Apply today for RTDNF's popular German/American exchange

September 1, 2017 11:00

Foreign travel, overseas news coverage, and eye-opening experience awaits with the RTDNF program in Europe. Working radio, television, and online journalists are eligible to apply for this two week program in Germany and Belgium. The 2017 summer program runs from June 11-22, with the possibility of a one-week extension for additional reporting. The application deadline is February 1.

Since 1993 the RIAS-sponsored journalist exchange in Germany has been a two week program for broadcast journalists who work in radio, television, or online. The program starts in Berlin with visits and meetings across this historic city, and moves to former East German cities such as Leipzig, Potsdam or Dresden to see changes that have transpired since unification.

The program itinerary always includes a stop in Brussels, home to both NATO and the European Union, where there are programs detailing the roles for each organization. The program often concludes with a day or two in another major German city.

Program applicants must be full time broadcast journalists, either staff or freelance hires. While knowledge and familiarity of German is preferred, it is not a requirement. We ask that applicants have a minimum of three years of continued professional journalism experience prior to applying for the program.

RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION offers a limited number of program places in the summer to journalism school graduates in broadcasting (M.A. recipients or outstanding B.A. recipients with prior working experience). Program applicants may apply for an extension in Germany of up to one week to cover stories, pursue individual research projects, or intern in a division of a German radio or television station. This request must be made at the time of the initial application.

The RIAS exchange is a comprehensive fellowship, providing participants with round-trip air travel from their home market to Germany, ground and air travel in and across Germany, and hotel accommodations during the program. Many meals are also provided during the program. Participants seeking extensions also receive travel and accommodation coverage.

For complete details, including the program brochure and the application form, please visit our RIAS/German-American Exchange program page. Email with specific questions. Apply by emailing your application materials to both and Erik Kirschbaum at


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