Grants & Opportunities

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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.

Good luck!

**Remember to check out our Travel Bursary scheme! Deadline: 24 February 2017**

Journalism Traineeship

Deadline: 22 February 2017

Deutsche Welle Akademie are looking for “young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism programme with an international broadcaster.”

The programme is  intended for creative and open-minded people with some journalistic experience and a working knowledge of the German language. Its aim is to provide the skills needed for a skilled and adaptable future in journalism, from data journalism to virtual reality and TV moderation, amongst many others.

This excellent and highly competitive programme lasts for 18 months and offers a trainee salary as well as a placement with a DW foreign Bureau.

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Apply for Expert Women 2017

Deadline: 26 February 2017

BBC Academy is looking for female experts to appear on air as contributors to BBC programmes.

Successful applicants will be able to take part in a free media familiarisation day in London for women with “particular expertise who are interested in appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters”.

The event will offer a practical introduction to the media, with tutorials and masterclasses with industry professionals and programme makers.

The Academy are looking for applicants from any area of expertise, with some preferences listed on their website.

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Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 28 February 2017

The Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT supports a global community of dedicated and thoughtful journalists specializing in science, health, technology and environmental reporting. KSJ@MIT is designed to recognize journalists who demonstrate a high level of professional excellence and accomplishment as well as a long-term commitment to their craft. Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis and are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for a KSJ@MIT Fellowship, applicants must:

– Be full-time journalists, whether on staff or freelance. Part-time writers or producers are not eligible.

– Have at least three full years of experience covering science, technology, the environment, or medicine.

– Be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, filmmakers, or photojournalists. This includes work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital media.

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Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting: Persephone Miel Fellowship

Deadline: 1 March 2017

The fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews, is designed to help journalists from the developing world do the kind of reporting they’ve always wanted to do and enable them to bring their work to a broader international audience.

The fellowship will benefit those with limited access to other fellowships and those whose work is not routinely disseminated internationally. Miel fellowships involve reporting from within the applicant’s native country—or following migrant communities from there to other locations.

See the announcement of the fellowship at the Internews ceremony in honor of Persephone in October 2010.

For information on eligibility, selection and terms of travel, follow the link below.

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Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists

Deadlines: 7 March 2017 & 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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Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence: Application Call 2017

Deadline: 8 March 2017

Do you have a big idea for a high quality story that deserves to be published across South Eastern Europe? Do you have a story that will make an international impact?

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network are looking to offer professional support and fund up to 10 journalists while they conduct in-depth research into a topic of regional and EU significance – for 2017 the subject is CHANGE.  The top three stories, as selected by an independent jury, will also receive cash awards.

Fellowship applicants will be supported in their work by experienced editors and journalists from around the region.

Applicants selected by an independent committee to take part in the fellowship will receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses. They will also attend international seminars and receive continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories.

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Call for Entries: Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship

Deadline: 13 March 2017 

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), is recruiting for Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellows.

ICFJ will recruit 10 Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellows from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. During the year-long program, the Fellows will receive training, mentoring and financial support to produce stories on nutrition and early-childhood development.” – ICFJ

Note that applicants must be employed or have a commitment to create content for a news organisation when applying for this fund.

Applicants must provide a CV and evidence about stories written about early-childhood development as well as a project plan and completed application form.

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BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

Deadline: 15 March 2017

“The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.”

The award is in honour of Ghanaian journalist, broadcaster and presenter Komla Dumor, who died suddenly at the age of 41 in 2014. It seeks to ensure that his legacy of integrity and passion for quality journalism continues.

The award offers an incredibly opportunity to take part in a training and development programme with the BBC in London for three months starting from September. The awardee will work with teams from across the BBC and produce an African story for broadcast across the continent and the world. They will also be mentored and attend courses run by the renowned BBC Academy.

For more details and for information on how to apply, follow the link below.

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impactAFRICA launches new contest for stories on gender equality and the challenges women face in accessing health care and services

Deadline: 15 March

impactAFRICA is offering a fully paid “study tour” to major newsrooms in the United States to journalists from South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria as part of a new reporting contest.

For a chance to take part in the tour, impactAfrica is looking for “stories that shed light on the challenges women and girls face in accessing health care and health services, and solutions to improve the quality of life for them and their families”. Judges will be looking for stories that help to demystify complex issues surrounding gender and offer “actionable information” to both citizens and policy makers.

According to the contest’s website, an independent international jury will choose winners in three categories: best community impact; best audience engagement; and best use of data.

For a chance to take part in the contest, journalists must have published a story about gender and the access to healthcare between 15 November 2016 and 15 March 2017.

For more information on submissions, eligibility and application, follow the link below.

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Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization

Deadline: 17 March 2017

COSMOS and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore invite applications for the upcoming Summer School on “Media in Political Participation and Mobilization” which will be held in Florence (Italy) in June 2017, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th.

The Summer School will explore the complex relationship between media and diverse instances of political participation and mobilization. The lectures will focus on three main topics, discussing perspectives on the relationship between media and political participation/mobilizations: media cultures, media materialities, and media practices.

Participants will have the chance to present their research or project , and other attendees will provide feedback and suggestions. Participants will also be able to discuss their work with and receive feedback from the invited lecturers.

The summer school will accept a maximum of 15 participants, among graduate, masters students and early career researchers who have an interest in media in political participation and mobilization.

For more details and for information on how to apply, follow the link below.

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One World Media
One World Media: Production Fund

Deadline: 2 April 2017

For over a decade, One World Media has supported new journalists and filmmakers who have attended our international reporting workshops to travel to developing countries and make a piece of media.

Our funding gives those starting out in journalism or filmmaking the opportunity to cover stories in a developing country and bring underreported topics to a wider audience. While our workshops teach practical skills on reporting in the developing world, the fund enables budding journalists and filmmakers to go overseas and put this learning into practice. Our fund provides each recipient with £1,000 of support.

[Text sourced from One World Media]

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The Scott Trust Bursary Scheme

Deadline: 2 April 2017

“The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in newspaper, web or broadcast journalism.” – The Guardian.

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Asia-New Zealand Foundation: Travel and discretionary grants for journalists

Deadline: 3 April 2017

Each year, [the] travel and discretionary grants programme 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 eligibility, more information and application details click the link below.

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IJF 2017
International Journalism Festival 2017

Festival: 5-9 April 2017. Deadline: As soon as possible 

The IJF takes place in Perugia, Italy and is considered the biggest media event in Europe. In 2016 the festival held 59 sessions with 549 speakers taking part.

The festival programme for 2017 is nearly full but organisers are still looking for innovative ideas and themes for this year’s events. If you have a proposal for a potential session, follow the link below.

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2017 Sunny Side of the Doc Call for Projects now open!

Deadline: 21 April 2017

Sunny Side of the Doc are looking for strong and original documentary projects in development or production with appeal to international broadcasters, co-producers and other funders.

The festival offers a chance for up to 40 creative teams from across the globe to pitch their projects to leading international buyers. 14 cash/in kind awards are available, with the winners selected by an international jury.

The festival aims to showcase a rich diversity of factual content and welcomes submissions in a wide range of formats and from a wide range of producers, including digital creators and game designers.

For more information on the festival, submission and eligibility, follow the link below.

More Information & Submission 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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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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