Journalist in Residence Fellowship


Visiting stays for experienced journalists focusing on politics, society, or the economy

Apply now for a stay at the MPIfG in the academic year 2019/2020.
Journalist in Residence (German) [PDF]
The Journalist in Residence Fellowship offers journalists research stays lasting between six weeks and three months.
With the Fellowship, the MPIfG aims to strengthen the transfer of knowledge between the social sciences and society and encourage coverage of sociopolitical issues in the press.
The Journalist in Residence program was started in 2005 and through 2010 was jointly organized by the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the Center for Social Policy Research at the University of Bremen, and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The MPIfG and the WZB have run the program since 2011.

How to apply

  • February 1 – April 30: Application period for stays during the following academic year
  • May: Fellowship recipients are announced
  • October – June: Individually arranged stays occur within this timeframe

Please send your application – by email only – to the address below. Applications should contain a letter of recommendation from the editors-in-chief, a CV, up to five relevant samples of your work, and a project proposal for your stay.
Please send your application to:
Christel Schommertz
Head of the Editorial and Public Relations Unit
+49 221 2767-130


Who can apply

Journalists, including freelancers, working in local or national media who have many years of work experience and regularly cover academic topics or topics in politics, society, or the economy may apply. You should have a strong desire to immerse yourself in in your chosen project in a dialog with the researchers.

Program structure

The MPIfG offers you the opportunity to participate in the daily routine of research in accordance with the Journalist in Residence model. Our offer includes:
  • Working on your own research project
  • The chance to participate in internal academic events
  • A researcher as a mentor
  • An office at the Institute and full use of the library and online literature sources for social scientists
Journalists in Residence gain insight into the academic work of a renowned research institute with researchers and visitors from around the country and the world and actively participate in the life of the Institute. Journalists in Residence should hold an internal colloquium on their topic or on the interface between journalism and research during their stay, be willing to engage with researchers at the Institute, and write a report about their experience after their stay. Journalists in Residence are explicitly not expected to write pieces about the MPIfG’s research activities.

Length of your stay

Six week to three months. The exact length of your stay will be agreed upon on an individual basis.


During your stay, the Max Planck Society will provide you with a fellowship exempt from social security contributions.


Dr. Ursula Trappe
Administrative Director
Phone +49 221 2767-238
Christel Schommertz
Press officer
Phone +49 221 2767-130
(Organization, projects)
Organizational structure, project areas, and management of the MPIfG:
Research projects
Organizational chart

Former Journalists in Residence

"This program can not only help reduce the tension in the interaction between the media and the academic world, but also open new perspectives. These two things are long overdue."
(Sperber, FR)
JiR since 2006

MPIfG - Journalist in Residence Fellowship | [Last updated 2019-02-22]