Upcoming deadlines for grants, workshops and other opportunities for media workers

Scroll to discover opportunities for media workers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. All opportunities are in chronological order and separated into PMA-specific, Featured and Month-by-Month sections.

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Media Freedom Coalition (MFC)

Sally-Ann Wilson becomes a Co-Chair of the Consultative Network of the Media Freedom Coalition

We are pleased to announce that the Public Media Alliance’s representative on the Consultative Network of the Media Freedom Coalition has been appointed as co-chair. 

Radiodays Asia 2023

Join us in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Radiodays Asia 2023. PMA members are entitled to an exclusive discount!


PSM Unpacked | Engaging & Educating Youth

Staff at PMA member organisations joined an online forum to discuss the ways PSM can best engage and educate youth audiences. 

Digital journalism project: Meet our partner and facilitators!

Meet our partner and facilitators for our upcoming Digital & Investigative Journalism project, being held in Namibia.

PMA announces major projects for 2023

Here's a look at PMA's 2023 slate of projects — ranging from digital journalism, gender reporting, and sustainability!


PSM Unpacked | Youth education & engagement

MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE: In this PSM Unpacked roundtable, we'll explore how public media can best educate and engage with young audiences.


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Featured opportunity

PMA has compiled a collection of resources on reporting in Ukraine, including information on financial assistance, which can be found by clicking the button below.

Resources for Media Workers Covering the Conflict in Ukraine

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Upcoming deadlines, workshops and opportunities

Transatlantic Media Fellowships 2023

Deadline: 1 April 2023

The Transatlantic Media Fellowship program supports well-researched transatlantic journalism. As in previous years, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC, will give a select number of journalists from the United States, Canada, and Germany the opportunity for on-the-ground reporting relevant to the foundation’s work on climate & energy policy, democracy & social policy, technology & digital policy, and foreign & security policy. We accept applications for either travel-based or virtual research and reporting.

This year we will broaden our understanding of the Atlantic and open the Transatlantic Media Fellowship to journalists from Africa and Latin America. The focus will be on Global Development Policy issues related to the Global South and the USA/Germany. For those interested, please see the description in the Issue Areas section.

[Text sourced from Transatlantic Media Fellowship]


Story Grants to Report on the Mediterranean Sea

Deadline: 7 April 2023

Today, with the total population of the Mediterranean countries estimated at around 512 million, and set to grow by another 180 million by 2050, the once abundant Mediterranean sea is at the center of an overfishing crisis. Increased fishing capacity has ultimately placed these waters under unsustainable pressure, leading to recent estimates that over 87% of assessed Mediterranean fish stocks are overfished. The decline of the overall health of the Med sea is disrupting the robustness of ecosystems, with an increasing number of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems being put forward for regional protection to try to safeguard some of the legacy of the Med for future generations to enjoy.

With support from the Adessium Foundation, EJN is pleased to offer five story grants with a budget of up to 1,000 Euros each for this second round of story grants to selected journalists to report on overfishing, illegal fishing and the biodiversity crisis in the Mediterranean region. In addition to funding, selected journalists will receive support from experienced mentors through the story production process.

[Text sourced from the Earth Journalism Network]


Lyra McKee Bursary Scheme 2023

Deadline: 9 April 2023

The Lyra McKee Journalism Training Bursary was inspired by Lyra’s determination to become an investigative journalist: despite personal disability, the need to care for her disabled mother as well as fighting the in-built bias against working-class entrants to journalism.

[Text sourced from the Centre for Investigative Journalism]


The Asia Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: 19 April 2023

Temasek Foundation has been bringing Asian journalists together in Singapore through this unique programme since 2009. The programme was hosted first by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, and since 2017 by the Institute of Policy Studies at the National University of Singapore. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to cancel the 2020 programme and in 2021, it was run online only. In 2022, we had a hybrid AJF, with four weeks online and two weeks in Singapore. The 2021 Fellows came too, creating a first for AJF, with two batches present at the same time.

The 2022 programme in Singapore was a mix of visits to newsrooms and media campuses, talks by experts, journalism-related training workshops, and dialogues with senior government officials and media personalities.

