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.

Featured Opportunity

Covering Climate Now – Call for organisations to participate

Deadline: Ongoing 


Launched by the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) and The Nation, Covering Climate Now seeks to put climate change at the forefront of reporting. Through this project the members are committed to running a week of concentrated climate coverage beginning 16 September, in the build up to the UN’s Climate Action Summit. So far 60 organisations are taking part, including a range of independent and public broadcasters, such as The Guardian, CBS News, Vox, The World (BBC), and many more organisations from around the world. 


EJC Global Health Journalism Grant Programme – Germany and France

Deadline: 8 August

The European Journalism Centre’s awards journalism projects on global health, health policy and development related issues in order to develop global health coverage within French and German media and raise awareness of important global health issues for audiences. The grant is open to freelancers, staff journalists and newsrooms.


Thomas Foundation Young Journalist Award

Deadline: 16 August

Calls for entries are now open for the Thomas Foundation’s annual Young Journalist Award. In partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association, the award encourages journalists aged 30 and under, working in a country with a Gross National Income (GNI) of less than $20,000, to send their best stories based on ‘stories that are revelatory, prompt public debate and have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society.’


Mudawanant: Podcasting programme accepting contributors

Deadline: 25 August 

Mudawanant is a joint project by Culture Resource and the British Council. It aims to disperse engaging information surrounding arts and culture in Arabic through various ways across the web. This opportunity seeks 12 individuals from around the Middle East to contribute to a two season podcast series. The applicants can be from any artistic background, e.g. actors, writers, podcasters, artists, etc, and will need to be able to transpose information in inventive and creative ways.


Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship calls for applications [Latin America] 

Deadline 28 August

This fellowship seeks to enhance journalists’ skills within investigative reporting, generally or in specialist areas such as immigration, environment, science, technology or business. It is open to Latin American journalists who are fluent in Spanish and proficient in English and working as freelance journalists or for a news organisation. Applicants should be early-to mid- career journalists.  

This programme runs for two weeks from 7th October – 19th October in Lima, Peru.


BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalism Awards

Deadline: 31 August

BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme is running its Student Journalism awards for their second year to celebrate the best of student journalism.

Prizes include an offer of a paid position on the BBC News Journalism Trainee Scheme as well as a work experience placement with the Today Programme.

Categories include Best Student Broadcaster, Publication and Journalist of the year and judges are particularly ‘looking for someone who embodies the BBC’s values of impartiality, trustworthiness and excellence, and who’s shown they can serve the needs and interests of a student audience.’


Conectas and OBORÉ Brazil 6th Journalism and Human Rights Information Course continues (Portuguese)

Deadline 31 August     Event: 14 September – 24 October

Twenty students will be chosen to take part in the sixth edition of the Journalism and Human Rights Information Course at Conectas headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil every Saturday from September 14 to October 26. Students will attend conferences covering topics such as torture, structural racism, slave labor, migration, refugees and historical perceptions of international human rights protection systems. 

This course is ideal for university students studying journalism or a related discipline, from Brazil. The course fee is R$998.00, and registration is free. 


Frontline Club hosts journalism awards (Worldwide) 

Deadline 2 September

This award recognizes and celebrates emerging and established journalists who have demonstrated integrity, courage and independence throughout their work. 

Applicants can submit work published or broadcast between 1st September 2018 – 31st August 2019 in one of three categories: photojournalism, broadcast, print and online.


IWMF Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists

Deadline: 5 September

The fund seeks to support female journalists from around the world with journalism projects as well as professional development. This includes support for exposing ‘under-reported but critical global issues’ as well as for skills training, leadership opportunities and media development initiatives.

The fund will be given to individual full time professional working journalists or teams which are at least 50% female.


Calling College Journalists of Color! Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program

Deadline 8 September

ProPublica is offering an Emerging Reporters Programme. This programme is open for journalists of colour based in the US. The 5 successful applicants will receive a $9,000 stipend and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and Pro Publica’s office in New York.


UN awards – call for submissions 

Deadline 15 September

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites journalists worldwide to submit entries; print, broadcast or online, on coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and their field operations.

The three awards cover; Print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies and print and broadcast media covering climate change/ biodiversity, and water. 

Coverage must be published between September 2018 – August 2019. 

Entries can be submitted in English, French, Arabic, Chinese Spanish and Russian, accompanied by a written English or French transcript. 


Registration for talent bank for Brazilian public broadcaster

Deadline: 17 September

Brazil’s public broadcaster, TV Cultura, are recruiting students interested in media and communications to join their talent pool for departments across journalism, sports, children’s and educational programmes in Sao Paulo and give them an opportunity to work with one of Brazil’s prominent broadcasters.

Applicants may be called at any time to do camera and reading tests.


Media freedom & investigative journalism – Call for proposals

Deadline: 27 September

‘The European Union is making EUR 4.175 million available for Actions aiming at supporting media freedom and investigative journalism.’

The fund will focus on 3 Actions in particular: a pilot project to prevent the violations and ensure the safety of journalists and media freedom; for cross-border investigative journalism as well as support investigative journalism and media freedom in the EU with a range of activities such as raising awareness of the importance of and promoting media freedom.


British Journalism Awards  

Deadline: 30th September 

The British Journalism Awards is run by the Press Gazette and has been running since 2012. It is open to British journalists and boosts 50 + judges. Applications are now open across many categories including new journalist of the year, local journalism, foreign affairs, sports journalism and many more. The event will take place in December. 


Global Prize: Photography 4 Humanity

Deadline: 15 October

Partnered with the United Nations, Cause Flash and David Clarke Cause, Photography 4 Humanity are seeking the best human rights photography for their global prize. Photographs must demonstrate a compelling human rights cause and expose the challenges individuals and communities face in different regions across the world. 

All images must be taken within 3 years of entry date, and applicants must be over 18 years old.


The West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: 15 October

The World Press Photo Foundation and the Chocoloney Foundation are looking for three emerging visual journalists to take part in a one year fellowship programme starting in 2020. The applicants must be local to Burkina Faso, Ghana or the Ivory Coast. The fellowship will require the chosen journalists to produce a visual story on their local communities. They will be awarded a production grant of $5,000, along with a maintenance grant of $5,000 to cover production and living expenses. The fellows will also receive mentoring and workshops from top industry professionals.


Humanitarian photography contest open [Worldwide]

Deadline 8 November

Amateur and professional photographers can compete for this grant. 

Spain-based Doctors of the World seeks entries for the International Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtueña. The award was created as a tribute to Luis Valtueña, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo and Mercedes Navarro, aid workers killed in Rwanda in 1997 and Bosnia in 1995.

Photos must cover any of the following themes: humanitarian action, international cooperation and social exclusion, human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, refugee and immigrant populations, socially excluded groups, etc.

Contestants can submit up to 10 photographs, which can be part of a series or not. 

The first prize winner will receive a grant of EUR6,000 (US$6,718) intended to carry out a photographic project about topics related to the activity of Doctors of the World.

(Text taken from ijnet)


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

Deadline: Ongoing

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.


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.


GNI Fellowship

Deadline: Ongoing

The Google News Initiative Fellowship connects students who want to explore the intersection between journalism and technology with news organisations.

The successful candidates will kick off their careers in the news industry by spending their summer working with experts in newsrooms and creating a professional network.

In 2019 the European Journalism Centre offers 40 fellowship placements in 11 European countries. The GNI Fellowship is funded by the Google News Initiative and is also available worldwide. Find out more about the programme in non-EU countries here.

[Text from European Journalism Centre and Google News Initiative]