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 PMA Global Grant scheme.

Climate change and migration (Free course)

Starting: 14 February 

This free online course, offered by the Climate and Migration Coalition, will explore the link between climate change and migration in the space of 10 months. Each month there will be a two live streaming session, with one hour lecture on topics spanning across different themes (politics, policy, complex crises) followed by discussion. No requirements are necessary to attend and there will be no assignments or coursework as part of the course.


World Press Institute Fellowships 

Deadline: 15 February

Journalists with at least five years of full-time employment in print, broadcast or online journalism are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Fellows will get into an intensive programme that will expose them to the U.S. founding principles of free press and journalistic best practices, the U.S. history and current affairs and the challenges faced by the media in the region, while reporting on social economic and political issues.

Participants will receive a guided tour across the country where they will meet with and interview experts in media outlets, think tans and advocacy organisations.

Fellows will also write for the WPI website. WPI will pay for transportation including flights to the U.S., accommodation, and food.

Selection announcements will be made in early May.


Media Workshop on climate change reporting in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh

Deadline: 17 February

This project by the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) focuses on boosting climate science and adaptation around the Bay of Bengal.

The workshops will give journalists – from print, digital, radio and TV –  the possibility to interact with climate experts and go on a field trip to deepen their understanding of climate-related issues and improve the quality of their reporting.

Specifically, the workshop with focus on how communities along the coast are responding to environmental challenges.

The workshop will be held in Bangladesh on February 26-28 and EJN will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals for participants.


2019 Reporting Award

Deadline: 19 February 

Journalists from the age 21 are invited to apply to the 2019 Reporting Award. The award gives up to £12,500 for a significant report in any medium, especially those on under-reported subject which are of public interest. There can only two winners who may receive a different amount of money.

In addition, winners will gain access to New York University’s library resources and work space at the Carter Institute for the duration of their reporting period.


Solution Hack for Journalists 

Deadline: 26 February 

This free 2-day masterclass – organised by The Lookout Station, Disrupt Design, Sitra and City of Joensuu – will give 16 journalists insight on how to get a big picture of climate and global challenges and assess green solutions at business, industrial and city levels. The Helsinki edition will focus on how Finland is tackling climate challenge to work towards a more sustainable future and will offer training on the Disruptive Design Method (DDM), a new journalistc method for research and reporting.

Flights, accommodation and most meals will be covered by the organisers.


Asia-Pacific Climate Change and Environmental Story Grants

Deadline: 28 February

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering grants to help journalists in the Asia-Pacific region carry out investigative reporting on climate, environmental change or natural resource management. Proposals with a particular emphasis on how women and other marginalised groups are impacted by climate change are strongly encouraged.

Applicants from all types of media – including freelancers – need to have a rack record of climate change reporting or other kind of environmental issues reporting.


Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Deadline: 6 March 

Journalists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Greece and Serbia are eligible to apply for this fellowship organised by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). The theme for this year’s fellowship is freedom. 10 journalists will be chosen and will receive funding and professional support to conduct in dept research and report on topics around the theme.

Fellows will receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 towards travel and research expenses. Throughout the fellowship they will also attend international seminars and receive one-to-one mentoring for their stories.


International Reporting Workshop

7 March 2019  

This day-long workshops inspire and enable the next generation of documentary filmmakers, journalists and media makers to cover stories from the wider world through interactive sessions that highlight the skills necessary to deliver outstanding reporting from developing countries.


Grierson DocLab 2019 [UK only]

Deadline: 15 March

UK resident of 18-25 years old with a passion for TV and storytelling are invited to apply to this mentoring scheme, which offers support for those who want to pursue a career in factual programme making. The scheme includes a residential training programme, mentoring support, the possibility to attend the Sheffield Doc/Fest and a paid placement with a production company.


International Reporting Workshop

3 April 2019

Our day-long workshops inspire and enable the next generation of documentary filmmakers, journalists and media makers to cover stories from the wider world through interactive sessions that highlight the skills necessary to deliver outstanding reporting from developing countries.


The Production Fund

Deadline: 10 April 2019

Since its launch in 2001, the One World Media Production Fund has supported 184 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 72 developing countries. The fund provides each recipient with a £1,000 grant, one-to-one mentoring, invaluable workshops on sound, editing and post production led by industry experts and introductions to commissioners. Call for entries opens: 18 Feb 2019.


AIBD TV Awards

Deadline: 12 April

The Asia-Pacific Institute fro Broadcasting Development (AIBD) is calling for worldwide entries for its World TV Awards 2018, for the two categories: ‘Category HUMANITY for The Best Television Documentary on Technology and Humanity – The Impact’ and ‘Category SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENT for The Best TV Programme on ‘Taming the Sea of Plastic’.

Both public and private sector media organisations as well as freelancers are eligible to apply. Winners will receive USS 5,000 in cash, a trophy and a certificate by AIBD.


ICFJ Knight Fellow, Data Journalism, Central/Eastern Europe

Deadline: Rolling basis

The International Center for Journalists seeks outstanding applicants with a strong background in data journalism for a one-year ICFJ Knight Fellowship to promote data-driven reporting techniques in Central and Eastern Europe. The Fellow will work with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which supports a network of investigative journalism centers around the region that specialize in uncovering organized crime and large-scale corruption in government and industry.


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



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.