A "Rookie Minister": Canada's new Minister of Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan surprises with his background and views on the transatlantic partnership
By Martin Gropp (Burns 2015)
The 29th Canadian Ministry chaired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unique in many ways. The 30 ministers who were sworn in last November comprise 15 men and 15 women, which makes the ministerial team gender balanced for the first time in the country's history. Most of them are under 50 and thus represent a generational shift in Canada's politics. Finally, the ministers reflect the country's rich cultural diversity.
Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada's Minister of National Defence, is the perfect example of this unique cabinet. He is 45 years old and was born in Punjab, India, in 1970. He emigrated with his parents and older sister to Canada in 1976. He is not only of Indian origin, but also a member of the Sikh religion and wears the traditional turban with which male Sikhs cover their uncut hair. But despite all of this, in the unusual Canadian cabinet, Sajjan is even more special.
Canadian Minister of Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan speaking to guests at the Berlin Dinner
This became clear when Harjit Singh Sajjan gave the keynote address at this year's Arthur F. Burns Alumni Dinner in Berlin on June 1, hosted again by Deutsche Bank at its headquarters at Unter den Linden. Sajjan was introduced by his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, who told the audience that the two already knew each other from meetings of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). "He is a special member," said von der Leyen, referring to her other NATO colleagues. Sajjan's career "is unique and exciting," she said. Sajjan is a former soldier and police officer who served his country in Bosnia and three tours in Afghanistan where he was wounded. Von der Leyen praised Sajjan's dedication to his country and "to our common cause."
Sajjan admitted that he is still a "rookie minister." "I have a lot to learn," he added. He lauded Germany as "one of my favorite places to visit" due to the hospitality of the German people and the multiculturalism one can experience there. He also remembered his "decompression" in the country after being wounded in Afghanistan. "We shed blood together, because we had a shared commitment for a reason: peace and international community."
Concerning the transatlantic relationship, the Minister of Defence declared that it is a critical relationship and the focus should be on strengthening it. "No country can do everything alone," Sajjan said. In his opinion, NATO should play an important role in the future since it stands for "unique values and principles," in particular "liberty, democracy and human rights." But he feels that the transatlantic partnership is under pressure, due to radicalization, international terrorism and the activities of the Russian Federation.
"But the most pressing issue right now is the instability in the Middle East," said Sajjan. Later asked how he would fix the war in Syria and alleviate the connected refugee crisis in Europe, he admitted that it is a very complex challenge. "We need to understand conflict better and look at all of its aspects," he responded. But in the case of Syria, "dialogue is the best option." He emphasized, "If we do not come up with a solution for Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will still have a base and more refugees will leave the country." A greater understanding "is the key to our future," he said.
Sajjan also emphasized the role of journalists in current conflicts and in general. "You are building a new generation of foreign correspondents, you are broadening horizons," he said to the audience, referring especially to the new class of fellows. On behalf of the Canadian people, he thanked all journalists who have risked and lost their lives in conflict. "A free press is part of what makes democracy strong," he said. "The public has the right to know what happens in our name."
At the end of his speech, an audience member posed two questions to the Canadian Minister. First he wanted to know from Sajjan as a participant in the war, whether the Western engagement in Afghanistan was a success or a failure. Secondly, he was curious what the Minister thinks of Donald Trump running for president of the United States. "The first question is easier to answer," said Sajjan and the audience laughed. "The Western engagement in Afghanistan is a success, but the evolution in the country is not over yet. There is still work to do," the Minister said.
|From left: Christian Sewing, chairman of the IJP board of trustees and board member of Deutsche Bank, Minister Sajjan and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, Frank-Dieter Freiling, Canadian Embassy representative Jennifer May, and Canadian MP James Bezan, shadow Minister of Defence|
Regarding Trump, Harjit Singh Sajjan proved that he has already arrived in his new role -- despite saying he was a rookie minister. When it comes to the political aspect of Trump's candidacy, he said, "the United States is a democracy, and this is what democracies are about."
Nevertheless, he expressed a very diplomatic evaluation: "Language not well thought can hinder work to been done."
Martin Gropp is a staff reporter with the German national daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He writes about the Internet economy and is a producing editor for the business and economics sections. He spent his 2015 Burns Fellowship at CNET in San Francisco.
|Canadian MP James Bezan, Ministers von der Leyen and Sajjan, and U.S. Burns Trustee and former Ambassador J. D. Bindenagel|
|Class of 2015 reunion at the Berlin Dinner|
2015 Arthur F. Burns Awards
The 2015 Arthur F. Burns Awards were presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Berlin Alumni Dinner on June 1. The awards recognize German and American or Canadian Burns alumni for an outstanding journalistic piece on the political, economic or cultural situation in the respective partner country or on the transatlantic relationship.
