Grants & Opportunities

Upcoming deadlines for global grant applications and other opportunities

This selection is aimed at media workers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. More information can be found by following the links under each summary.

All opportunities are in chronological order.

Good luck!

Remember to check out our annual Travel Bursary scheme.

Oxfam FNPI journalism grant on issues of inequality

Deadline: 26 April 2017

The Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI) and Oxfam join forces to establish a journalistic scholarship to cover issues of inequality in Latin America and Spain. This program allows journalists from the Ibero-American region to have the opportunity to participate and publicize their work, as well as to encourage them to continue their interest in issues of inequality, since they are a fundamental axis of both institutions and part of a joint program since the year 2013.

In 2017 the main theme of the Fellowship will be gender inequality.

Deadline for applications is 13:00 on the 26 April. Full details win eligibility and the application process can be found via the link below.

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[Text from Oxfam FNPI]

Edinburgh International Television Festival: The Network

Deadline: 28 April 2017

The Network is a FREE intensive introduction to working in the TV industry. Earn one of the 60 places on The Network and you’ll spend 4 days learning practical TV making skills from top programme makers, giving you a taster of what it’s really like to work in television. You don’t need to have had any experience of working in television BUT you will have to demonstrate that you LOVE TV.

The Network takes place in Edinburgh between 22 – 25 August 2017.

No prior TV experience is required to apply.

More Information & Application European Cross-border Grant Programme

Deadlines: 1 May 2017

Through its European Cross-border Grant Programme, supports professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border research and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant for European target groups.

The proposals should be such that they, in principle, can not be realised in this format within the remit of regular journalism; e.g. including cross-border research, networking between colleagues, established and innovative investigative methods and being at the same time original, innovative and intensive.

The Cross-Border Project supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. It does not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs.

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Open Call for Proposals: Data Journalism and Property Rights Grants

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking applications for data-driven journalism projects related to land rights and property rights.

The Centre is seeking proposals “that use open data to reveal new perspectives on property rights issues related to land tenure, indigenous land rights, transparency in land transactions and concessions, resource rights, or overlapping land use rights—just to name a few. ”

Pulitzer is specifically looking for applicants who make the most of a range of contemporary journalistic tools, including satellite imagery, drones, data visualisations and so on. Experimentation is encouraged and applicants are expected to use open data from a wide range of sources to reveal new stories and under-reported issues related to land tenure and property rights.

Three grants for a total of $75,000 are available. For full details and eligibility, follow the link below.

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Journalism for Future Challenges

Deadline: 1 May 2017

Early-career journalists aged 20 to 35 from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine can apply for this program in Riga, Latvia,  organized by SSE Riga Centre for Media Studies in cooperation with the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

The training program welcomes participants who are looking to improve their investigative reporting skills, knowledge of international law and politics and expand their professional network.

This intensive training program is taught by experienced reporters, editors and other experts who have been working in investigative journalism.

Applicants must be fluent in English. For more information on the programme and its requirements, head to the link below.

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Fellowships To Attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference

Deadline: 15 May 2017

Held every two years the Global Investigative Journalism Conference brings together investigative and data journalists from across the world. This year’s event will take place on the 16-19 November in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event will be co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme.`

“GIJC17 incorporates this year’s African Investigative Journalism Conference and will feature more than 120 exciting panels, workshops, and networking sessions, ranging from cross-border collaboration and corruption to advanced data analysis. Here’s a chance to learn from the best in the field and enhance your skills with the latest tips and tools.”

This fellowship to attend is especially aimed at young promising journalists from “developing and transitioning countries”. The GIJN will be offering between 40 and 60 fellowships to African journalists, and nearly 100 more for journalists elsewhere.

Click on the link below to find out about the application process and eligibility.

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Editorial Grant

Deadline: 15 May 2017

This grant supports independent and freelance photojournalists worldwide by offering them the creative freedom and editorial support needed to pursue work that is personally important to them, which they might not otherwise achieve as part of an organisation or due to limited resources.

Five grants of up to $10,000 are available, with the winners announced at an event in September. For full application criteria and requirements, follow the link below.

