Climate and Energy Fellowships for Journalists in Europe

Increasing journalistic coverage of climate and energy issues on a European level, thus contributing to an increase in public knowledge and awareness of the matter.


There is a significant lack of cross-border reporting on climate and energy issues in the European media landscape. Coverage is mainly concentrated on political issues, exchange of ideas in the climate and energy sector is therefore often limited to experts. Additionally, not enough bilateral and multilateral networks for journalists in the climate and energy sector exist to ensure the exchange of trustful information.

Journalist Fellows at a conference in Berlin.

Journalist Fellows at a conference in Berlin. Photo: (c) IJP


The project provides annual fellowships for journalists from Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, who are interested in reporting in the field of climate and energy issues and gives them the opportunity to live and work abroad.
Within the project framework, two journalistic organisations – the International Journalists’ Programme (IJP) and the Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) – cooperate to provide participants with a deep and detailed insight into the field of climate and energy.
For six to eight weeks, participants stay in one of the host countries. They get to know the country better, establish contacts to local journalists, and deepen their knowledge on climate and energy issues. The project matches participants with a local media outlet, where they are part of the daily workflow. They also have the opportunity to work on their own journalistic projects and to report about climate and energy issues for media in their home country.
After the exchange, the participants stay in touch with each other through the IJP alumni network, which supports them in building a journalistic expert network.

Project information

Updated: January 2021

Countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Project duration: 09/20 - 01/23

Funding: 982,081 €

Target groups: Journalists

Implementing organisation: IJP – Internationale Journalistenprogramme e.V.

Contact Person:

Ms Susanne Koch

IJP – Internationale Journalistenprogramme e.V.

Postfach 31 07 46
10637 Berlin



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de