The 2,000 Euro prize for the best German contribution was awarded to Marie-Astrid Langer, the foreign editor at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, for her article, "Amerika sperrt seine Kinder weg [America Incarcerates Her Children]," published on Dec. 18, 2015. The jury reflected on whether Americans are really like former Europeans, who just drive larger cars and own larger refrigerators. But Langer's article reveals that Europeans observing the United States are not looking in a mirror. She lays out what makes the United States the way it is, but without condescension, judgement or indictment, and she steers clear of anti-American sentiment. She presents the facts, leaving readers to form their own opinion. Langer makes the reader reflect on a system of law without the death penalty, without life-long "life" sentences, and makes one ponder issues of guilt, repentance, punishment, justice and eternity. The subtext of Langer's article is the ancient human question of whether a society should follow the old testament of an eye for an eye, or the new testament's message of forgiveness.
The jury gave an honorable mention to Antje Windmann, an editor at Der Spiegel, for her report titled "Der amerikanische Albtraum [The American Nightmare]," which she wrote with Clemens Höges. The article appeared in the magazine edition 15/15.
The jury decided not to award a North American contribution this year.
George F. Kennan Commentary Award
This annual award is presented by the board of trustees of the Internationale Journalisten-Programme and is given to a journalist who published a remarkable commentary related to the transatlantic relationship or the United States in a German publication last year. The winner receives a certificate and a 2,000 Euro prize.
This year, the Kennan Award went to longtime correspondent of the Süddeutsche Zeitung Nicolas Richter for his commentary "Trumps Ernte [Trump's Harvest]," published on Sept. 10, 2015. In his article, Richter provides an urgent early warning of the populist force and power of persuasion of Donald Trump. He analyzed the degree of destruction to the Republican Party and how a person like Trump can be the mouthpiece for many Americans to vent their anger. He argues that Trump, who is basically an apolitical businessman, capitalized on the nihilistic tendency of this voter bloc and began an uprising of these angry citizens. Richter sets the tone for many subsequent analyses of this surprising political phenomenon in the United States. Clear in his language and precise in his reasoning, Richter has analyzed the political and societal changes in the United States through many articles that he has written in his final year as the Washington correspondent for the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The jury for both awards is composed of trustees, former award winners and journalists: Dr. Christoph von Marschall (Tagesspiegel), Claus Strunz (Axel Springer), Stefan Kornelius (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Michael Bröcker (Rheinische Post), Elisabeth Niejahr (Die Zeit) and Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).
|Kennan Award winner Nicolas Richter and Burns Award winner Marie-Astrid Langer with U.S. Ambassador and Burns Patron John B. Emerson|
|Photo credit: Julia Mueller|
After more than ten years as editor-in-chief of the news show radioWelt at Bayern 2, Stefan Maier was promoted to head of programs of Bayern 2, one of the main radio programs of Germany's public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich.
Maren Niemeyer recently married her Goethe Institut colleague Hans Kohl and will be moving from Munich to Bangkok on July 1 where she will start her new job as director of the local Goethe Institut.
Catherine Girardeau began a new job as an associate producer for American Public Media's Marketplace where she is producing the senior tech correspondent and fill-in host Molly Wood, covering Silicon Valley.
Markus Günther will be returning to Washington, D.C., this summer to work on a book project for the next two to three years. Lenard Krawinkel appointed a successor as CEO of his company zoobe and now works as founder and chairman of the company in Berlin.
With the recent relaunch of Bayerischer Rundfunk television, Karin Kekulé became anchor of the new economics show "Mehr/wert" on Thursdays, and also hosts the environmental show "Unkraut," the only environmental program on German television.
Carter Dougherty is a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, spending four weeks there with additional stops in China and Japan. Michael Sahm is now the director of business development at CO2OL. Previously he worked for the Forest Carbon Group, which became part of CO2OL in 2016. In May, Adrienne Woltersdorf became the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung's Director of the Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia and moved to Singapore to manage the foundation's extensive regional projects on social justice and international trade.
Oliver Becker is finishing his hour-long documentary "The Texas Hunting Trucks," while already starting his next TV documentary on German soldiers who serve as instructors for the Mali Armed Forces working against ISIS and war lords, produced for Hessischer Rundfunk. He also documented the first International Trainers Course on "Sport for Development" in Kamen, Germany, in May.
