Journalist in Residence Fellowship

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The Journalist in Residence Fellowship enables journalists to work as visiting scholars at the WZB for a period lasting six weeks to three months, during which they may pursue their own research. It opens up an exchange with researchers and invites fellows to participate in internal and public events.

The Journalist in Residence Fellowship was established in 2005. Since then, the WZB has welcomed journalists-in-residence every year and forged long-lasting connections with them.

Target group

Staff reporters and freelance journalists from national and international media outlets who regularly report on scientific subjects or issues in politics, society, and economy.


Six weeks to three months. The length of the residency is arranged on an individual basis.

Stipend amount

We offer a monthly stipend of €3,500 including a fully equipped workstation. All resources in our library are available free of charge.


•  March 1 to May 31: Application period for residencies taking place in the upcoming academic year.

•   June/July: Residencies are awarded.

  from August onwards: Residencies take place on an individually arranged basis.

Applications should be submitted electronically and include: a reference from the applicant’s editor-in-chief or main employer, up to five relevant work samples, a CV, and a sketch of the project to be undertaken as part of the residency.

We kindly ask for applications to be submitted via e-mail within a single pdf file and addressed to Dr. Harald Wilkoszewski, Head of Department, at harald.wilkoszewski [at]


Dr. Harald Wilkoszewski
Head of Communications

Katharina Sperber

Katharina Sperber was one of the first journalists to join the program in 2006. In this article, she takes a look back, reflecting on some of the misunderstanding existing between science and the media.

Read the article (PDF)