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.

#Uniting4Climate Virtual Reality Pitch Competition for Climate Solutions

Deadline: 15 October

The Uniting4Climate International VR Pitch Competition asks for a pitch – a proposal for a VR production in the form of a 400-word description and a 1 minute sample video – that will use the particular qualities of VR to illustrate and explain to best effect climate solutions and action, inspiring the unity behind solving the climate challenge. The aim is to enable the widest possible international participation for creative people with a passionate interest in, or strong experience of, climate change action and solutions, but also an appetite for exploring the VR production experience.

The competition is allied to the “Uniting for Climate Action” universal campaign, #Uniting4Climate, highlighting the need for individual, community, Business, city, regional and country-level participation in climate action and encouraging a universal approach to climate solutions in the lead-up and through the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn (November 6 – 16, 2017).

Entries must be made by October 15th 2017 and the winners will be announced at COP23. For full competition rules and eligibility requirements, please visit:

[Text courtesy of Connect4Climate]
Health journalism fellowship

Deadline: 17 October

With this yearlong programme organised by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) , reporters can pursue a project related to the U.S. health care system.

Reports can be both national and/or local,  and the accepted fellows will have to be supported by their newsrooms or freelance outlets, which will then have to publish their work.

Support during the fellowship is available via seminars on health care systems, conference calls and email consultations. The programme covers the cost of attending the seminars and conference, and a $4,000 allowance will be given to contribute to the costs of the project.

Each fellow will also receive a $2,500 prize after successful completion.

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International Reporting Workshops

Workshops: 19 October | 2 November 2017

“One World Media holds workshops for students, recent graduates and anyone interested in global affairs and international reporting and filmmaking. Our day-long workshops provide practical skills and advice on how to make media in developing countries – covering topics from safety and ethical concerns to storytelling and how to engage an audience.”

Places on this workshop are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Price is £69.

More information & registration
South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) Innovation Challenge

Deadline: October 31

The innovation challenge organized by SAMIP gives independent media companies, non profits and new ventures that are passionate about trying new approaches to local news and information.

This is a 3 years long programme that provides capacity building and financial support to independent media in South Africa, to promote innovation within the media sector and help new voices.

Projects must address one or more of the focus areas: digital native products, reaching rural communities, engaging people in official languages that are underserved, technology innovation for distribution, new revenue opportunities and transition to digital.

Applicants with no traditional journalism and media backgrounds, especially from tech, design and business fields, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must provide an specific ideas for a new product or service that can show initial success and viability.

A total of ZAR 3 million of grant funding is available for successful candidates which will also receive cash prizes, ongoing strategic advice, one to one support, targeted group training and further funding.

More information & application
Travel Grants for Young Researchers – Transparency and Society

Deadline: October 31

PhD students or early Post Docs who are researching on transparency in politics, economy and civil society can apply for a travel grant offered by the Volkswagen Foundation. Successful applicants can win one of the 25 grants available to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference “Transparency and Society – Between Promise and Peril” which will take place in June in Berlin, Germany.

Successful applicants will also be able to present their research in a talk and several poster sessions.

Grants include travel expenses, visa and accomodation.

More Information & Application
EU Prize for Journalism
EU Prize for Journalism: Georgia

Deadline: 1 November

Established in 2012, the Prize encourages professio­nalism and ethical conduct in Georgian journalism, by awarding yearly the best work in print, broadcast, online, and photo journalism.In addition, the European Union Monitoring Mission awards a Special Prize for conflict-sensitive journalism contributing to confidence building and peace.

This year, the Prize is awarded in seven categories for works published or aired between 19 November 2016, through 31 October 2017.

More information & application

[Text sourced from EU Prize for Journalism]

Suitcase 2017 journalism contest on migration and border management issues

Deadline: 1 November

Armenian journalists reporting on migration can apply for cash prizes awarded by this contest aimed at harnessing the potential of Yerevan and regional media professionals who report migration and border management issues.

Applicants have to submit TV and/or radio reports or programmes, and other media material including online and print covering migration and border management, including asylum and re-integration issues published between January 2017 until October 2017.

Special prizes will also be awarded to journalistic work on displaced Syrians in Armenia, integration prospects of refugees in the region, material on repatriation and photo reportage on migration.

Journalists can submit more than one piece in Russian, Armenian and English.

The contest is organised by The International Center for Migration Policy DevelopmentRepat Armenia and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Armenia

More Information & Submissions
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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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Elizabeth R Media Fund: Commonwealth Digital Challenge

Deadline: 3 November


“The Elizabeth R Media Fund is launching a new competition aimed at providing young and aspiring media managers from the Commonwealth with the skills and tools necessary to help their organisations face the digital challenges in their countries.”

Entrants must be aged 28-35 and be based in Commonwealth countries. The winning applicant will receive a week-long intensive study residency in London during the week of the 2018 Commonwealth Summit in London. This will be followed by 12 months’ mentoring by industry professionals overseen by the Thomson Foundation.

More information & Application
West African Fisheries Reporting Grants

Deadline: 13 November 2017

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is offering a second round of reporting grants to support fisheries and environment journalism in West Africa as part of a wider and recently launched capacity building project in the region.

With the overall goal of improving journalists’ ability to expertly tackle the often overlapping issues of overfishing, illegal fishing, food security and ocean governance, the project aims to further explore the economic and social consequences of overfishing on coastal communities, through stories and investigations.

More information & Application

[Text sourced from Earth Journalism Network/Internews]

Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Deadline: 30 November

Filmmakers from all around the world who specialise on human rights can submit their films for the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, organised by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union,

Entries must have been produced between 2016 and 2017, and categories available for the competition submission are docu/life, docu/right. docu/short and docu/ukraine.

The film festival will take place March 23 to 30 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Winner will be awarded a cash prizes of USD 1,000.

More Information, Rules and Applications
Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation

Deadline: 1 December

This fellowship programme takes journalists to Harvard University to work on a specific project or research relating to journalism innovation.

Candidates’ proposals can deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation, such as new revenue streams, new tools for reporting, or research into consumption patterns. Candidates must outline how their proposals can benefit journalism.

Most fellows will receive a US$65,000 stipend and additional allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance.

The fellowship, organised by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is open to both  U.S, and international journalists or professionals working for a news organisation in a business, technology or leadership field. Freelance journalists can also apply.

More Information, Rules and Applications
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.

More Information, Rules and Applications
Prix Jeunesse International

Deadline: 11 December

Distributors and production companies can now submit their work to be considered for the Prix Jeunesse International 2018. The Prix celebrates and promotes content, innovation and quality in kid’s TV. The theme for this year’s Prix is ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children – Resilience and Storytelling’.

The initiative also includes a ‘PRIX Jeunesse Interactivity Prize’ which rewards excellence in digital extensions of a broadcaster’s multi-platform strategy for children’s content. Eligible media can include websites, interactive TV, games and apps.

The prize asks for innovative, fresh and risky formats in the last two years specifically made for children, not about children. Entries do not necessarily have to be related to the festival theme,.

The festival and competition will take place from 25-30 May 2018.

More Information, Rules & Applications
The Inge Morath Award
The Inge Morath Award

Announced: January 2018

The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.

The call for submissions and guidelines are announced annually by The Magnum Foundation and The Inge Morath Foundation on their web sites, usually in January/February. Winners of the Award are announced in July/August.

More Information

[Text from Inge Morath Award]

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.

More Information & Application

[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.

More Information & Application
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

More Information (in Spanish)
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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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