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The Job Shadowing Programme enables the employees from organisations of German minorities to spend up to three weeks at a host institution. In so doing, they receive new impulses and insights for their work and gain further professional training. The participants are inspired by the work of the other institution and learn topic-specific best-practice models and working methods. In addition, this funding programme gives associations, organisations and editorial offices of German minorities the opportunity to network with each other across borders.
Funding recipients intern at a host institution in another country for up to three weeks. They receive a one-time allowance for the cost of travel and accommodation. Depending on the applicant's country of origin, the allowance for a three-week internship ranges between 887.50 euros and 1,172.50 euros. In case of a shorter duration, the allowance is reduced accordingly.
Preceding the internship, ifa assists in the selection of a suitable host institution. ifa also oversees the organisational and conceptual support during the participant's internship.
In addition, the Job Shadowing Programme includes a training seminar for all funding recipients as well as a final meeting. Together, experiences are evaluated and reflected upon as to whether or not the goals of the internship were achieved.
Applications are due by 15 March for internships between June and December of the same year.
Organisations of German minority can apply to the programme as host institutions, welcoming a grant participant for up to three weeks. This allows the participant to gain important experience in his or her work field. The programme also enables host organisations to become part of an international network of institutions for German minorities.
The prerequisite for applying as a host institution is that the organisation is an institute for German minorities or an organisation that works closely with the German minority based in Eastern Europe or the CIS countries. In special cases, institutes from Germany can also apply as host organisations.
To apply as a host institution, organisations send an informal e-mail to dmi-stipendien(at)ifa.de. The e-mail must include the name, location, contact details and fields of activity of the organisation as well as possible areas of work for the participant of the programme.
Minorities can mediate between cultures and provide impulses for the coexistence of different population groups – provided that the minorities are socially recognised, have a secure space to assert themselves and have access to appealing programmes. For this reason, they must be well positioned both institutionally and personally. The programmes for German Minorities support German minorities in Eastern Europe and in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in their role as civil society actors and bridge-builders. They thus promote a multifaceted, current and realistic image of Germany, contributing to the process of European integration and cultural relations within Europe and beyond.