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.

Training for young media makers on migration (Scandinavia)

Deadline: 9 December

Young media makers from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway can apply to participate in a five day seminar to learn effective reporting on diversity and migration. Participants will learn about media production and will be divided into groups based on their story ideas and experiences. The aim is to produce content that can diversify perspectives on the topic of migration.

Teams will be guided and supervised by an experienced editor throughout their work.

The seminar will take place in March and all the workshops will be in English. The programme covers accommodation with three meals , and all travel costs for participant traveling from Finland, Denmark and Norway will be covered up to €120.


Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development

Deadline: 10 December

This is a three-week academic training programme for 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, government, private enterprise, civil society and international development from transitioning countries with 10 to 12 years of experience. During the programme, participants can connect and exchange knowledge and experience as well as receive academic training. Candidates must actively work in one of the fields mentioned above and be at least 28 years old.

The fellowship covers travel, accommodation, living expenses and visa costs.


The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

Deadline: 14 December 

This fellowships supports high-impact coverage of issues related to the global economy, finance and business and allows  journalists with at least five years of professional experience to produce well researched and in investigative or enterprise journalism. . The initiative provides editorial and financial support for journalists who need the time and resources needed to to carry out investigative work.  This is not a residency fellowships as participants will work from their own offices.

Applicants cant submit text, video or audio proposals and those containing multimedia formats are encouraged. . Grants available are up to $15,000 for each project. The amount will vary depending on the specific project  and the fellows’ situation.


NPR Kroc fellowships 

Deadline: 31 December

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.


John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships

Deadline: 31 December (US applicants)

This programmes gives 20 journalists from all around the world the opportunity to get together and address some of the most urgent problems journalism is facing, such as misinformation and disinformation, holding power to account, strengthening local news and fighting bias. Fellows will spend 10 months – from September to June – working on collaborative and individual projects to address these challenges. Participants will also have the chance to participate in workshops and events and also sit in classes. Applicants need to have at least 5 years of experience and can either be a freelance or employed by a news organisation.

The fellowship has several benefits and includes a stipend of $85,000 and additional supplement is available for fellows with children.The costs of Stanford tuition fees and Stanford health care for fellows, spouses and children are also covered.


IWMF Reporting Grants – Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Americas

Deadline: 31 December

Organised by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the Women’s Equality Center, this grants provide support for reporting which focuses on reproductive health, rights and justice in the Americas. Topics might include maternal and reproductive health policies, abortion bans, contraception access and similar.

The grants are open to all women and female-identifying journalists with three or more years of professional experience reporting about and from Argentina, El Salvador, Honduras and the United States. Applications by photographers are also accepted.

The grants vary from $1,000 to $10,000 and the amount will be based on the need, scope and location of the project proposed by the applicant. The funds can be used to cover travel and logistic expenses. All reporting must be completed by June 30, 2019.


Google News Initiative – Asia Pacific Innovation Challenge

Deadline: 9 January

This initiative created by Google, seeks to fund innovative projects targeted at the news industry in the Asia-Pacific region.  Applicants are invited to submit proposals that aim at increasing revenue from readers, such as subscriptions, membership programs, and various digital products and services. Selected projects will receive up to $300,000.


European Cross-Border Grants

Deadline: 14 January

Journalismfund.eu is supporting professional journalists and their ideas for cross-border research and research on European affairs.  Applicants must be working as professional journalists and be living in a Council of Europe country. Other team members from elsewhere can be accepted too depending on the nature of the project proposed.

The amount available is €175,000 distributed over 4 application rounds. The other application rounds will be all across 2019 as follows:

  • 14 April 2019
  • 14 July 2019
  • 14 October 2019


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.


Milena Jesenská Fellowships 

Deadline: 11 February

This fellowship offers European journalists (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey) the opportunity to undertake in-depth research on a topic of their choice. The fellowship will take place from July 2019 to June 2020, during which fellows are invited to spend three months at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria. The call is directed towards cultural journalists working in a variety of intellectual and artistic fields. Applicants work may also be related to issues related to European society.

Applicants must have worked in either print, broadcast or online journalism for several years and have a professional record

They will receive a stipend of €2,500 per month and will have an office and access to administrative and research facilities and other services. Travel grants of up to €1,900 are also available for trips related to research.


Reuters Institute Fellowship

Deadline: 11 February

Journalists in their mid-career can apply for a fellowship at Oxford University, in the United Kingdom offered by the Reuters Institute of the Study of Journalism. The fellowship will begin in October 2019 or January 202 and last one to three terms.

Fellows from all around the world can spend their time researching a subject of their choice related to their work and the broader media industry. They will work with an experienced supervisor to produce a research paper which will be then published and promoted by the Reuters Institute. Fellows will also have the chance to attend seminars and access the university resources as well as visit news organisations such as Thomson Reuters, the BBC, the Economist, the Guardian and more.

Fellows must have at least five years of experience or demonstrate equivalent level of expertise. Most fellowships are fully-funded and also cover living costs and accommodation.


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.


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.