[Text sourced Asia Journalism Fellowship]


European Cross-Border Grants

Deadline: 20 April 2023

This awarded grant programme supports since 2009 professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.

Cross-border teams of professional journalists can apply for a grant to cover working time and/or expenses for their investigation.

Next to a grant, teams can also apply for a mentor to provide assistance with either the focus of the investigation or the need for competences in a specific skill.

[Text sourced from Journalismfund.eu]


Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

Deadline: 23 April 2023

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides academic and professional opportunities to advance the reporting skills of women and nonbinary  journalists who focus on human rights and social justice. The Fellowship was created in memory of The Boston Globe correspondent and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award (1998) winner Elizabeth Neuffer, who died while reporting in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF started this program to honor Neuffer’s legacy while advancing her work in the fields of human rights and social justice.

The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for women and nonbinary journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media, either as a staff journalist or as a freelancer. All nationalities are welcome to apply but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. The Fellow will complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and journalism internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program provides the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone their reporting skills. Past fellows have taken advantage of opportunities to publish work under their byline through various media outlets.

[Text sourced from International Women’s Media Foundation]


Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism

Deadline: 27 April 2023

This grant programme supports cross-border teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets to conduct investigations into environmental affairs related to Europe.

Next to investigations of environmental issues that transcend borders, this programme can also support and stimulate comparative investigations into local environmental issues and policies between two or more regions or cities.

The grants can also offer support to preliminary work in the development of new investigative projects.

The grant can cover working time and expenses such as logistics, travel, insurance, access to legal support, translations, access to technology and data sets, etc.

Next to financial support, teams can also apply for an experienced mentor to provide assistance with either the focus of the investigation or the need for competencies in a specific skill.

[Text sourced from Journalismfund.eu]


European Commission’s Journalism Partnerships

Deadline: 27 April 2023

The Commission continues to support the resilience of the news media sector with a third call for Journalism Partnerships. This year, the scope of the financing has been enlarged with a second action and the budget has been increased to €10 million.

This year’s Journalism Partnerships call for proposals is composed of two actions: a first one to increase collaborations between media by stimulating innovation in business models and in editorial processes, and a second one to support media pluralism and media of particular relevance to democracy and civic participation.

[Text sourced from European Commission]


DRL Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Reporting in the MENA Region

Deadline: 1 May 2023

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for programming that supports equitable and impartial media coverage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

DRL seeks regional programs with the objectives to counter discrimination and promote greater diversity in media coverage of marginalized racial and ethnic communities and underrepresented and vulnerable groups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

[Text sourced from US Department of State]


Journalist Capacity Building Programs (Pakistan)

Deadline: 1 May 2023

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the Embassy of the United States of America in Islamabad, Pakistan solicits proposals for multiple funding opportunities for projects to train and build capacity among Pakistani journalists, including traditional media practitioners, digital media professionals, vloggers, and documentary makers, among others.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


News/Media Literacy Award

Deadline: 1 May 2023

Entries are now open for the News/Media Literacy Award to honour front-line teachers and news media organizations in the quest to help students understand the “why” of press freedom.

In 2021, Global Youth & News Media Prize created a Press Freedom Teacher award in its News/Media Literacy category to recognize the front-line teachers who were making sure students learned that quality journalism is a good thing to have around and that some people faced grave dangers just to do that job.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


DRL Supporting Free and Independent Media Globally

Deadline: 10 May 2023

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for a project that will support civil society and independent media to advocate and hold governments accountable by promoting and strengthening the ability of individuals to exercise their fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly free from harassment, intimidation, and physical harm.

The program should promote and protect open and resilient information ecosystems by 1) promoting the long-term adaptive capacities and sustainability of independent journalists, including free lancers, and media outlets, and 2) bolstering the resilience of journalists and independent media outlets to legal and regulatory challenges. The awarded project will serve as one component of a larger DRL initiative to protect independent journalism globally.