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Global Shining Light Award

Deadline: 15 May 2017

The award honours investigative journalism carried out in developing or transitioning countries and done in spite of hard conditions, such as threat, arrest, violence and/or imprisonment.

The winner will receive a prize of US$2,000 and a trip to the 2017 Global Investigative Journalism Conference to accept the award. The prize can be awarded to a single journalist, journalism team, or media outlet.

For full application criteria and requirements, follow the link below.

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Reporting Grants for Women’s stories 2017

Deadline: 16 May 2017

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is funding a series of opportunities for women journalists to report about women. These grants will fund reporting of overlooked or untold issues that have an impact on girls and women’s daily lives around the world.

Grants will average US$5,000 and will cover reporting-related costs, such as travel, visa fees, and payment for translators. Applications are accepted twice a year.

For full eligibility criteria and requirements, follow the link below.

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Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists

Deadlines: 17 May – 20 June 2017

This fund from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. With an annual fund of $230,000 in grants, it aims to support women journalists in these projects and endeavors.

Successful applicants will be supported by the fund to “Expose under-reported but critical global issues, undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives, develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers, pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities and launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so”.

Applicants should identify as a woman and be a full time professional practicing journalist with more than 3 years of post-graduate journalism experience. Teams of journalists may apply. For full details and conditions, follow the link below.

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SAJA Internship Fund 2017

Deadline: 20 May 2017

This internship is aimed at journalism students who have secured low-paid or unpaid internships for the summer of 2017. $4000 is available for two students, receiving up to $2000 each.

Eligible applicants must be current undergraduates or graduate level students in North America who have secured an internship with a news organisation in North America. Applicants must be of South Asian descent or demonstrate an interest in the region or its diaspora.

More details about the find and the application process can be found via the link below.

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Contest: Reportaje RFI en Español

Deadline: 21 May 

The “RFI Report in Spanish” award is aimed at students under the age at 30 who reside in Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s aim is to encourage radio production at journalism schools throughout the region by offering winning contributors the chance to take part in a fully funded four-week internship in Paris this summer.

Candidates must be recommended by a faculty of journalism and send an audio report of no more than 20minutes. A jury of RFI journalists will judge the entries.

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UNAOC Fellowship Program

Deadline: 21 May 

The United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) Fellowship Programme is now welcoming candidates applications from Europe and North America (EUNA) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The theme of this year’s fellowship is “The role of civil society and the media in combatting hatred and fostering inclusion”.

Applicants have to demonstrate a keen interest and professional achievements in the fields of media and/or civil society and must be recommended by a faculty of journalism.

For more information, eligibility criteria and application instructions, visit the website below.

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News Impact Series

Rome: 23-24 May | Hamburg: 29-30 June | Budapest: 19-20 September | Manchester: 2-3 November | Brussels: 4-5 December

The News Impact Series are “free-to-attend media innovation events, organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Lab that bring together international media experts with local news communities to focus on how new technology, tools and methods are changing the way journalists work in the newsroom”.

Each summit includes a one-day Academy session which offers participants the opportunity to learn techniques for defining new revenue models, building digital products and creating sustainable business initiatives as well as develop leadership skills. The full list of benefits for participants and organisations can be found via the News Impact Series website.

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The Practitioner Residency

Deadline: 1 June 2017 | 1 August 2017 | 28 September 2017

The Practitioner Residency targets senior-level journalists, policymakers, nonprofit leaders and more, with at least 10 or more years of leadership experience across different areas.

The Residency has an strong interest in proposals that align with the Rockefeller Foundation’s work and aims, in particular with reference to the core issue areas of health, ecosystems, livelihoods and cities transformation.

For more information about the application and its criteria, visit the link below.

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Success with social media

Deadline: 8 June 2017 | 29 September 2017

“Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or other social media networks, if you want to stand out among the flood of information, you need to have the right approach.”

The digital age offers a much more level playing field with regards to who can publish – there is much more competition to stand out from the crowd! Social media also allows news organisations and other media outlets to target their audience or a particular audience much more directly, therefore it is essential that both journalists and those in marketing and advertising are exposed to training that allows them to remain credible in the digital age.

