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.

Fellowship in Data Journalism (Central/Eastern Europe)

Deadline: 14 December
 The International Center for Journalists is looking for applicants with a strong background in data journalism. The successful participants will spend on year to promote data-driven reporting techniques in Central and Eastern Europe. The fellow will collaborate with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) around the region.

Applicants must have experience in training others in data journalism techniques and have a good knowledge of English.


Spring School on Media & Migration

Deadline 15 December 2017

The African Media Initiative is inviting 15 journalists from Africa to apply for the Spring School on Media and Migration, which will take place on 12-18 March 2018 in Dakar, Senegal.

The school wants to connect journalists from African and European countries to promote the quality of reporting on all aspects of migration in Africa and Europe.

To apply you will need the following documents: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, a work sample, and a letter of recommendation from the editor. These documents must be submitted to Alain Ngono at angono@africanmediainitiative.org

 The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism at CUNY

Deadline: 15 December

Journalists with 5 years of experience can apply for this fellowship organised by the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY) to support in-depth coverage of business and the global economy.  The fellowship has the aim to allow journalists the time and financial support needed to produce thorough pieces of investigative journalism. Applicants can submit text, video or audio ideas and the fellowship particularly encourage applications for multimedia storytelling.The fellowship will give editorial supervision and a grant of $5,000 a month for one to three months that can be extended for particular proposals. Candidates should have a strong background of reporting in their field.

The fellowship is open to freelance journalists as well as reporters and editors working at news organisations. Submissions from international journalists are also eligible as long as their reporting is completed in English and targeted to a U.S. media outlet and audience.


United Nations Democracy Fund 

Deadline: 20 December

Civil society organisations can apply for funding that aim to advance and support democracy and promote human rights.

The projects are two years long and applicants can requests a grant of a minimum of US$100,000 up to a maximum of US$300,000.

The majority of UNDF funds go to local civil society organisations that operate both in places where democracy is both consolidating and in transition. Projects can fall in one or more of the following areas: gender equality, community activism, rule of law and human rights, youth engagement, strengthening civil society interaction with government, media and freedom of information, tools for knowledge, electoral processes. This round particularly encourage proposals around gender, rule of law, media, or electoral process.


NED Media Grants

Deadline: 22 December 2017

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is giving its annual grants to non governmental organisations from all around the world working to strengthen democratic institutions and goals.

NED is particularly interested in programs that seek to promote and defend human rights, support freedom of information and independent media, promote civic education, and strengthen democratic political processes and institutions.

Organisations working in newly established democracy, semi-authoritarian countries and repressive societies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Grants vary in size according to the project, but the average grant lasts 12 months and it is usually around US$50,000.


Fellowship available for IFAD conference

Deadline: 31 December 2017

The Thomson Reuters Foundation in collaboration with the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will give journalists the chance to attend IFAD’s event on innovative approaches to rural transformation, that will take place 12-15 February 2018.

The fellowship is open to print, broadcasts and online journalists with at least two years of experience and with a good English proficiency. When applying, candidates should provide professional evidence of their interest in rural issues and development.  The fellowship will cover airfares, accommodation, meals and local transportation for journalists coming from developing countries.

After the workshop, successful applicants will have to continue pursuing stories about rural development in their home countries.


The Inge Morath Award

Announced: January 2018

The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.

The call for submissions and guidelines are announced annually by The Magnum Foundation and The Inge Morath Foundation on their web sites, usually in January/February. Winners of the Award are announced in July/August.

[Text from Inge Morath Award]

World Journalist Fellowship to Support International Journalists 

Deadline: 4 January

Apply now to receive support funding for postgraduate enrolment at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The fund is aimed specifically at international students who wish to study within one of the following nine fields:

  • Business and Economic Reporting
  • Cultural Reporting and Criticism
  • Global and Joint Program Studies
  • Literary Reportage
  • Magazine Writing
  • News and Documentary
  • Reporting the Nation & New York
  • Science, Health and Environmental Reporting
  • Studio 20






Providing temporary shelter for European journalists at risk: ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme 

Deadline: 5 January

This programme provides temporary shelter for European journalists with an experience of at least 5 years who face risks and intimidations because of their work. It provides them with a safe environment to work in and recover and also to provide a platform to expose threats to media freedom in their own country.