[Text sourced from US Department of State]


Prague Civic Center offers fellowship program [Eastern Europe, Central Asia]

Deadline: 15 May 2023

Journalists, bloggers, activists and others can apply for this program.

The Prague Civil Society Center’s fellowship program is accepting applications. 

Participants will stay in Prague, Czech Republic, for three months, where they will visit Czech NGOs and think tanks, participate in project development workshops, share experiences, and work on their own projects.

The eligible countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. 

The Prague Civil Society Center will cover travel expenses, provide accommodation, small daily allowance for living in Prague, and also assist in obtaining a visa. Participants will also have access to a shared office space with access to the internet and a printer.

The fellowship program will run Autumn 2023 and Spring to Summer 2024.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


Scott Trust Bursaries available for master’s in journalism [UK]

Deadline: 15 May 2023

Aspiring journalists from underrepresented backgrounds can apply for funding to pursue a master’s in journalism.

The Guardian Foundation is offering the Scott Trust Bursaries to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in journalism.

The bursaries pay all course tuition fees and provide a subsistence allowance of GBP6,741 towards living expenses.

In addition, candidates take part in several weeks’ work experience at Guardian News & Media with expenses covered, and are paired with a Guardian mentor. 

Candidates are eligible for courses at select universities in the United Kingdom where they can pursue a MA in journalism, data journalism, newspaper journalism or multimedia journalism.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


CBSS to Promote and Protect Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Pakistan)

Deadline: 22 May 2023

The European Commission is seeking proposals for the country–based support scheme (CBSS) to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Pakistan.

The aim of this call is to increase the resilience of journalists and media houses, increasing their capacity to react and adapt appropriately to the inevitable changes in their environment. It aims to contribute to the safety and protection of journalists and media workers, by working on an enabling environment for freedom of expression and by condemning attacks and other forms of harassment and intimidation both online and offline.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


Canon, Visa pour L’Image offer grants, awards [Worldwide]

Deadline: 23 May 2023

Photojournalists and documentarians can enter this contest.

The Visa pour l’Image – Perpignan Festival, in partnership with Canon, recognizes the best visual journalism around the world Sept. 2 to 17 in Perpignan, France.

The festival is accepting entries for the following competitions: the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant, the Françoise Demulder Photography Grants, the Camille Lepage Award for a photojournalist, the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or Award – International Committee of the Red Cross, Visa d’or franceinfo: Award for the Best Digital News Story, and the Figaro Magazine Lifetime Achievement Visa d’or Award.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


Local Cross-Border Journalism

Deadline: 25 May 2023, 12pm CET

Is there an appealing, intriguing, refreshing and engaging story(s) in your local city that you want to share with the world? Would your story have some correlation with other local European cities or around the world? Are there local issues that you could bring to life by comparing and contrasting with other local European cities who may be experiencing the same issues?

Are you open to collaborating with other local journalists from other parts of Europe? Are you eager to write something you’re interested in but you lack the resources? Compelling stories can be found everywhere, even at the local level.

[Text sourced from Journalismfund.eu]


Professional Development Grants for Environmental Journalism

Deadline: 25 May 2023, 12pm CET

This grant facility supports enabling activities and supporting services for environmental investigative journalism as a whole. It seeks to promote collective development and support services for environmental investigative journalism, by providing funding to project ideas from organisations and institutions for training and professional development programmes, i.e. skills-focused professional training or fellowship programmes targeted at enabling investigative journalists to upskill with regards to reporting on environment related issues.

[Text sourced from Journalismfund.eu]


Digital Connections Program 2023 

Deadline: 30 May 2023

The Digital Connections Program builds on a belief that protecting fundamental freedoms requires networks of likeminded partners, working across borders, to ensure that internet freedom, free expression, and democratic governance is accessible to all people.

The FY 2023 Digital Connections supports international exchanges, network development, and global activities, virtual and in-person, that harness the expertise of international and regional networks of academics, business leaders, digital entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, researchers, and other communication professionals.

