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RIAS Berlin ERP Student Program

Goes By: RIAS

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.

About this Fellowship

Three-week intensive study program for upperclassmen and graduate students on journalism in Germany and the role of broadcast journalism during the Cold War era.

Funded largely by a grant from the German government and organized by the RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) Berlin Commission, up to 15 outstanding journalism or international studies students will be invited to take part in the three-week program in Germany to learn more about journalism in Germany, the role that broadcasters like the Berlin-based RIAS played during the Cold War and the current political landscape of Germany.

Over the three week period in Berlin, with a multiday excursion to at least two other German cities, participants will meet with leading political analysts, journalists, think tank representatives and other experts. They will visit German government institutions, historical sites, and universities,

Program applicants must be outstanding, full-time undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students of journalism, international affairs, political science, history, German or closely related disciplines at universities and colleges in the United States. They should preferably have some experience in journalism – for example at a campus radio or TV station or newspaper. An interest in and knowledge of German or European affairs is very desirable; knowledge of German is preferred but not required. Students who have already gained some professional or volunteer experience in their field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications typically accepted by February 1, but check their website for current information. Leading applicants will be interviewed via Zoom before the final selection of program participants is made in February and March.

Award Value

Round trip air travel to Germany, travel in Germany, and hotel accommodations during the program. Some meals are also provided during the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Junior, Senior, Masters


US Citizen
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: June 25, 2024

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