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

Cross-border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans

Deadline: 15 November

The Center for Media, Data, and Society (CMDS) at the Central European University in Budapest is offering an investigative reporting training course which is open for journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The course is broken down into a two-day training course in Serbia, which takes place on the 10-11 December, followed by an online course lasting 8 weeks. The course is designed for journalists who have some experience in investigative reporting but will also enhance skills with updated reporting techniques; include a multimedia approach to research and storytelling; cover risk and security and cross-border collaboration.


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)


Cross-border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans

Deadline: 15 November

The Center for Media, Data, and Society (CMDS) at the Central European University in Budapest is offering an investigative reporting training course which is open for journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The course is broken down into a two-day training course in Serbia, which takes place on the 10-11 December, followed by an online course lasting 8 weeks. The course is designed for journalists who have some experience in investigative reporting but will also enhance skills with updated reporting techniques; include a multimedia approach to research and storytelling; cover risk and security and cross-border collaboration.


Fund for Environmental Journalism

Deadline: 15 November

The Society of Environmental Journalists is offering awards of up to $5,000 bi-annually for ‘public service reporting on environment’ stories which could ‘otherwise not have been reported’. The grant can be used for expenses such as translation, multimedia production and travel.

(Text taken from SEJ)


Research grants focusing on Arab Society

Deadline: 17 November

This research grant is for journalists/ researchers who focus their work on Arab society. The grant is supported by  the International Development Research Center (IDRC) , the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Andrew Foundation Mellon.

The theme for the research is Health and Livelihoods in the Arab Region: Welfare, Vulnerability and Conflict. This opportunity will provide grants of up to $20,000 to individual researchers, up to $35,000 for research groups and a maximum of $50,000 for research teams. Priority is given to individuals/ teams currently residing in the Arab religion.

The duration of each grant is no longer than 18 months for individual researchers and research teams, and no longer than 24 months for research groups and institutions. 


New media contest seeks entries (Worldwide)

Deadline: 22 November (general), 13 December (student) 

This award, organised by Bournemouth University, seeks to promote innovative ways in which we tell stories. This competition showcases inventive and creative stories which utilizes a variety of formats, platforms and digital media. The stories are to be shown on a PC/ Mac, the web or a hand-held electronic device. The story should use words, images, film or animation which invites the audience to interact through a short story, novel documentary of poem. 

Awards are as follows; ifbook UK New Media Award (£1,000), Unicorn Traning student winner (£750). Gorkana Jounalism Award (£750), Dot Award (£500) and Skylab Innovation award (£5000). 


Smithsonian photo contest 2019

Deadline: 30 November

Applicants from all around the world can apply to receive one of eight prizes. The grand prize contests of $2,500 and a sponsored travel trip. The other winners will receive a prize of $500.

The following are the 6 categories in which applicants can apply

  1. Natural World
  2. Travel
  3. People
  4. The American Experience
  5. Altered Images
  6. Mobile

To be eligible your photograph must have been shot since January 2017. Applicants can submit up to 15 photographs for each category.


The Future News Pilot Fund: Call for ideas

Deadline: 8 December 2019

This pilot fund is being run by Nesta, assigned to by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for innovative and “new approaches to public interest news, as recommended by the Cairncross Review. This pilot fund will be used to shape decisions about a larger fund in the future.” They are looking for ideas that “reimagine engagement and could improve financial sustainability of public interest news.”

The fund is offering successful organisations between £20,000–£100,000.

(Text sourced from NESTA)



Deadline: 11 December 2019

Prix Jeunesse aims to promote quality children’s TV content and their latest competition seeks channels, streaming services and production companies to enter work which is aimed for children (2-15 years old). Entries have to be innovative, original and produced within the last 2 years. The theme for Prix Jeunesse International 2020 is ‘The Power of Sound’; however, entries do not need to fit this theme.


European Press Prize 2020

Deadline: 13 December 2019

For the 2020 edition of the European Press Prize, journalists working working in Europe or working for a media organisation within the continent can submit work under the categories: Investigative Reporting, Distinguished Reporting, Innovation and Opinion. A final ‘Special Award’ will be given on the night of the awards ceremony in May. The prize is to highlight quality journalism within the continent.


Thomson Foundation Journalism Now Scholar Programme

Deadline: 13th December 2019

The Journalism Now programme is ‘a series of online interactive courses designed and led by industry experts providing the latest in digital and multimedia skills. The global learning environment gives exclusive access to live training and mentoring sessions, run by leading journalists, and a unique knowledge-sharing platform.’ The 5-week Journalism Now Scholar programme will cover newsgathering and data journalism skills; multimedia storytelling; audience engagement and using platforms appropriately.  The course is now open and students have until 13th December to complete it.

(Text sourced from Thomson Foundation)


NPR Kroc Fellowship Application and Program Information

Deadline: 31 December 2019

The NPR Kroc Fellowship is now open for its 13th year for recent graduates to help develop their writing, audio, editing and production skills for radio and online. The fellowship lasts for one year and trains fellows to be the public media journalists of the future. Some fellows have even gone on to stay with NPR or an NPR member station. No previous journalism or radio experience is necessary.


The Press Freedom Incentive Fund

Deadline: 31 December 2019

The Press Freedom Incentive Fund, part of the PEN Across America initiative, supports new initiatives to invigorate local communities with ideas, information, questions, and discourse around press freedom defense. Proposals may center on events, panel discussions, campaigns, outreach efforts, educational initiatives, workshops, media outlet partnerships, and other formats that can be effective in building local press freedom constituencies (a list of possible ideas for inspiration is contained in the FAQs below). Priority will be given to proposals that have the potential to reach a significant and diverse audience, engage and sustain that audience over time, and facilitate partnership with local groups and organizations. PEN are accepting any activities and projects planned until 31st December 2019 and will offer grants of between $1,000-$4,000.

(Text sourced from PEN)


The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2020

Deadline: 13th January 2020

“The Orwell Prizes aim to encourage good writing and thinking about politics.” Journalists are encouraged to submit 3 examples of work based on sustained reportage and/or commentary in any medium, whether it be in print, television or radio, or a combination of different media. International entries are also accepted, granted it has relevance for the UK or Ireland.

The ‘Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’ is also still open.


Amnesty International Media Awards 2020
Amnesty Media Awards 2020

Deadline: Thursday 23 January 2020

‘Amnesty International UK is inviting entries for its 28th annual Media Awards, a prestigious set of awards that recognise the vital role journalists play and the serious risks they face in highlighting human rights abuses around the world.’

Categories include news in written and broadcast format; radio and podcasts; investigation; features; student journalist; documentaries; photojournalism; regional media; digital innovation; The Gaby Rado Award for New Journalist and the Outstanding Impact Award.

(Text sourced from Amnesty International)


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.


BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

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]


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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 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

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.


Last updated on 8 November 2019.

If you have any suggestions for grants applications and other opportunities please email PMA at editor@publicmediaalliance.org.