Exchange and Training Grants for Young Media Professionals

Exchange and Training Grants for Young Media Professionals

Exchange and Training Grants for Young Media Professionals

Are you a young media professional eager to gain skills, boost your career, test your ideas, and expand your network? If yes, then apply now for the Stars4Media Exchange and Training Programme.

Stars4Media is an exchange and training programme for young media professionals (“rising stars”) between cooperating media organisations, to accelerate media innovation and cross-border coverage in Europe.

Stars4Media will encourage innovation through skill-building activities between paired media organisations to test ideas, produce contents and develop initiatives around 4 strategic themes.

Participants of this project will be young working media professionals (“rising stars”) with 2-10 years of media experience, coming from different backgrounds (journalists, graphic designers, tech developers, marketing and social media managers), willing to join another European media for 4 to 12 weeks (physical and virtual mobility).


This pilot project call is structured around 2 waves divided in main topics:

Wave A – TRUST in media:

  • Constructive journalism;
  • Fact-checking;
  • your own topic;

    Wave B – DATA for media:

  • Data-journalism;
  • Artificial Intelligence / Language technologies;
  • your own topic;


  • The media outlets behind the proposed initiatives will endorse the project’s terms and conditions;
  • 80% of the eligible costs will be reimbursed. Eligible costs are: traveling, subsistence and training costs incurred during the initiative;
  • A maximum of 6000 euros expenses per person will be eligible to be reimbursed of which 80% is reimbursed by the project and 20% by the media outlet participating;
  • The ratio 80/20% also applies for reimbursing expenses lower than 6000 euros;
  • Priority will be given to initiatives of at least 2 media professionals from 2 different media outlets (this is a “Stars4Media Pair”).
  • Initiatives already indicating a Stars4Media Pair will be given priority and are more likely to be selected;
  • The final selection will also take into account the gender and geographical balance, as well as the variety of professional profiles (to ensure impactful media business innovation, these profiles are: journalists, editors, graphic designers, developers, marketing managers, social media managers);
  • 10% freelance media professionals might be accepted provided they have a VAT number.

    Why should you Participate?

    As a young media professional you will:

  • Work with another European media than your own for 4 to 12 weeks
  • Gain practical skills on quality reporting, data journalism, fact-checking, AI and translation technologies, marketing, and social media
  • Be part of a network of 100 young media professionals in Europe

    How to Apply

    Participants should have a good command of spoken and written English.

    You can submit your Initiative by downloading the form available on the given website.

    For more information and application details, see; Exchange and Training Grants for Young Media Professionals

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