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Sylke Tempel Fellowships: Call for Applications


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In memory of Dr Sylke Tempel (1963-2017), the Board of Trustees of the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation set up the Sylke Tempel Fellowship Program in 2018.

Under the patronage of Sigmar Gabriel, former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke, the foundation awards fellowships to young journalists working on foreign and socio-political issues that will continue to be relevant in Israel and Germany in the future.

The projects are discussed with experts in closed workshops, presented at public conferences and published.

The second year (2020) will focus on the topic “Israel and Germany in the Year of the US Presidential Election: National Narratives, Identities, and Foreign Policy.” Cooperation partners include the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the European Leadership Network (ELNET), the foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik (the German-language sister publication of Berlin Policy Journal; Sylke Tempel was editor-in-chief of both), and Women in International Security (WIIS).

Call for Applications

This call for applications is aimed particularly at young media professionals in Germany and Israel.

Journalists, bloggers, podcasters, and other media creatives who deal with the relations between Germany, Israel, and the United States of America are invited to apply.

The fellows are required to submit an article or other media creation by August 30, 2020, which will be published in a special edition of foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik, in the end of the year. They may independently choose where they want to work. In May 2020, they will be invited to attend expert meetings and a workshop in Israel in order to discuss their projects. In the end of 2020, they will have the opportunity to present their projects at a public conference in Berlin.

Up to twelve fellowships will be awarded with a grant of €3,000. In addition, travel and accommodation costs for the workshop and the two-day conference will be covered.

In order to apply, please provide the following documents:

– Your curriculum vitae

– Sylke Tempel was a passionate reader. In her memory, we are interested to know which literary work you recommend we read, and why.

– A motivation letter

– An outline of the planned project (please refer to the focus topic detailed below on no more than three pages)

Please send us your application documents in German or English by February 29, 2020, by e-mail in one file to: fellowship@dizf.de

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Teresa Schaefer: schaefer@dizf.de

Please apply with a project related to the following topical umbrella:

“National Narratives, Identities, and Foreign Policy”

How do the United States’, Israel’s, and Germany’s national narratives, their self-told historical stories and perception of self, impact their foreign policy and relations to one another? How and why do supposedly fixed identities change over time? Are they reflected in election campaigns? If so, how are they expressed specifically in Israel, Germany, and the US? How do national narratives and perceptions of each other shape bilateral and trilateral relations?