Go on the journey of your life
Are you young and curious about life? Do you want to discover the world in your own way? Do you have clear travel ideas, but not enough cash? Then you’re in the same boat as many of our scholarship holders, whose wishes we have helped fulfil. Because no matter who you are or what drives you, our foundation will help you plan your at least 4 week long research trip.
Every year we award approximately 60 new scholarships to young people so that they can gain new impressions and deepen their interests and talents outside of the mainstream. Where you want to go and what you want to research is up to you!
Start the journey of your life!
New chairman of the board at zis
New journeys began in 2022 - also in the ranks of the zis Foundation.
In a festive handover of the baton at the 2022 March Meeting, Rüdiger von Fritsch took over the chairmanship of the board from long-time chairman Dr Bernhard Bueb.
First of all, the zis board members expressed their deep-felt gratitude for Dr Bernhard Bueb's long-standing commitment. He had presided over the zis Foundation since 2005 and was been instrumental in its establishment. He showed his deep commitment to zis not only through mediating between different committees of the organization, and curiosity towards the scholarship holders, but also through very successful fundraising. The zis committees presented Dr Bernhard Bueb with a certificate typical of zis to thank him for his decades of commitment and to appoint him as honorary chairman.
The new Chair Rüdiger von Fritsch himself looks back on two successful zis journeys: in 1972 he received the Jean Walter Award for his trip to Cyprus, and in 1974 and 1975 he explored New Zealand on a second project. Subsequently, von Fritsch remained loyal to the zis Foundation as a jury member and was involved in the founding of the first association that sponsored zis. Von Fritsch contributed his zis experience in intercultural and international communication to his profession in the Foreign Service, including his time as the German Ambassador to Poland and to Russia. We are very pleased and consider it zis-luck to welcome Rüdiger von Fritsch as Chairman of the Board.
zis - in a nutshell
This is what our zis travellers are saying
„So after about 40 hours on the coach I’ve arrived back in the home pastures. I’m acutely sleep deprived – but I’ve gained all the more experiences for it! I had an amazing trip and got to know the country from so many different sides.”
Moritz von Hirschhausen, 2016, Topic "The Relationship between Europe and the UK after the Brexit Referendum"
In my everyday life, I rarely grant myself so much time and attention as I could on my zis journey to think beyond my own good life and all the pretty facades. In my opinion, that’s the great opportunity that zis offers us young people…
Emilia Henkel, zis journey 2016, Topic "Perceptions of and Relations to Bangladesh in the British-Bangladeshi Diaspora”
Looking back, it’s hard to believe how much I learned on my journey about people, myself, travelling and the world. The leap into the cold water of the unknown and the foreign has been more than worthwhile for me. I can only recommend it to everyone…
Lorenz Böttcher, 2016 Topic "100 years of Irish division - where does the conflict in Northern Ireland stand on the anniversary of the Easter Rising?"
I had unique and intense encounters and important life experiences. Borders and obstacles were overcome through active intercultural communication (sometimes with hands and feet!) In their place, I learned tolerance, self-confidence and self-awareness. And last but not least, I developed a never-ending and growing curiosity about our world...
Janine Koppelmann, 1997, topic "Bullfighting and Flamenco in Spain“
A zis journey is like climbing a secured high-ropes course: it looks dangerous, you have to be careful and work hard to overcome your fear of heights, but you'll have a lot of fun doing it! And for emergencies, you still have the safety nets to catch you. Luckily, I didn’t need them…
Naomi Nordblom, 2009, topic "On the other side - the banques alimentaires in France“
Even though I travelled alone, I almost never was. That might sound a bit absurd, but that’s just the way it was. I only felt a bit lonely on one or two evenings in Sibiu, which seems a bit ridiculous given that the journey was 31-days long…
Vincent Förster, 2009, topic "Cinema in Romania - a revival through the 'new Romanian film?"
So at the end of my journey I arrived somewhere else entirely and unexpectedly close: at my self. The magic of a journey: you travel far away, adopt a new rhythm of life, take unpleasant detours, lean far out of the window, sometimes even too far, only to finally arrive at your self…
Miriam Schmidt, 2013, topic "In the footsteps of a clown through France“