The Falling Walls Foundation is offering a journalist fellowship grant to support international media representatives in reporting on the topics of the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023. Selected journalists will be invited to Berlin to meet international speakers and participants at the Falling Walls Science Summit on 7-9 November 2023.

The Falling Walls Foundation calls for applications from journalists outlining their chosen topic relating to the interdisciplinary programme of the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023. Successful applicants will be invited to join an exchange with renowned partner organisations and speakers at the Summit. Reporting can take place before, during or after the Falling Walls Science Summit (7–9 November 2023).
The fellowship grant aims to contribute to the promotion of independent science journalism and to further strengthen the international public perception of Berlin as a location for scientific excellence.

Up to fifteen media representatives will be selected. They will each receive a fellowship grant, which will be awarded as a lump sum and will include accommodation expenses and the Summit ticket for the whole duration of the fellowship (6-10 November 2023).

Applications are open to international and German media representatives with a proven track of journalist record (freelance or staff). Applicants are expected to research and publish on a chosen topic related to the Falling Walls Science Summit. There are no restrictions on specific media areas or the form of publication.

Please send your application documents in one PDF to by 1 September 2023, 23:59 CEST.


  • Cover letter and short exposé/research plan (1 – 1,5 pages) on your preferred topic, including planned publication date and media contact. Please note: the subject of your reporting must be based on one of the Summit topics. See the full list of topics below.
  • Short CV of your journalistic career including journalism grants, awards, etc.
  • Max. three examples of your journalistic work within a field of science

Contact person: Olena Taran, Press Officer Falling Walls Foundation,

A jury of scientists and communications experts will choose and inform the successful candidates by 8 September 2023. There is no legal claim to the fellowship. Applications received after 1 September 2023 will not be considered.

The provided fellowship grant includes accommodation and Summit ticket expenses, excluding any further reimbursement by the Falling Walls Foundation. The Falling Walls Foundation will arrange the accommodation and can act as an inviting party for visa purposes. As travel to Berlin is required, the participants are to take over the travel costs.

Falling Walls Foundation reserves the right to implement officially recommended security measures at short notice in case of an increased pandemic risk.

Falling Walls Science Summit is the leading forum for global science leaders with focus on science breakthroughs. The summit takes place every year in Berlin from 7 – 9 November, the anniversary day of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This holistic approach of international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral discourse is globally unique and attracts leading researchers, CTOs, science strategists, sciences funders, and media worldwide.

This year’s speakers include:
Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Amina Helmi, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Tammy Ma, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ulrike Malmendier, University of California Berkeley
Marco Hutter, ETH Zurich
Fabrice Cotton, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Anupama Kundoo, Anupama Kundoo Architects

The speaker list will be continuously updated online. The full Summit programme will be published online in September 2023.

Please choose up to three topics that you would like to report on:
•    Discovering Earth & Space
•    Art and Science
•    Engineering and Technology
•    Climate Crisis & Sustainability
•    Science and Innovation Management
•    Health & Wellbeing
•    Life Sciences
•    Physical Sciences
•    Science Engagement
•    Sciencepreneurship
•    Social Sciences and Humanities

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