The Herbert Quandt Foundation seeks to promote a better understanding between Israelis, Christians and Muslims. The “Trialogue of Cultures” field of the Herbert Quandt Foundation (established in 1996) states that the three monotheistic world religions have the potential to understand each other.
Video about German fellows in Israel
Young German journalists in Israel
Thus, ‘trialogue’ stands for an intercultural discourse between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The trialogue is indeed an intercultural discourse that cherishes difference in identity and seeks to promote a peaceful coexistence of the different identity-holders.
Video about Israeli and Palestinian fellows in Germany
Young Israeli and Palestinian journalists in Germany
In order to promote this intercultural discourse the Trialogue of Cultures carries out projects in two focal areas: in the field of education and in the field of journalism. The media play an important role not only in bridging different cultures, but also in promoting education through quality journalism. Therefore, by offering scholarships to young journalists from Israel, Palestine and Germany at the start of their careers the Herbert Quandt Foundation seeks to promote the development of quality journalism.
It is important for young journalists to spend six months in Germany or the Middle East and be in contact with each other and learn how to report in a differentiated way over religious, cultural and political issues. It is equally important for the Herbert Quandt Foundation that young professionals from Israel and Palestine meet up on a neutral territory - Germany, and get to discourse with each other, which is the first step to contributing to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Middle East.
Concurrently, six young journalists from Israel and the Palestinian territories have the opportunity to get acquainted with the German language, history, politics and culture during a three-month language course at Bayreuth University. This is followed by a three-month internship at a German media enterprise (Deutsche Welle, ZDF, Frankfurter Rundschau, DIE WELT, Juedische Allgemeine, Deutschland-Magazin etc.).
The Israeli/ Palestinian scholarship is offered in cooperation with the Koteret School of Journalism and Communication in Tel Aviv, the Ilam Center for Arab Palestinians in Nazareth, University of Bethlehem, as well as the German Representative office in Ramallah. The scholarship for Germans in Israel and Palestine is offered in cooperation with the Axel Springer Academy, the Henri-Nannen-School, the German Journalism School and the Electronic Media School. The application deadline for Israeli and Palestinians is 15th of January and for Germans – 31st of March. A personal application is not accepted – the candidates need to be selected by the respective partners in Germany, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The scholarship is approxiamtely €10,000 and covers a return ticket, student fees, rent, health insurance and a monthly stipend.
The Trialogue scholarships enable four German journalists to spend one semester at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to learn Hebrew and get to know the Israeli history, culture and political situation in the Middle East. This includes a two-month internship at the offices of one of our partners in the region (ZDF, RTL, dpa, PNN, Jerusalem Post, etc.).
Participants and alumni keep in touch in a facebook group.