Through the development of four to six “on-demand” or rapid response projects, including at least one U.S.-based exchange, Digital Connections programming will provide opportunities to crowdsource solutions to countering disinformation; learn new techniques, skills, and models for working in the digital and media landscape; share resources, products, and research within Digital Connection networks; and build coalitions and partnerships that amplify democratic messages, build societal resistance to disinformation and hate speech, and strengthen relationships with independent media, civil society and communication professionals, and other credible voices in direct support of democracy values and universal freedoms.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


Freelance, local journalism contest open [Worldwide]

Deadline: 31 May 2023

Print and online journalists worldwide can apply for an award.

The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund, in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, organises the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, honouring the work of freelance journalists and of local reporters and fixers in developing countries or nations in transition who often otherwise receive little recognition.

The awards feature three categories: freelance journalists covering international news, local reporters covering events in their home country or region and news fixers. Each winner receives a US$5,000 prize.

The stories can be about conflict, human rights, cross-border issues or any controversial matter in a particular country or region. Each submission must demonstrate professionalism, meet international journalistic standards and provide evidence that courage and determination were required to cover the story.

All articles must be translated into English and have been published between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation offers grants [Worldwide]

Deadline: 7 June 2023

French-speaking journalists, documentary filmmakers and photographers can apply.The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation organises a grant program that supports young media professionals in the development of their projects in France or abroad.

There are three types of grants: the photographer grant: EUR 10,000 (US$10,716) intended for photographers ages 35 and younger; the print journalist grant: EUR 10,000, for reporters under age 30; and the documentary filmmaker grant: EUR15,000 (US$16,074) for documentary filmmakers under age 30.

Applicants do not have to be nationals of a French-speaking country but must be able to present their project in French, both orally and in writing.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Grants Program

Deadline: 7 June 2023

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

Each year the National Endowment for Democracy makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organisations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

Each year, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


New Media Incubator Programme

Deadline: 14 June 2023

The International Press Institute is accepting applications for the New Media Incubator Programme. The New Media Incubator invests in media entrepreneurs developing creative, new business models and products shaping the media market today and tomorrow. This includes startups and new media ventures designing, launching and growing into viable businesses by providing financial support, coaching, network access and training.

It is a six-month programme for Europe-based new media ventures and early-stage publishers building on existing ideas. The programme supports publishers with a minimum viable product launched in their target community at least six months prior.

Publishers will work to identify market gaps, gain a deeper understanding of their audience’s information needs, prototype a product, and continuously experiment, test and maintain their startup or a part of their business or content model. Successful applicants will have an elaborate and strategic approach to their business model but need financial support and mentoring in implementing it.

New Media Incubator may cover any percentage of a project’s costs, up to 100 percent of the total. Co-funding is encouraged but not mandatory. Teams must declare any existing sources of funding on their application.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


Awards recognize investigative video and audio projects [Worldwide]

Deadline: 15 JUNE 2023

Filmmakers and audio storytellers who have produced investigative works can compete for an award. 

The DIG Awards recognize excellence in investigative audio and video reporting. Winners will be chosen at the eighth edition of DIG Festival, which will take place in Modena, Italy September 21 to 24. 

As part of this year’s awards, the competition will also include a pitch category. Filmmakers are invited to submit work in the pre-production phase for a chance to win a EUR15,000 to finish their project.

The deadline to enter finished works is June 15. The deadline to submit a pitch for funding is July 15. 

[Text sourced from IJNET]



Contest recognizes TV, audio and digital broadcasting [Worldwide]

Deadline: 30 JUNE 2023

Journalists, filmmakers and podcasters from around the world can enter this contest.

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) is accepting entries for its annual competition that recognizes TV, video, digital, radio, audio and podcasting work. 

There are 19 different categories including international affairs documentary, news coverage, specialist factual, sports journalism and human interest. Entries can be in any language and must have been broadcast or made available July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


DRL Investigative Journalism in Europe

Deadline: 30 JUNE 2023

The U.S. The Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour (DRL) announces an open competition for organisations interested in submitting applications for projects that support regional investigative journalism in Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia.

DRL’s goal is to strengthen investigative journalism networks in Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia engaged in cross-border, collaborative reporting and support them to become trusted sources of information.

