Germany, my preferences will be considered but not guaranteed.
I agree to participate in a group orientation in Washington, D.C., beginning on July 28, 2015, prior to my departure for Germany.
I agree to provide, by November 1, 2015, a written report to the Fellowship administrators about my European experience.
I understand that the program administrators will provide me with a stipend in the amount of $4,000 for basic living expenses in Germany and a $1,200 travel allowance or travel voucher to cover my international and domestic program for the 9-week fellowship. Otherwise, if I opt for a shorter fellowship, I will receive a stipend proportional to the fellowship length.
In Germany, the traditional fellowship starts with intensive, two-week-long language training at Goethe Institutes in fellows’ host cities. Expenses will be covered and details will be made available after fellows have been selected.
Because the purpose of the program is to enhance understanding between journalists in the United States and Germany, all travel, personal and professional, undertaken during the fellowship time frame is restricted to Germany unless approval has been granted in advance by program administrators. I agree to state my qualifications accurately in the application process, particularly in regard to proficiency in the German language.
I HAVE READ AND AGREED TO ADHERE TO THE ABOVE GUIDELINES IF I AM SELECTED FOR THE ARTHUR F. BURNS FELLOWSHIP.