Job Shadowing Programme

The Job Shadowing Programme enables the employees from organisations of German minorities to spend four to six 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.

Whom is the programme designed for?

Employees as well as volunteers of an association, organisation or editorial office of German minorities based in the following countries can apply: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and Uzbekistan.

What does the funding include?

Funding recipients intern at a host institution in another country for four to six 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 six-week internship ranges between 1,375 euros and 1,660 euros. 

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 review account and coaching session after the completion of the internship. Together, experiences are evaluated and reflected upon as to whether or not the goals of the internship were achieved. Strategies for further activities for the intern will also be considered and developed.

What are the requirements?

  • The applicant requires specific training for the implementation of a project and/or requires professionalisation and further organisational development.
  • A recommendation from the applicant’s own institution.
  • The applicant possesses a strong command of the German language.
  • The internship takes place between June and December.
  • Proof of practical experience in the planning and implementation of youth, cultural or media projects.

Application in two steps

  1. Download and fill out the Application Form (only available in German).
  2. Email the completed form to dmi-stipendien(at)

Application deadline

Applications are due in spring for internships between June and December of the same year.

Applying as a host institution

Organisations of German minority can apply to the programme as host institutions, welcoming a grant participant for four to six 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.

Documents to download

As soon as the application phase for the year 2020 begins, the necessary documents and links will be made available here.

German Minorities

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.


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