The primary objective of this project is to increase the reporting and networking capacity of investigative journalists and outlets across Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia by helping them analyse patterns of corruption, influence and investment, conflicts of interest, anticompetitive business practices, and the impact of such practices on democracy, the environment, and economic growth.

[Text sourced from GFMD]


IAPA seeks entries for excellence in journalism contest [Americas]

Deadline: 01 JULY  2023

Journalists living in the Americas or Spain are invited to enter their best works in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has launched the 2023 Excellence in Journalism Award.

The competition is offered in 14 categories: cartoon internet news coverage, news coverage, interview, longform, human rights and community service, photography, infographics, opinion, data journalism, in-depth journalism, environmental journalism, health journalism and university journalism. Works must have been published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023

A jury made up of members of IAPA’s Awards Committee will choose the winner in each of the categories. The first prize consists of US$2,000.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


2023 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship

Deadline: 1 March 2023

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and practice, and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

The Ochberg Fellowship covers roundtrip travel, 7 nights of lodging, meals and expenses directly related to participation such as ground transportation and travel insurance. The Fellowship program will be held July 21-27, 2023 at Columbia University in New York City.

[Text sourced from Dart Center]


The Fernand-Seguin scholarship for young journalists

Deadline: 12 March 2023

People passionate about science and popularization can participate in the 2023 edition of the Fernand-Seguin scholarship as of today. Jointly organized by the Association of Science Communicators of Quebec (ACS) and Radio-Canada, this prestigious competition aims to reveal and train the next generation in French-language science journalism in Canada.

Candidates between the ages of 18 and 34 are invited to submit a journalistic product on a subject of a scientific nature that meets the regulations of the Fernand-Seguin scholarship. The first place recipient will receive a prize valued at nearly $12,000 in cash and in several internships.

[Text sourced from Association of Science Communicators of Quebec]



Deadline: 17 March 2023

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a full-time, 14-week training program for up to 10 Indigenous creators to learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries. Emerging Indigenous creators looking to explore career opportunities and gain hands-on experience are encouraged to apply.

The full-time program begins with classroom sessions and group activities led by industry leaders. Topics will cover all aspects of the creative media arts, including story development, directing, producing and more. Participants are required to invest significant time in homework assignments.

Participants will gain hands-on experience by working in a group to produce a short film where they’ll learn the many crew positions required to bring an idea from script to screen.

[Text sourced from CBC/Radio-Canada]


One World Media Fellowship

Deadline: 22 March 2023, 5PM UTC

One World Media Fellowship is aimed at aspiring journalists and filmmakers who seek to make a career out of reporting on stories from the global south. Working in film, print, audio or multimedia, our Fellows’ projects bring together integrity and creativity to present underreported stories that break down stereotypes and build cross-cultural connections. We guide filmmakers and journalists on a single project, and provide a supportive network of mentors and peers through the production and completion of their project. We seek to champion diverse emerging talent, and particularly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups (people of colour, ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities) as well as from people from and based in the global south.

[Text sourced from One World Media]


Call for journalists

Deadline: 26 March 2023

Apply for content production support and mentoring programme delivered by EU4 Independent Media. Are you an editorially independent content producer, either individual or a team? Do you have a story idea about a pressing public interest issue in an EU Eastern Partnership country, which has been hitherto overlooked or underreported? Do you have an ambition to explore new formats and platforms and enhance your multimedia storytelling skills? Apply for the content production support and mentoring programme!

[Text sourced from EU]


CUNY Business Journalism Fellows 

Deadline: 31 March 2023

Journalists with at least five years of experience can apply for a remote fellowship. The McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark School of Journalism offers a fellowship program to support in-depth coverage of business and the global economy. The fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories. The program is accepting applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces. Fellows will receive grants up to US$15,000 to complete investigative and enterprise stories. Reporters and editors working at news organizations, as well as freelancers, may apply. International journalists are also eligible as long as their reporting is completed in English and targeted to a U.S. media outlet and audience.

