Programs for US Broadcast Journalists 

Two-Week Germany Program
each year in June and September

The RIAS Berlin Commission Journalist Program is an intensive two-week long trip to Germany and Brussels for active, mid-career journalists to take some time out from their day jobs to explore journalism in depth and the outside world. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the fellowship.

More than 1,900 American and German broadcast journalists have participated in this unique transatlantic exchange since it was inaugurated in 1994 to keep the spirit of the legendary Cold War-era radio and TV station Radio in American Sector (RIAS) alive after it went off the air at the end of 1993. The fellows from the United States and Germany have been building bridges of understanding — professionally and personally — through the RIAS Berlin Commission alumni network ever since. The alumni have created a vibrant network by hosting visiting German journalists at their stations in the US, attending alumni meetings, and staying connected through the online Fellow directory and our website.

Program applicants must be full-time radio, TV, or online journalists, either staff or freelancers. German language skills not required. We ask that applicants have a minimum of five years of continued professional journalism experience prior to applying for the program. The RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION exchange is a comprehensive fellowship, providing participants with round-trip air travel from their home market to the United States, travel in and across the USA, and hotel accommodations during the program. Some meals are also provided during the program.


The following material should be included in your application package:

1: Completed application form

2: Résumé / CV

3: Letter or recommendation (LOR) from your supervisor

4: One essay (see Application PDF Download Form – Page 2)


Applications can be found at: submit you application by Sunday March 17th at 11:59 p.m. PT.Applicants are apprised of their status within one month of the application deadline.Please send your completed application forms and required materials in one PDF or Word file to

Download 2024 RIAS Application

Download U.S. Call for Applications.


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