Photo courtesy of Oliver Becker.
Elina Fuhrman continues writing books and is the founder and chef at Soupelina, a contributing editor at Modern Luxury Media, and a correspondent at Jetsetter. She still lives in Los Angeles. Her blockbuster book on soups (Soup Up Your Life) was published in German by Droemer Knaur.
Stefanie Mahler is in charge of communications at the German Stem Cell Network, part of the Max-Delbrück Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in Berlin.
Hans Nichols has left Berlin and returned to Washington, D.C., where he is starting at NBC in June. Cornelia Stolze's new book Verdacht Demenz: Fehldiagnosen verhindern, Ursachen klaeren - und wieder gesund werden (Verlag Herder) was released this month. This is her third book. Her first, Vergiss Alzheimer! (Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch), was published in 2011 and became a bestseller in Germany. Her second book, Krank durch Medikamente: Wenn Antibiotika depressiv, Schlafmittel dement und Blutdrucksenker impotent machen (Verlag Piper), was released in 2014.
Waltraud Kaserer left politics and became head of corporate communications and investor relations for the Vienna-based Lenzing AG in January.
Brendan McGarry was promoted to managing editor of Military.com. In 2014, Andrew Wallmeyer became the publisher of MinnPost, a nonprofit news website that covers public policy issues in Minnesota. In October 2016, he will become CEO, taking over leadership of the organization from its founders.
After finishing a five-year term as Radio Bremen's political
correspondent at the ARD-Hauptstadtstudio Berlin, Robert Kiendl recently became managing editor of "Bremen Eins," Radio Bremen's market-leading AC station.Curt Nickisch is now senior editor at Harvard Business Review. He was previously business and technology reporter at Boston's NPR station WBUR-FM.
Holger Fritsche started a new job as head of development at Seapoint Productions in Cologne. Steffen Schwarzkopf, previously the editor-at-large at TV channel N24, became their Washington bureau chief in May.
Damaso Reyes' story about Afro-Germans, based on his Holbrooke Grant reporting, was published on The Root in April.
Susanne Amann co-heads the "Mitarbeiter KG" of the weekly Der Spiegel, the representation of the biggest shareholder group at the magazine, while still working as deputy head of the economics department. Mario Kaiser is part of the nonfiction residency class at the Carey Institute for the first half of this year, working on his in-depth story on Israeli soldiers who question their mission in occupied Palestinian territories. He was also recently awarded the Grand Prize for Best Travel Writing for his story "Love and Lies in Iran." The story was published by Narratively and will be included in the forthcoming book The Best Travel Writing.
Moises Mendoza finished his master's degree in public policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His thesis was titled "An analysis of U.S. ambassadorial appointments: career vs. political." Gregor Waschinski has returned to Berlin after five years as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse in Washington, D.C. Since April, he has been working as AFP's correspondent for German politics, based in Berlin. His focus is on the Social Democratic Party as well as security/intelligence issues.
Klaus Werle left Manager Magazin, a monthly business magazine, to work for C3 Communications. Paul Ronzheimer received the bronze Axel Springer Preis in the category of Creative Visualization for his live podcast "A Flight from Hell" on bild.de, which followed Syrian refugees all the way to Germany on Periscope.
Rieke Havertz, previously head of online news at the daily Tageszeitung, became editor-at-large at Zeit Online, the Hamburg-based weekly newspaper, in May.
Max Holscher will travel to the United States this summer as a McCloy Fellow, mostly covering the presidential elections for his daily newspaper in Kassel.
After 16 years of "wild marriage" (as it is called in Germany), Lisa Nienhaus and her long-time partner Christian were married in Frankfurt on May 30. Lisa wrote, "Our two children brought the rings. It was great. And all names stayed as they were." Lisa is also starting a new job on July 1 -- she will become deputy senior editor (stellvertretende Ressortleiterin) for business and economics at the German weekly Die Zeit in Hamburg. She is looking forward to working with all the great Burns alumni at Die Zeit and is sure that she and her family will love Hamburg.
IJP co-founder Wolfram Schweizer, former anchor at n-tv and editor-in-chief of TV Berlin, died of heart failure at age 53 in early June in Berlin.
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship News is published three times a year by the International Center for Journalists.
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Named in honor of the late former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and former Federal Reserve Board chairman, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program fosters greater understanding of transatlantic relations among future leaders of the news media.
