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.

International Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtueña

Deadline: 9 November

This photography contest organised by Doctors of the World Spain (Médicos del Mundo España) aims to shed light on humanitarian issues. This contest is open to adult amateur and professional photographers from all around the world. The photographs must tell a story about humanitarian action, social exclusion, human rights violations, natural disasters, immigrant populations, international cooperation or armed conflicts.

Participants will be allowed to submit 10 photographs maximum in a digital format, taken between January 2017 and October 2018.

The winner will receive a grant of 6,000 euros to develop a photography project related to the work of MDM-Spain, in either Spain on another country where the organisation is working.


Journalists in Action (Workshop)

Deadline: 10 November

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is organising a three days workshop in Jordan to encourage women journalists to engage in investigative reporting.

SuSanA will choose 5 women environmental journalists who will take part in an exchange programme to investigate a current water and sanitation issue in Lebanon and Jordan.

Participants will also go on a fully funded 5 days expedition in either Jordan or Lebanon to develop an investigative story of their choice. The stories will then be published on the SuSanA platform.


Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge

Deadline: 11 November 

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has organised this initiative to support creative ways to produce and distribute high-quality content to better informed the public. Audiences living in Eurasia face an increasing exposure to biased or false information, and countries in the region also face many challenges such as financial constraints and global health issues.

The programme thus offers grants ranging from US$5,000 and US$100,000 to applicants proposing innovative projects to provide high quality news and information to Russian-speaking populations across Eurasia. Proposals can include factual entertainment series, youth-focused content, mobile apps, cultural programmes, documentaries, and radio programmes. Selected applicants will receive the funds needed to develop their project as well as mentoring and technical assistance for the project set up.

Only Russian-language projects will be considered.


Fund for Environmental Journalism (US)

Deadline: 15 November

Organised by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the fund aims to support public service reporting on environment and the journalists who make it possible. The theme for this year’s submission is “U.S. Drinking Water, Storm Water”. The funds received can be used to cover travel related to the project, training, research material and other related expenses.

The application is open to members and non-members, but don’t members will have to pay an application fee of $40. In addition, applicants need to be a professional journalists who would qualify for membership.


World Conference of Science Journalists (Travel Fellowship)

Journalists and students can both apply for a fellowship to travel to and attend the event.

The fellowships aim to enable those who otherwise would not be able to participate in the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in Lausanne, Switzerland on 1-5 July 2019.

The fellowship will cover travel costs, accommodation and transportation as well as the meeting’s registration fee.


Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal media grants

Deadline: 18 November

Journalist networks, media groups and similar organisations that are working to improve the quality and quantity of environmental news coverage throughout Asia and the Pacific are invited to apply for these media grants by the Earth Journalism Network.  The grants give selected applicants the chance to build local capacity for reporting and exchanging information about climate change, natural resource management and the environment in an innovative way.

The grants will be given in two lots. For groups that will focus on the Asia-Pacific region the typical grant will be for up to US$20, 000 and support a one-year project – or bigger projects no longer than two years. For groups working in the Bay of Bengal region the typical grant will average around US$15,000.


Kiplinger Fellowship in Digital Media 

Deadline: 18 November

Professional journalists with more than five years of experience can apply for this fellowship at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens.

20 fellows will be honest for a week-long intensive training which will cover a variety of digital media topic, such as cybersecurity for journalists, data journalism and visualisation, ethical and legal issues an more.

The fellowship will take place in April 7-12 in Columbus, Ohio and will cover accommodations, hotel and most meals. Limited scholarships for fellows selected outside of the US are also available.


Global Short Docs Forum

Deadline: 23 November 

The forum aims to connect filmmakers of documentary shorts with digital platforms. 16 filmmakers from all over the world will attend a 4 days residential workshops. Participants will learn to pitch, will receive mentoring and master classes from experts in the industry as well as one-to-one meetings with decision makers from online platforms.

GSDF is open to global application and for documentary projects up to 30 minutes, in either production or late stages of development with existing footage.

The forum will be hosted in Ukraine, by Docudays UA Film Festival and all expenses will be paid.


Harry M. Davis Nieman Fellowship in Science Journalism

Deadline: 1 December

Both US and international journalists are eligible for this fellowship opportunities at Harvard, which will take place in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Fellows will receive a stipend for the year and will have access to schools, labs and research centers at the university. They will also have the opportunity to take classes at other local universities, such as MIT, and to interact with the scientific community in the area.


NPR Kroc fellowships 

This is a yearlong programmes for recent graduates who are interested in public radio journalism. Fellows will receive training in audio and digital journalism as well as writing, reporting, producing and editing. Participants will work alongside senior reporters, producers and editors and will receive instruction in writing for radio and digital audiences.

Applicants must be close to completing an undergraduate or graduate degree or have obtained a degree no more than one year prior to Dec 31. Experience in journalism or public radio is not necessary.

The fellowship begins each year in late August/early September for 12 months. Fellows receive a stipend of more than US$45,000, paid vacation and benefits.


Zenith Reporting Grant

Deadline: 19 January

Young journalists interested in the Arab world and working in the Middle East or North Africa are eligible to apply for this grant which promotes in-depth journalism and gives a chance to young journalists to work intensively on a topic for several days or weeks.

The grant will support three journalistic research projects with a maximum amount of 2000 euros each.

Applicants shouldn’t be older than 32 years old, and a team of two or more journalists can apply.


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.