Upcoming deadlines for global grants 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.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Grants

Deadline: 16 March

Nongovernmental organisations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions can now apply for the National Endowment for Democracy grants. The grants are particularly apt for organisations that work in diverse and challenging environment, such as highly repressive societies, countries undergoing a democratic transition or that are experiencing the erosion of democracy.

Grants amounts depend on sizes and scope of the projects. The average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.

NED is interested in proposals that seek to promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, strengthen democratic ideas and values, promote accountability, transparency, and civic education and much more.


 Thomson Reuters workshop on election coverage (Latin America)

Deadline: 16 March 2018

Provided by the elections reporting programme, this workshop seeks to address the challenges journalists face when reporting on political elections.  The workshop will train journalists in the region to help improve their work and provide tools to produce engaging content for an audience that might be disappointed or lacking in interest.

The course is open to journalists from Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Brazil and Venezuela who will cover elections in their countries. Applicants must have at least two years of experience covering current affairs and politics on all platforms (print, online, radio and television).

The course will take place from 9-11 of April in Bogotá, Colombia, and the Thomson Reuters foundation will cover travel and accommodation expenses for participants who do not live in Bogotá.


Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 

Deadline: 20 March

The International Women Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications from women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice and help them advance their reporting skills. Participants will conduct research and coursework at the MIT’s Center for International Studies as well as journalism internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Candidates should have at least three years of professional experience in journalism, either print, digital or broadcast. All nationalities are welcome, but candidates must have excellent English proficiency.


IAMCR Travel Grants 2018

Deadline: 20 March

The International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR) is giving 15 travel grants to allow early-stage scholars to attend the IAMCR confrence in Eugene, USA in June 2018.

Each grant is worth US$1,500 and is available to scholars who are members of IAMCR in good standing, reside in low/middle income countries and have papers accepted for presentation at the conference.

The application form will be accessible in February 2018. Applicants can only submit their form if their proposal has been formally accepted for presentation.


BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

Deadline: 22 March

Journalists who are living and working in Africa are invited to apply to this award that aims at honouring journalists who report about Africa with honesty and integrity.

The winner will receive a three months training with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2018 . During this time they will also produce an African story for the public broadcaster and will be supported by a mentor, as well as attending training at the BBC Academy.

Candidates must have excellent journalism skills, including digital and social media, broadcasting skills and the ability to perform at the microphone, the ability to identify and pitch a strong and original story idea, as well as knowledge and understanding of the African content and fluency in English.

The BBC will cover flights, visa, and accommodating in London during the winner’s placement. In addition, the winner will also receive  £2,000 per month for the duration of the placement and a one-off payment of £5,000 to contribute to the loss of salary in their home country.


ILO Migration Journalism Fellowship Programme

Deadline:  23 March

This is a six-month fellowship programme for journalists and media professionals who are passionate about human rights, migration and labour issues.  The project aims to tackle discriminatory behaviour towards migrant workers and sensitise the public on the rights of migrant workers, potential issues of abuse and fair migration solutions through collaborations with the media.

The fellowship is open to individuals working in Lebanon, Jordan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States. Participants will receive training on reporting and storytelling on labour migration, access, support and mentorship from experts and partners, a US$ 1,500 stipend to cover field work


Fellowship to Latin America and Caribbean Congress for Conservation Biology (LACCCB 2018)

Deadline: 5 March

Journalists from the Americas can apply for the biodiversity and conservation fellowship programme at the LACCCB 2018) in Trinidad and Tobago in July.  Fellows will participate in a workshop on July 24 on regional biodiversity issues, conservation solutions and journalism techniques. They will spend the following days, up to July 27 at the conference, developing stories ideas, interviewing participants and networking with other journalists.

Travel expenses, lodging and a daily allowance will be covered.


Caribbean Broadcasting Awards 

Deadline: 6 April 2018

Have you created a thought-provoking feature on access to health services for people living with HIV/AIDS? Have you been producing interesting material on climate change’s effects in the Caribbean?  Are your programmes about young people in the Caribbean, great examples of responsible coverage of children?

If your radio, television or multi-media production has been published on a CBU member service, between January and December this year, it might be eligible for entry in the CBU Caribbean Broadcasting Awards.

The winners of CBA 2017 trophies and cash prizes of USD 500 each will be announced at the 2017 Awards Ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica on August 14, 2018 during the 49th CBU Annual General Assembly.  The theme for the 2018 Assembly is Building Resilience to Climate Change: Business, Technology and Content Options for Caribbean Media. 


IBC2018 Innovation Award

Deadline: 23 April

Entries are open for the IBC 2018 Innovation Award to celebrate that spirit of co-operation and collaboration, rewarding the best applications of technology to achieve a real goal for a media, entertainment or technology company. A winning project will be one where the commissioning company works closely with technology partners to deliver a clever, appropriate and innovative solution to a real business, technical or creative issue. They might add to creativity, enable the enterprise to work more effectively, or use new ways to reach and engage with audiences.

There are three categories: for the most innovative project in content creation, content distribution and content everywhere systems.

Projects can involve one technical partners or bring together many partners. The project can be led by a supplier or by an in-house team. There is space on the entry form for you to list the technical partners.

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Migration Media Award

Deadline: 15 May

Organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, this award is open to journalists covering migration in the Mediterranean. This edition focuses on topics related to diaspora, labour migration, vulnerable groups and legal and irregular migration. Winning journalists will receive as prizes contracts to work on a second production related to migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region, related to the pitch proposal submitted with the application. Works must have been published between April 15, 2017 and May 15, 2018.

Entries can be for the following categories: video, radio, print, online, multimedia and photo, and stories can be submitted in Arabic, English or French (or include a translation in Arabic, English or French).  There will be up to three winners in each language and category.

Prizes and contracts will be awarded up to €7,000 maximum, with video production receiving the highest amount due to production costs.


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.


[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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.