[Text sourced from IJNET]


Diversity fellowship

Deadline: 31 March 2023

Journalists of colour can apply for this program. The Maynard Institute, in partnership with Fox Corporation, is organizing the Maynard 200 Journalism Fellowship. The program will offer training in four tracks: storytelling, executive leadership, media entrepreneurship and frontline editors and managers. Participants will attend in-person workshops in Forth Worth, Texas, June 26 to 30 and Oct. 23 to 26, followed by yearlong mentorship, supplementary courses and virtual meetings. Hotel accommodations for fellows will be paid for by the Maynard Institute. Fellows will be reimbursed up to US$500 for their airfare and ground transportation. Applicants living outside the United States need to be affiliated with a U.S.- based media outlet or organization.

[Text sourced from IJNet]


DW Akademie offers 10 full scholarships for journalists

Deadline: 31 March 2023

DW Akademie is accepting applications for its International Media Studies program (IMS) in Bonn, Germany, which will start in September. Students who successfully complete the four-semester program will be awarded a master of arts degree.

The program offers a mix of research, lectures and practical experience and combines these disciplines: media and development, journalism, communications and media management.

Up to 10 full scholarships are offered to applicants from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe.  Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and at least a year of professional experience in a media-related field. Applicants must also have a good command of English language skills.

[Text sourced from IJNet]


The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 

Deadline: 31 March 2023

Are you a journalist with a great idea for a high-impact story that “Follows the Money,” but few resources to get it done? The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism would like to hear from you.

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism provides experienced journalists with grants up to $15,000 and the editorial support needed to produce deeply reported enterprise and investigative stories that delve into critical economic, financial or business issues across a wide array of subjects. You don’t need to be a business reporter to apply; many of our previous Fellows have been generalists, or cover beats such as health care, education or the environment. Others have focused on issues such as economic inequality or corporate accountability.

[Text sourced from McGraw Centre]



Free sustainability training for the TV/Film Industry

Media sustainability solutions organisation, Albert, offers a range of specific online and free training on an ongoing basis for those working in the TV and film industry to help make their productions in a more sustainable way. Sessions include sustainable production training; editorial training; sustainable sports TV and news production training. Many of the sessions will cover environmental basics, the industry’s impact, and production case studies.

Find out more

How to become a forensic pro (French)

Take the open-access training designed by AFP for all journalists and journalism students, with support from the Google News Initiative.

[Text sourced from AFP] 


Judith Neilson Institute’s Grants

JNI’s grants provide journalists and media organisations with the resources they need to produce quality journalism.

Grant proposals should be clear and concise with a plan of how you will reach an audience. Please note that we will always receive more good ideas than we can support. We only respond to submissions we are interested in hearing more about. For freelancers and individuals, we recommend you apply with the support of a media platform.

[Text sourced from The Judith Nielson Institute]


The ERC Collaborative Reporting Grants

The Environmental Reporting Collective is proud to announce we’re accepting applications for Collaborative Investigation Grants open to media outlets, journalists, and freelancers. 

These grants ($1000 to $3000 USD) are specifically aimed at promoting collaboration, and allowing journalists from different countries to work together to fill in gaps in each others’ reporting, especially when tracing environmental crimes across borders.

Funds can be used creatively, and there is no travel requirement. 

Applications are accepted anytime, with decisions made quarterly. Applications will be considered within 3 months of their submission from when applications are opened, to when they are closed.

[Text sourced from ERC]


Digital Journalism Course from Reuters and Facebook Journalism Project

Reuters, in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, has launched a course on digital journalism. The free online course offers training in digital newsgathering, verification and publishing skills, along with access to wellness and resilience resources.


Free online course on vaccine reporting 

Vaccines have become a household conversation. But often the talk is inaccurate and full of fear. Quality vaccine journalism ‘talks’ to people. It answers their questions and addresses their doubts. Let’s Talk Vaccines takes you on a journey of discovery from evolving vaccine science to how to hold governments to account to ensure all people get access to a COVID-19 vaccine, and on to strategies to address vaccine misinformation. 