The Burns program was established in 1988 in Germany by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (formerly the Initiative Jugendpresse) and was originally designed for young German journalists. In 1990, the fellowship expanded to include American journalists, making it a true exchange. In 2013, it expanded to include Canadian journalists.
Each year 20 outstanding journalists from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries. The program offers young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as "foreign correspondents" for their hometown news organizations.
Fellows work as part-time staff members at host newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations. In addition to covering local news, fellows report on events for their employers back home, while learning more about their host country and its media.
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Summer is approaching and the new class of Burns Fellows has been selected and nearly all placed, and will soon start their fellowships on both sides of the Atlantic. All eyes are of course on the U.S. presidential campaign -- ensuring lots of coverage from all the fellows, since advice and analysis from both sides will be in high demand in the media this summer.
Canada is growing into an integral part of the Burns Fellowship, with new trustees representing the country and its media joining the North American board of trustees. The Canadian Ministers of Trade and National Defence were the guests of honor at the Burns Alumni Dinners this winter in New York and on June 1 in Berlin respectively (please read about the Berlin Dinner in this newsletter). We are in the process of signing a long-term agreement with the prestigious Massey College in Toronto, one of the leading postgraduate colleges in Canada and home to numerous media awards and fellowships, to be our partner in recruiting and selecting fellows from Canada. There are also several other prominent additions to both the North American and German boards of trustees, who help us ensure the future and financing of this program, approaching its 30th year.
Please look out for the new fellows coming to your hometown soon and enjoy a happy summer! Hopefully we will see you at the many local events that our regional alumni chapters in six cities in the U.S. and also in Germany are planning for the second half of the year.
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July 21, 2016
German Ambassador's Residence
July 19 - Sept. 30, 2016
(Host media in parentheses)
Ms. Mareike Aden, Freelance Journalist, NDR/ARD TV, Hamburg
(WLRN-Miami Herald News, Miami, FL)
Ms. Karoline Beisel, Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
(The Oregonian, Portland, OR)
Mr. Florian Danner, Moderator, ProSiebenSat1/Puls 4, Eichgraben
Ms. Alina Fichter, Editor, Bayerischer Rundfunk TV, Munich
(ProPublica, New York, NY)
Ms. Dana Heide, Correspondent, Handelsblatt, Berlin
(The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco, CA)
Ms. Lena Kampf, Editor, Rechercheverbund SZ/NDR/WDR, Berlin
(The Miami Herald, Miami, FL)
Mr. Timo Lokoschat, Vice Editor-in-Chief, Abendzeitung, Munich
(The Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX)
Ms. Yvonne Müther, Editor, WDR, Köln
(NPR, Washington, D.C.)
Ms. Mareike Nieberding, Freelance Journalist, Zeit/Neon/Monopol, Berlin
(Vox, New York, NY)
Mr. Fabian Reinbold, Editor, Spiegel Online, Berlin
(The Denver Post, Denver, CO)
Mr. Daniel Stahl, Editor, Heilbronner Stimme, Öhringen
(Discourse Media, Vancouver, BC)
Members of the German Burns class of 2016
(Host media in parentheses)
Ms. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi, Production Assistant, NPR News, Washington, D.C.
(Spiegel Online, Berlin)
Ms. Melanie deKlerk, Assignment Editor, Global National, West Vancouver, BC
(Deutsche Welle TV, Berlin)
Ms. Meredith Hoffman, Freelance Journalist, VICE, Austin, TX
Mr. Steven Norton, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn, NY
(Handelsblatt Askanischer, Berlin)
Mr. Dylan Robertson, Freelance Journalist, VICE/Calgary Herald, Ottawa, ON
(Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Köln)
Mr. Everett Rosenfeld, Staff Writer, CNBC, New York, NY
(Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Berlin)
Ms. Elizabeth Schulze, Economics Producer, CNBC, New York, NY
(Dow Jones, Frankfurt/Main)
Ms. Felicia Schwartz, Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Washington, D.C.
(Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin)
Ms. Claire Williams, Business Reporter, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville, AR
(Süddeutsche Zeitung, München)
North American Trustees (2013-2016)
Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States
Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel, Henry Kissinger Professor of Governance and International Security, University of Bonn, Germany
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli,
Co-founder and Managing Partner, North Base Media; Consultant, Graham Holdings Company (Chairman)
Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Burt, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Martin Bussmann, Managing Director, Mannheim Holdings LLC
Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC
David W. Detjen, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP), e.V. (Burns President)
Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, President and CEO, GWFF USA, Inc.
