The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) is accepting applications from experienced science journalists who would like to spend three to six months – either in 2020 or in 2021 – as a “journalist in residence”, with a monthly salary of € 5,000.

Deadline for applications for two positions – one in 2020 and another in 2012 – is 10 September 2019.

The “Journalist in Residence” program is geared towards freelance and staff science journalists with at least five years of experience and a focus on the natural sciences and technology. It is open to all media (print, online, radio, TV), one of its goals is to encourage dialogue between journalists and researchers, thus providing journalists with a better understanding of the way research works and how researchers think. Journalists are not expected to publish anything related to HITS in return. Instead, the program supports free and independent journalism.


Since 2012, there have been seven “Journalists in Residence”– from the U.S., Spain, Germany, and India – many of them utilized their stay for long-term projects. For example, science journalist Volker Stollorz wrote the concept for a German Science Media Center during his stay at HITS. In 2016, the “Science Media Center Germany” was established.