[Text sourced from Internews]


Beyond survival? A new Human Resources research project for PMA members

Our new project aims to develop people management strategies to ensure the development and growth of PSMs in the fragmented digital media landscape.

In an exciting new research project, the Public Media Alliance (PMA) has partnered with Peter Block from the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), to launch a project that will review the processes by which participating PSM’s manage the employer-employee relationship during the employment life-cycle.

The purpose is to highlight issues for the sector at large, identify common themes of staff development needs, and offer some practical recommendations for good practice to the PMA community.


BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

The BFI is administering a three-year pilot fund of £57 million, derived from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to help expand the children’s content industry in the UK.

The Fund seeks to support public service broadcasting content aimed at audiences under 18 with the creation and development of new programmes which include PSB values by reflecting UK identity and children’s lives (both regionally and nationally), educating and informing audiences as well as representing more diversity and alternative voices.

‘Production and development awards will contribute to the funding of programmes, shown on television and online platforms, that have public service broadcasting values in live-action and animation and across all genres.’

[Text from BFI]


Collaborative Operations and Services Grant Program [US based]

Organised by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), “The Collaborative Operations and Services (“COS”) grant program is intended to support multistation initiatives to fully develop and implement collaborations, strategic alliances and other forms of partnerships that will increase stations’ abilities and capacities to achieve more together than each can accomplish alone.

The COS will provide smaller grants to assist stations with facilitation, analysis, and research (“FAR”) required for establishing parameters for collaboration efforts (see details below), as well as larger grants for the implementation of serious collaborative efforts.”

[Text sourced from CPB]


Course on diversity in the news and newsrooms


This MOOC, from the Knight Center in partnership with the Google News Initiative, provides four weekly modules from 11 January to 7 February, 2021. This instructor-led course aims to explore how diversity can transform journalism by democratising the profession from within. Over the course’s duration, participants will learn about strategies to diversify newsrooms and retain talent and tools to work on stereotypes and racial biases which may colour news coverage. You can still access this course as a self-enrolled student.


Coverage of the COVID-19 Vaccine: What Journalists Need to Know

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has made their free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available indefinitely for journalists who are interested in improving their coverage on COVID-19 and vaccines. The self-directed, self-paced course is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.


Data Journalism Grant

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking applications for innovative data-driven journalism projects that spotlight under reported issues. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. 

[Text sourced from Pulitzer Center]


Disinformation and fact-checking in times of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish)


Aimed at journalists and communicators in general, this free training is open to anyone interested in the subject, especially journalism teachers and students. In four weeks, instructor Cristina Tardáguila will explain the origins of fact-checking in journalism and teach the tools necessary to discredit fake news in these times of pandemic.” You can still access this course as a self-enrolled student.

[Text sourced from Knight Center]

The Knight Center offers many other journalism courses. Explore them here.


First Jobs Fund

The Journalists’ Charity recently launched a fund for new journalists starting out in the field. “The fund will offer support with essential costs such as accommodation, moving home, transport and essential work-related equipment.”


Funding available for Black journalists [US based]

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund are providing two emergency funding opportunities. The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund is designed to provide financial assistance for Black journalists who are unable to pay for mental health support. The IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund may address needs related to work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear; or long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support. Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. 

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ICFJ Knight Fellowships

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is looking for outstanding journalists with a background in digital journalism, training or coaching, to work “in key areas of innovation such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship and business models, technology creation and adoption, diverse voices in news, investigative reporting, digital security and specialized reporting on health, gender and development.”

“Fellowships are typically a minimum of one year, and may be extended by ICFJ depending on funding and the opportunity for greater impact. Fellowship projects must produce measurable results.”

Proposals for fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but there are other opportunities to apply for that can be found on the website.

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“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.” Individuals, NGOs and media outlets can apply for support.

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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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International Reporting Grants

The Pulitzer Center’s International Reporting grants support reportage on topics of global importance. Grants are open to reporters, photographers, radio/audio journalists, television/video journalists, and documentary filmmakers. COVID-19 projects are currently being prioritised as well as other projects that can be completed in the near term without much travelling. 


