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.

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News Impact Series

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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Report on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Africa

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Professional journalists are invited to apply for this fellowship which focuses on reporting issues that relate to post-conflict peacebuilding across the African continent. 

The International Reporting Project (IRP) accepts applications from journalists of all countries, especially across the continent. However, all the proposed projects should take place in a different country than the applicant’s home country. Only experienced journalists with a record achievement in reporting can apply.

The time spent in the country of choice is flexible, although fellowships usually range between two to seven weeks.

All applications must include a detailed budget proposal and an essay in which they describe the stories they would most likely cover.

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Open calls for collaborative reporting project

Deadline: 30 June 2017

The Center for Cooperative Media launched an open funding call for collaborative reporting projects to build cooperation among media professionals and facilitate access for journalists all around the world.

The center would like to receive applications from local news outlets across the U.S, especially if they include technological elements and collaborations.

The submitted projects will have to include a timeline and should be able to have a demonstrable community impact.

Only three reporting projects will be selected to win a $7,000 grant.

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Isu Elihle Awards

Deadline: 30 June 2017

This award, launched by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) with the support of Save the Children International, the Swedish International Development Agency and Media Network on Child Rights Development (MNCRD) seeks to improve the way journalists report on children issues.

The award’s wider aim is to encourage alternative thinking around children reportage, and ensure that media professionals can work in an environment that enables them to rightfully expose issues that affect children across the African continent.

Media professionals from Eastern and Southern Africa are invited to submit story ideas on child-related topics that they would like to pursue as full reports. Every applicant will be asked to enter into an agreement with a newsroom of their choice which has to publish the content if the journalist’s idea is selected.

The winners will receive financial support to research and develop their ideas and will also receive cash prizes for their work.

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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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West African Fisheries Reporting Grants

Deadline: 6 July

The Earth Journalism Network, a project of Internews, is offering reporters grants to support fisheries and environment journalism in West Africa.

The projects wider aim is to improve media professionals’ ability to cover interlinked issues of overfishing, illegal fishing, food security and ocean governance,  and explore their economic and social consequences.

Stories can be written in either English or French. EJN is offering up to $500 per grant, with flexibility for deep investigative stories which use innovative approaches.

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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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Reporting Safely in Crisis Zone (Course)

Deadline: 17 July 

The course, organized by the Dart Center, aims to equip all participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to face challenging situations when reporting in crisis zones. It will teach how to avoid unnecessary dangers with adequate preparation, with digital security training, emergency first aid, risk assessment, assault prevention and trauma coping strategies.

All program sessions will be held in English.

The course fee is $1,175 and a limited number of partial scholarships is available to freelance journalists who have difficulties to cover the fees.  Apply within the date above to be considered for a scholarship.

The course will take place in October 19-22, 207 at the Columbia Journalism School.

For more information about the programme, the scholarship criteria and the application process head over to the website 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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News Corp Media Fellowship for African Journalists

Deadline: 27 July 

The International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) welcomes application from African journalist who are eager to build on their digital skills whilst experiencing how news outlets work.

The winners, two journalists from any country in Africa, will get the chance to spend a month in London working with The Times and The Wall Street Journal. Here, participants will have the opportunity to work alongside award-winning colleagues and gain an insight into how a newsroom operates.

The travel and fellowship expenses are all covered by the programme.

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Global Health Reporting Contest

Deadline: 31 July 

This is one of the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) flagship programmes that aims to promote the quality and the quantity of news report on key health issues in selected areas around the world.

This year, the programme focuses on health reporters working in Brazil, China, India, Russia, and sub-Saharan Africa. The selected journalists in these countries will participate in study tour for 12 days in the United States and receive cash prizes as part of regional competitions.

Coverage topics include maternal and child health, as well as diseases, epidemics and vaccinations.

The programme will also offer grants to former contest winners.

To qualify for the contests, stories must be published, either in print, online or broadcast in the targeted countries between February and July 2017.

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The Practitioner Residency

Deadline: 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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Call for Nominations: Free Press Awards 2017

Deadline: 1 August 

Organized by the Global Forum for Media Development, The Free Press Awards recognizes outstanding work in the following categories: Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist.

The Newcomer of the Year will be awarded to new reporters who work and recognize the value of journalism as a watchdog in the public interest and as a way to hold institutions accountable. The winner will receive a media scholarship and a paid visit to the Netherlands.

The Most Resilient Journalist Award recognises journalists who face the most difficult situations and circumstances to fulfill their mission and report their stories. Nominees often have been jailed, suffered violence and have been censored for their job. The winner will receive €15,00 and a paid visit to the Netherlands.

Anyone in the field of journalism from all around the world can be nominated

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Call for entries: Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship

Deadline: 6 August 

This year-long fellowship is aimed at those interested in becoming policy influencers through the production of high-quality reporting and solution orientated stories about early childhood development issues and nutrition. The goal of the fellowship is to improve news coverage on child health and form a global network of journalists who can critically report on related issues.

The fellowship is run by The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal. It will include two international reporting trips , ongoing mentoring and several webinars.

The fellowship is specifically aimed at journalists and news outlets based in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania.

For more information on the ideal candidate and application terms and conditions, follow the link 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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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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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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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]

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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