Democracy & Social Policy Fellowship

Democracy & Social Policy Fellowship 2017

This year's fellows for the Democracy & Social Policy Transatlantic Media Fellowship will research stories related to the following questions:


  • Journalism in a hostile media environment: how are journalists and media outlets adapting to hostile political environments and to the challenge of targeted disinformation campaigns or fake news in the US and Europe?


  • Refugee integration: How is refugee integration working in Germany, more than one year after the country opened its borders to more than one million asylum seekers? The Foundation is especially interested in stories investigating the condition of vulnerable populations (women, unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ, the disabled, a potentially growing undocumented population, etc.).


  • Civil society resistance movements: What does the civil society resistance to the new US administration look like, particularly outside major cities? Similarly, what does civil resistance in Europe look like, particularly in countries experiencing right-wing and authoritarian movements like Poland, Hungary or Turkey?

About the Democracy & Social Policy Fellowship

HBF’s work on Democracy and Social Policy explores the challenges to US and European democracies: how do developments such as the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe, loss of trust in political institutions, the growing appeal of anti-immigrant rhetoric, a global refugee crisis, rapid digitalization, shrinking civil society spaces and increasingly hostile media environments impact our societies and test the strength of our democracies? Journalists interested in applying for this category of the Transatlantic Media Fellowships should aim to contribute to a nuanced transatlantic policy dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for Western democracies.

2017 Fellows


The Future of Incirlik Air Base

Transatlantic Media Fellowships

A report by Transatlantic Media Fellow Joseph Hammond for RealClear Defense explores the effects of US-Turkey tensions surrounding  Incirklik  Air Base, Turkey.

By Joseph Hammond

Life After Coal

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

In "Germany’s Appalachia," the last coal mine is closing. Can renewable energy and technology replace a quietly disappearing industry?

By Amelia Urry

Living with the Flood

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Flooded streets, drifting cars: That’s normalcy for the citizens of Norfolk. The city wants to better protect its residents. But they don't always cooperate.

By Alexandra Endres