Grants & Opportunities

Our 2016 Travel Bursary recipient, Colvin, visited broadcasters JNN & RETV. Here he is with supervisor Sultania Williams. Image: Colvin Harry

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.

UNDP Open Data Media Camp: Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship

Deadline: 17 August 

Media professionals, including investigative journalists, NGO representatives, bloggers and activists interested in open data, research and watchdog activities are invited to take part in the Open Data Media Camp organized by MiLab, Moldova Social Innovationa Lab within UNPD Moldova.

This 5 days camp features capacity building activities mentoring, interactive discussions around data, value-finding and the multiple ways to write stories with data as well as ICT solutions and data manipulations techniques.

A fellowship worth $1,000 will be awarded to 6 participants on the basis of a brief research proposal. In addition, they will be given the chance to go for a 4-day study visit in Slovakia.

The workshop will be in English, with English to Romanian translation available and will take place 13-17 September.

Participation in the Media Camp is free of charge and accommodation, meals and transport costs will be covered.

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Thomson Foundation: Young Journalist Award 2017 call-out

Deadline: 18 August

This competition, organized in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association (FPA), aims to find and reward emerging journalist from all around the world.

The price is awarded to unique voices, fresh perspectives, and strong passion. Applicants need to be 30 or under from countries with a gross national income per capita of less than $20,000. Applicants are invited to submit a portfolio of three pieces of work published and produced in the 12 months before the deadline. There can be in any format, including video and audio.

12 applicants will be shortlisted but only 3 finalists will go to London to attend the gala awards night in November.

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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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16th Journalism Award (Latin America & the Caribbean)

Deadline: 4 September 

“The 16th edition of the Journalism Award values the work of professionals from Brazil, South and Central America and the Caribbean who stand out when putting the field in the headlines. Each journalist can submit up to 3 stories in each category.”

All participating stories must have been published between 10 July 2016 and 4 September 2017.

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Thomson Reuters Foundation
Uncovering Security – Story Lab

Deadline: 4 September 

Journalists working for media outlets in the developing world, the USA, Canada or Germany are invited to apply for this programme on emerging security threats organized by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The programme seeks to strengthen reports on under-covered security threats and responses around the world. It will support journalists to collaborate with researchers to uncovering threats in different communities, countries or region and produce stories to bring them to a wide audience.

The programme includes a hree-day residential Story Lab near London, the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and apply for small grants to cover the costs of reporting stories and support with pitching and writing.

The programme will cover all transport and related costs of participants.

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The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant (IDR)

Deadline: 6 September 

This round of applications seeks to fund projects covering food and development, health nutrition, food trade & markets. The stories should focus on the underlying issues of sustainability, resilience, and innovation.

Freelance and employed newsroom staff can apply, and there are no nationality restrictions. However, the final results should be published in media outlets which have a substantial reach to audiences in one or more of these European countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Recipients can receive up to €20,000.

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Frontline Club Awards 2017

Deadline: 15 September

“The Frontline Club Awards seek to recognise new emerging talents and established names who have shown integrity, courage and independent spirit in their work. Nominees are invited to submit published work in one of the three categories: photojournalism, broadcast and print.”

The same event will also include the Frontline Club Tribute Award which celebrates work over the course of a lifetime that has not received the acclaim it deserves.

The Richard Beeston Bursary will also be awarded at the event 2 November,  which awards £6,000 to an aspiring UK based correspondent to spend six-weeks abroad researching and producing a foreign news story.

For application details and information on other awards available, follow the link below.

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EJC Google News Lab
News Impact Series

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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Global Health Journalism Grant for Germany

Budapest: 27 September

Freelance journalists experienced in health, science or development reporting and who publish in German media are invited to apply for this grant. Funds will be given to projects that focus on global health and link it to Germany. The coverage should be connected to Germany’s global health policies or health-related activities that either German government or NGOs have undertaken.

The grant is up to €10,000.

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Mediterranean Journalist Award

Deadline: 27 September 2017

Journalists from written press, tv, radio, citizens journalists and online media professionals of the 42 countries of the Union of the Mediterranean are invited to submit their work to take part in the 10th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Awards organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Submitted works should focus on intercultural issues between and within Euro-Mediterranean societies and have to be published in printed/online media, or broadcast on radio or television between 1 January 2017 and 27th September 2017.

In addition, this edition will include a Special Alumni Award, in occasion of the award’s  10th anniversary, for alumni who demonstrated outstanding contributions in the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

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The Practitioner Residency

Deadline: 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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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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IWC Filmmaker Award

Deadline: 3 December

Filmmakers from the Gulf region can submit their work for the 6th IWC Filmmaker Award, sponsored by the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen.

Entries are for feature-length fiction film projects in development by directors from Gulf countries and must have a director and a producer attached. The director and producer can’t be the same person.

Three filmmakers will be short-listed for the award and invited to the Dubai Film Market to present their projects. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of USD 100,000.

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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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Fellowship to Report on Global Religion Issues

Deadline: Ongoing

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is welcoming applications from professional journalists who wish to report on religion issues worldwide.

The time spent in the destination country of choice is flexible. However, fellowships usually last between two and seven weeks.  The organization encourages stories in a variety of forms, including print, online, radio, photography, video, social media etc. Applications which seek to explore new territories and countries are preferred.

The wider topic of religion issues can be related to themes such as conflict and peace, environment, political economy, health, gender, migration, law and more.

Applications are reviewed in cycles on a rolling basis.

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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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Innovative Ibero-American Journalism

Deadline: Ongoing

The Chilean digital magazine Puroperiodismo, is inviting journalists, developers, designers and innovators residing in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in this project.

Media professionals who are currently exploring new technologies, approaches to reporting, developing an app or similar are encourage to talk about it in the magazine.

Entries are on an ongoing basis

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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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ICFJ Knight Fellowship, Latin America

Deadline: Ongoing, fellowships preferably starting in June 2017

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is looking for outstanding journalists with a background in digital journalism who wish to strengthen their investigative reporting via new digital technologies in Central America, Mexico and/or Colombia.

If selected, the Fellow will build the capacity of media outlets and journalists in Central America, Mexico, and/or Colombia, strengthen a network between international, national and local media, recruit experts, and oversee an innovation fund.

The candidate needs to have experience in leading investigative journalism projects, experience in major newsrooms, and high proficiency in both English and Spanish.

The fellowship will take place in Latin America, with at least 25 percent of the Fellow’s time spent in Nicaragua. The duration of the fellowship is one year, with the goal of starting in June 2017. The fellowship may be extended depending on funding and ICFJ approval.

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NPR Story Lab

Deadline: Rolling

“The NPR Story Lab is looking for great ideas. In fact, we’re an idea hub – generating new segments for our news programs, creating radio shows, and launching new podcasts. We want to collaborate with member stations and independent producers. We want to work with new talent that brings a fresh perspective to NPR. We want to keep innovating and leading in the podcast and radio world. The NPR Story Lab is a true creative studio at the heart of NPR, one that fosters experimentation and continues to evolve the sound of public radio.  Tell us your ideas, and let’s make stuff!”

Are you interested in submitting your story or pitching a programme idea to America’s foremost public radio station? NPR are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Get involved via the link below.

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Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Deadline: Ongoing

European media representatives are invited to apply for this fellowship, which will give them the chance to travel across the United States and expand on their knowledge of America and its citizens.

Organized by the Transatlantic Media Network (TMN), the goal of this fellowship is to strengthen the existing transatlantic relationship and improving mutual understanding among journalists and media professionals of both sides of the Atlantic.

The visiting journalists will follow an individual itinerary, created on their skills and interests, which will take them mostly around Washington DC and to visit TMN’s partner institutions, such as universities and journalism schools.

The fellowships may have a different duration but they will all be up to three months.

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