IWMF – Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

The Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists, established by the International Women’s Media Foundation, provides funding to promote and advance the work of woman-identifying journalists in the news media globally. The fund accepts applications on a rolling basis. Teams of journalists may apply but the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.


NPR Story Lab

“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.


OPEN Media Hub offers free online courses [Eastern Europe, MENA] 

Journalists, media managers and other media professionals can take self-directed courses in English, French, Arabic and Russian. The OPEN Media Hub provides e-learning courses as a part of the support for media professionals in the countries of the European Neighborhood, including Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Topics range from media management and content production to media coverage of migration and COVID-19. All courses are free of charge and permanently open. Certificates are available to users who successfully complete them.

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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.


Pitching Investigative Documentaries – GIJN

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (IGJN) launched a collaborative network during a GIJN webinar. This is a platform where pitches for investigative documentaries and long-form productions about Covid-19 can be submitted and passed onto several public broadcaster production teams including BBC Africa, BBC Arabic, CBC Canada, PBS Frontline and RTS in Switzerland as well as Premières Lignes, an independent French TV production and news agency that has worked with France Télévisions.

Submit your pitch here:


Press Freedom Accountability Project grant funding [US based]

Following recent attacks on and intimidation of journalists in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is partnering with the News Leaders Association (NLA) to provide journalists with grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to “support reporting on press freedom violations and accountability.”


Rainforest Journalism Fund

Deadlines: Rolling

The Pulitzer Center has a number of grants available under its Rainforest Journalism Fund — the International Rainforest Journalism Fund; the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund; the Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund; and the Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund. The fund represents a major investment in international environmental and climate reporting. Through the Pulitzer Center, the Rainforest Journalism Fund plans to support nearly 200 original reporting projects over the five years’ existence of the Fund, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues such as deforestation and climate change and produce stories that make an impact.

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Rory Peck Trust Assistance Grants for Freelance Journalists

The Rory Peck Trust provides assistance to freelance journalists and their families around the world. Applicants must be able to receive a grant from a British registered charity. 


Rory Peck Trust Training Fund for Freelance Journalists

The Rory Peck Training Fund provides training to freelance journalists to equip them with the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in difficult and potentially dangerous situations. The training fund is available to freelancers who have worked in newsgathering and/or current affairs for a minimum of 18 months. Priority is given to those who work in hostile environments and to those with confirmed assignments. 


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

The Pulitzer Center has published an advisory note to all new applicants in light of Covid-19. Please read here.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers several ongoing grants “to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media.” These include the International Reporting Grant, Rainforest Journalism Fund and Bringing Stories Home: Local Reporting Grants. Freelance and staff journalists from news outlets can apply.

Find out how to apply and the other grants available via the link below:


The Self-Investigation: A free online stress management program for journalists

In partnership with the ICFJ, Open News and the Online News Association, “The self-investigation is a free online program designed to support journalists with knowledge and evidence-based practices they can use to relate to stress and digital overload in a healthier way. This is an opportunity to get access to ongoing support from professionals so you can feel more balanced and tap into your innate resilience. The English language edition will take place over four weeks in July.”

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Training: Online Courses for Media Professionals

Deadline: Ongoing 

A selection of online tutorials created by the European Journalism Centre and supported by the Google News Initiative.

The diverse new set of courses include ‘Where to hire a data journalist’; ‘Python for journalists’ as well as  “Google Search for Journalists”; “Verification: the basics” and “Managing Data Journalism Projects” among many others.

All courses are free and vary in difficulty. Courses can be completed at the participant’s preferred pace.


Transatlantic Media Fellowship


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.


Poynter hosts online course on trust building 

Journalists who want to learn strategies to earn their communities’ trust can take this course.

Poynter offers the self-directed, online course “How any journalist can earn Trust.”

The training is divided into 10 modules: perceptions of news; tell your audience who you are, explain your ethics and values; transparency: why it’s important and how to do it day-to-day; building trust into beats; engaging with your audience; separate opinion content from news; connecting revenue to trust; build trust by helping people navigate the news; and next steps.

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Last updated on 14 February 2023

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