Journalists should choose a timeslot (Feb – July 2018/ Aug  2018 – Jan 2019) and need to be proficient in either English, French or German.

The EPCMF will provide a furnished apartment in Leipzig, a monthly grant of  €1,000, health insurance and will cover the costs for travel to and from Leipzig.


EJN Asia-Pacific Media Grants

Deadline: 14 January

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering grants to support the creation, growth and capacity building of media and/or environmental information organisations that seek to improve the quality and quantity of climate change and environmental news in Asia and the Pacific region, and especially among marginalised communities.

Proposals should contribute towards at least one of these outcomes:

  • Policy makers, people and communities have improved and reliable access to quality socio-environmental news and information;
  • Improved organizational capacity to report on socio-environment issues in an accurate and compelling way;
  • Improved organizational capacity to produce greater quantity and quality of socio-environmental news and information;
  • Reduced exclusion of marginalized groups in socio-environmental information;
  • Peer and multi-stakeholder engagement around socio-environmental issues.

Applications should include some form of knowledge sharing and/or capacity building components.  The typical grant will be for up to US$ 20,000 and will support a one year project.  The organisation is also open to multi-year proposals for a bigger amount but which should not be longer than two years.


DART Awards

Deadline: 26 January

The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma honours innovative, ethical and effective reporting of traumatic events such as violence, crime, and disaster, with a focus on victims and survivors and with the wider aim of increasing public’s awareness and understanding of traumatic events and trauma-related issues.

Submissions are open to news organisations and independent journalists across the United States. Eligible work must have been published, iared , or broadcast from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. There is a $50 entry fee.

There are two awards available each worth US$5000.


Deutsche Welle Traineeship 

Deadline: 29 January

Applications are open for this 18 months traineeship where young people from all around the world receive both academic and practical journalism training. For the first six months, trainees will follow seminars and then will spend their time in various Deutsche Welle editorial departments in Germany, Brussels, US or Russia. Trainees will earn a starting salary of €1,590 per month and receive two other raises over the course of the traineeship.

Applicants must have proficiency in English and German.







Arthur F. Burns Fellowship 

Deadline: 31 January 2018 (German Applicants) 

Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young journalists, age 40 and under, the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations.


Journalism Grants

Deadline: 21 February

New grants from the European Journalism Centre worth €200,000 for reporting on opportunities for women in developing countries.

“Whether tackling women’s lifelong learning, health, jobs, entrepreneurship, or new roles in their communities, the projects pitched should be original, under-reported, critical and nuanced.”


 European Journalism Fellowships

Deadline: 28 February

European and American journalists can apply for this programme in Berlin organised by the International Center for Journalism at the Freie Universität.

The university offers two types of journalism scholarships from October 2018 to July 2019, including a fellowship at the European Journalism Observatory (EJO). Participants can spend a sabbatical year pursuing their research project and widening their knowledge

Applications must be in English or German.


Reporting trip to Haiti 

Deadline: 28 February

Organised by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Instituto Político para la Libertad (IPL), the programme “Reporting from Haiti” wants to bring Haitian stories and lives to other countries across Latin America. Two experienced journalists will be able to spend two weeks in Haiti in April 2018, where they will cover youth and women’s role in the country.

After their trip, journalists will be expected to write at least one opinion piece and a feature article in a format of their choice.






Arthur F. Burns Fellowship – (Canadian & US Applicants)

Deadline: 1 March

Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young journalists, age 40 and under, the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organisations.


IAMCR Travel Grants 2018

Deadline: 20 March

The International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR) is giving 15 travel grants to allow early-stage scholars to attend the IAMCR confrence in Eugene, USA in June 2018.

Each grant is worth US$1,500 and is available to scholars who are members of IAMCR in good standing, reside in low/middle income countries and have papers accepted for presentation at the conference.

The application form will be accessible in February 2018. Applicants can only submit their form if their proposal has been formally accepted for presentation.


Bertha Britdoc Journalism Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

“The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.”

“We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.”

Bertha’s grantees have included Oscar and BAFTA winning CITIZENFOUR and Oscar nominated Virunga, The Square and Dirty Wars. To find out more about the fund and eligibility, click the link below.


[Text from Bertha Foundation/Britdoc]

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


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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.