James F. Hoge, Jr.,
Senior Advisor, Teneo Intelligence (Honorary Chairman)
John Honderich, Chair of the Board, Torstar Corporation
Ambassador (ret.) Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale; Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Honorable Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates; Former U.S. Secretary of State
Christian Lange, President and CEO, EII Capital Management Inc.
The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (Honorary Chairman)
The Honorable Richard G. Lugar, President, The Lugar Center; Former United States Senator
Kati Marton, Journalist and Author
Michael Oreskes, Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director, NPR
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Honorable Hugh D. Segal, Master, Massey College; Former Canadian Senator
Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines
Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House
Wayne T. Smith,
Chairman of the Board and CEO, BASF Corporation
Kara Swisher, Co-CEO, Revere Digital; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code; and Co-Executive Producer, The Code Conference
Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)
Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC
Phillip C. Zane, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University
Patron: The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Patron: The Honorable Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Canadian Ambassador to Germany
Sven Afhüppe, Editor-in-Chief, Handelsblatt
Dr. Thomas Bellut,
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bettzuege, Former German Ambassador
Nikolaus Blome, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Bild
Prof. Maria Böhmer,
Member of Parliament, CDU/CSU, State Minister, Foreign Office
Klaus Brinkbäumer, Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel
Michael Bröcker, Editor-in-Chief, Rheinische Post
Tom Buhrow, Director-General, WDR
Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Editor-in-Chief, Der Tagesspiegel
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer
Thomas Ellerbeck, Director, TUI AG
Dr. Wolfgang Fink, Co-CEO, Goldman Sachs SE
Leonhard F. Fischer, Partner, RHJI Swiss Management
Dr. Rüdiger Frohn,
Former State Secretary; Advisory Board, Mercator GmbH Foundation
Chairman, Methodos S.p.A.
Prof. Monika Grütters,
State Minister for Culture and Media
Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Former Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank
Peter Limbourg, Director-General, Deutsche Welle
Gesine Lötzsch, Member of Parliament, Die Linke
Georg Löwisch, Editor-in-Chief, Die Tageszeitung
Rob Meines, Meines & Partner, Den Haag
Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Editor-in-Chief of Digital Media, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Claudia Roth, Vice President of the Bundestag, Member of Parliament, Die Gruenen
Helmut Schäfer, Former State Minister, Foreign Office (Honorary Chairman)
Sabia Schwarzer, Head Group Communications, Allianz SE
Steffen Seibert, Parliamentary State Secretary, Government Spokesperson
Christian Sewing, Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank (Chairman)
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister and Member of Parliament, SPD
Dr. Dominik Wichmann, Editor-in-Chief, DLD
|German Burns Board of Trustees|
The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in North America and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2016 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.
Sponsors in the U.S.
BMW of North America, LLC
EII Capital Management, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
GWFF USA, Inc.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Lufthansa German Airlines
Pew Charitable Trusts
Stanford S. Warshawsky
Sponsors in Germany
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
Goldman, Sachs AG
Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP) and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships are providing a special opportunity for journalists with a passion for research and storytelling around the globe.
The Holbrooke Research Grants offer stipends of up to €4,000 to as many as 10-15 print, broadcast and new media journalists. Grantees will be selected by an advisory board, including professionals and trustees working in journalism.
The grants were renamed to honor Richard Holbrooke and his outstanding service in the field of international relations and specifically the German-American relationship. Holbrooke was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author and investment banker. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994 and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1994-1996. He also helped form the American Academy in Berlin and was its founding chairman. Most recently, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He died in December 2010. These travel and research grants honor his legacy of cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy.
Who: All IJP and Burns alumni are eligible -- both newsroom staffers and freelancers.
What: The grants support ambitious journalism projects including, but not limited to, the global economic crisis. Joint projects between journalists from different countries are encouraged, but individual projects will also be considered. A transatlantic perspective should be part of the project.
When: The deadline is ongoing throughout 2016 until funds are exhausted.
Selection Criteria: When choosing, we consider each candidate's professional accomplishments and potential; his or her individual and organizational commitment; and the potential impact of the proposed journalistic project. For collaborative projects, each applicant should submit a separate application that incorporates the jointly developed project proposal. Click here for details on what to submit.
Requirements: The program will only review completed applications endorsed by a news organization. Stories must be published or broadcast within four months of grant award date. Eighty percent of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining 20 percent to be paid upon publication or broadcast.
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation.