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.

InfoCongo Stories, Maps and Data Visualization Grant

Deadline: 20 May 2017

This Earth Journalism Network fund offers small grants “to support stories and visuals that reveal and illuminate pressing issues in the Congo Basin.” Available grants vary between US$500-$1,500 and are aimed at proposals that focus on the production of one or more stories or have map or data visualisation elements.

Journalists from established media outlets as well as graphic designers, mapmakers, videographer and photographers are welcome to apply.

The Earth Journalism Network is a project of Internews.

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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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Reportaje RFI en Español
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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EJC Google News Lab
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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2017 Dart Asia Pacific Fellowship

Deadline: 26 May 2017

The 2017 Dart Asia Pacific Fellowship is a unique seminar programme for veteran journalists, editors and freelancers based in the South Pacific region who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy as it relates specifically to climate change.

The fellowship programme consists of  five-days of seminars and conversations plus two days of travel, beginning August 28, 2017. The fellowship takes place in Fiji, with all travel, accommodation and ground expenses covered so long as they’re related to the programme.

Preference will be given to applicants who apply as a team of two (journalist and editor) from the same news organisation. Single applications will still be accepted and freelancers are not required to apply with an editor attached.

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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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UT Knight Center course:
Learn how to fight fake news: sign up for the first massive course in Portuguese for fact checking

Dates: 5 June – 2 July 2017

Checking information has always been a key part of journalism. However, with social networks and the speed with which stories and public discourse – false and true – are spread, the role of the fact checker has become even more crucial to separating fact from fiction. In order to expand the knowledge of fact checking among journalists, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ for its acronym in Portuguese), with the support of Google News Lab, launch the first massive open online course (MOOC) in Portuguese on the topic: “Fact checking, the tool to combat fake news.”

The MOOC will take place between June 5 and July 2, 2017 and will be taught by journalist Cristina Tardáguila, director of Agência Lupa, Brazil’s first fact-checking agency.

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[Text sourced from UT Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas]

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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NED Grants Program

Deadline: 16 June 2017

The National Endowment for Democracy is accepting applications from nongovernmental organizations, civic organizations, associations, independents media, and similar organizations.

The program welcomes and encourages application coming from organizations working in diverse environments and newly established democracies, repressive societies, or countries who are currently transitioning to democracy.

NED supports programs that seek to support freedom of information and independent media, as well as promoting accountability and transparency, the strengthening of democratic ideas and values and civic education among many others.

Grant amounts vary on size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts around 12 months and is around US$50,000.

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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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Content Innovation Awards

Deadline: 3 July

Launched by Digital TV Europe in 2015 and run in partnership with Television Business International, the annual Content Innovation awards celebrate “innovation in content, distribution and delivery and the wide-ranging achievements of the companies and individuals who bring video content to the world.”

The awards are aimed at those in all levels of the global television and recognise those who have shown the highest level of quality and innovation throughout the year.

Shortlisted candidates will be announced and the winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony, taking place on 15th October in Cannes. Cost of entry, eligibility and more information can be found via the link below.

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Rory Peck Awards
Rory Peck Awards 2017

Deadline: 3 July 2017

“The only awards dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs are now open for entries.”

The awards include categories for News (10 min), News Features (30 min) and the Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs (60 min).

The awards particularly welcome entries from those living and working in regions where it is difficult to operate.

This year’s awards take place on 23 October and are free to enter.

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Another Way Film Festival: Film submission

Deadline: 5 July 

The festival aims to promote, showcase and reward audiovisual works of fiction, animation, experimental and documentaries on the subject of sustainable progress, produced anywhere in the world, also promote actions and activities related to the environment and audiovisual works.

Festival organisers are looking for feature length and short films for its competitive section that explore some of these themes. The festival takes place in Madrid from the 6-8 October. Any films that are not in Spanish must include subtitles.

Festival website
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Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Course
Following the climate money

Deadline: 10 July. Course dates: 28 Aug – 01 Sept

This course is aimed at journalists from Asia interested in investigating stories about how developing countries are coping with climate change and how the flow of development money is spent on climate change projects. The course will introduce participants to climate change finance, related areas like carbon markets and the cost of climate disaster management, it will also offer an introduction to data journalism. Participants will then have the opportunity to develop a report with the assistance of project editors with modest funding to cover reporting costs.

According to organisers, Thomson Reuters: “In 2016, developed countries provided an estimated $42 billion in climate finance. This figure is projected to grow to $67 billion by 2020, and ultimately to $100 billion. Behind these substantial sums lies a complex web of funds, grants, loans, investments, and much more. We want to help journalists get to grips with this world and produce engaging stories of interest to policy makers and ordinary people alike.”

The course is available to journalists working in any medium, whom are fluent in English and have a minimum of one year’s experience.

The foundation will cover travel expenses and accommodation for participants travelling from Indonesia, China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines or Thailand.

Participants from Australia, New Zealand and Japan may apply but they will have to cover their own costs.

For more information, eligibility and submission requirements, 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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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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