This course from DW Akademie offers training in the skills necessary to develop a long-term social media strategy. It will demonstrate social media tools and approaches that can help you reach your goals as well as discuss when it’s better to keep a low profile as well as the tools to avoid.

This workshop will take place in Bonn, Germany and will be conducted in German. English and other languages are on offer but require direct contact with the organisers. More information on this and other application criteria can be found via the link below.

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The John Alexander Project: Above the Fray

Deadline: 1 July 2017

Above the Fray, a fellowship in conjunction with NPR, is the keynote program of THE JOHN ALEXANDER PROJECT.

The Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising radio journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. One fellow will be selected each year based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.

Applicants should have 3-5 years of professional experience. Above all, the applicant must express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.

[Text sourced from The John Alexander Project]

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Travel and discretionary grants for journalists

Deadline: 3 July 

This annual grant from the Asia New Zealand Foundation offers New Zealand journalists the chance to travel to Asia to research and prepare stories.

“These grants support independent and self-managed travel to the region by New Zealand journalists. The Asia New Zealand Foundation does not make travel arrangements and cannot sponsor visas. The Asia New Zealand Foundation offers two types of grants to journalists: travel grants and discretionary grants.”

For more information and eligibility, follow the link below.

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Next Journalism Prize

Deadline: 17 July 

Media entrepreneurs across Europe with innovative projects on transforming journalism can apply for this award, organized by the Centre de Formation des Journalistes and Ecole W in Paris (CFJ) and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in the USA.

The contest will evaluate the projects on their quality, feasibility originality and innovation in the fields of dissemination, the creation of content, audience engagement, technology and more. Participants will have to pitch their ideas to experts journalists and media experts.

For more information about the programme, the eligiblity criteria and the application process head over to the website below.

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Asian Media Awards

Deadline: 24 August 

Entries are now open for the Asian Media Awards, which honors newspapers, radio, TV and websites, mainstream media organizations, international companies and PR consultancies dedicated to serving the Asian community in the UK.

In order to be eligible, all work has to be carried out in the UK or at least initiated and coordinated by staff in the UK, and can be submitted for multiple categories.

For more details and information about the requirements, visit the website below.

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Free Press Awards 2017

Deadline: 2 November

The Free Press Awards recognise exceptional work in the categories Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist.

“We are excited to announce the third edition of the Free Press Awards. We aim to celebrate the work of the best journalists and media professionals. Free Press Unlimited wants people to have access to reliable information they need to develop and prosper. We support journalists worldwide to make stories be told. Nowadays that is not always an easy task. With these awards we want to honor those media professionals who continue no matter what.”

The Free Press Awards will be held in The Hague on the 2 November. To submit a nomination and find out more , follow the link below.

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Bertha Britdoc Journalism Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

“The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.”

“We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.”

Bertha’s grantees have included Oscar and BAFTA winning CITIZENFOUR and Oscar nominated Virunga, The Square and Dirty Wars. To find out more about the fund and eligibility, click the link below.

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[Text from Bertha Foundation/Britdoc]

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Deadline: Ongoing

“OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work. ”

The eligibility criteria includes supporting projects based around media and access to information. The OSIEA is available to both organisations and individuals.

Interested grant seekers should consult the OSIEA website for more information on eligibility and application guidelines.

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Individual Support

Deadline: Ongoing

The Assistance Desk of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) provides financial and administrative assistance to professional journalists and citizen-journalists who have been the victims of reprisals because of their reporting.

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The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Travel Grants Programme

Deadline: Ongoing

Fund for international travel costs associated with reporting projects on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The amount of individual travel grants will depend on the specific project and detailed budget planning. Most awards fall in the range of $5,000 to $15,000 but depending on project specifics may be higher.

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Training: Online Courses for Media Professionals

Deadline: Ongoing 

A selection of online tutorials by the European Journalism Centre.

The diverse set of courses include “Bulletproof Data journalism”, “Google Search for Journalists”, “Verification: the basics” and “Managing Data Journalism Projects” amongst many others.

All courses are free and vary in difficulty. Courses can be completed at the participant’s preferred pace.

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