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

Deutsche Welle Akademie Traineeship

Deadline: 24 January 2020

The traineeship is offered to young people from all over the world with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines, from science to IT and aspire to become journalists. They will gain experience and learn and develop skills necessary for the future of journalism while working in an international broadcaster.

The traineeship last for 18 months, starting in September 2020 and includes opportunities such as 6 months of seminars and paid editor training.

The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2020

Deadline: 13 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.


Stars4Media Exchange and Training Programme for Young Professionals

Deadline: 20 January 2020

“Stars4Media is an exchange and training programme for young media professionals (“rising stars”) between cooperating media organisations, to accelerate media innovation and cross-border coverage in Europe. Stars4Media will encourage innovation through skill-building activities between paired media organisations to test ideas, produce contents and develop initiatives around 4 strategic themes.” They include trust in media and data for media.

“This project is developed by VUB University, Fondation EURACTIV, WAN-IFRA, and the European Federation of Journalists, and it is co-funded by the European Union.”

[Text sourced from Fondation EURACTIV]


Amnesty International Media Awards 2020
Amnesty Media Awards 2020

Deadline: 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]


Deutsche Welle Akademie Traineeship

Deadline: 24 January 2020

The traineeship is offered to young people from all over the world with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines, from science to IT and aspire to become journalists. They will gain experience and learn and develop skills necessary for the future of journalism while working in an international broadcaster.

The traineeship last for 18 months, starting in September 2020 and includes opportunities such as 6 months of seminars and paid editor training.


Reuters Institute Journalist Fellowship

Deadline: 3 February 2020

The new wave of applications is now open for the Reuters Institute Journalist Fellowship. To find out what they are looking for and what you can get out of the fellowship, watch the video and click on the ‘More Info’ button below.


One World Media Awards 2020

Deadline: 13 February 2020

One World Media will be officially opening the One World Media Awards 2020 for entries on Jan 7th 2020!  Across 15 categories, including Digital Media, Environmental Reporting, Feature, Refugee Reporting and more, the awards recognise and celebrate the best media coverage of developing countries.

The awards are a “unique opportunity to be recognised by some of the industry’s top professionals and to gain a wider audience for your work” and are “diverse and open to entries from anywhere in the world.”


The Southern African Journalists’ Bursary

Deadline: 15 February 2020

“International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe + Kenia) and up to five young German journalists. For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.”

[Text taken from International Journalists’ Programmes]


UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020

Deadline: 15 February 2020

“UNESCO invites the governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as international and regional professional non-governmental organizations, active in the field of press freedom, to nominate candidates for next year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.”

The prize is $25,000, which will be awarded on 23 April 2020 during the World Press Freedom Conference in The Hague.

Calls on organisations to submit session proposals are by 10 January 2020 and individuals to pre-register attendance by 6 March 2020.

[Text taken from UNESCO]


2020 Public Media Journalists Association Awards  (US)

Deadline: 1 March 2020

Entries are open for the 2020 PMJA annual awards. This opportunity allows local public radio stations or regional public radio networks to submit work under several categories, including Breaking News, Short Documentary, Long Documentary, Multi-Media Presentation, Podcast as well as Collaborative effort (where two or more local public radio stations collaborate on productions).

For more information on eligibility and criteria for each category, follow the link below:


Investigative reporting online course

Duration: 3 February – 1 March 2020

“This course will provide both beginner journalists and advanced investigators with great new tools to use. A team of four journalists with decades of experience in investigating everything from political corruption to environmental hazards to human rights atrocities will show off the latest tools for organizing collaborations, for digging deeper with digital tools, for tapping crowd-sourcing to investigate and for tackling seemingly impossible stories.”

[Text sourced from Journalism Courses]


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 Fellowships

Deadline: Ongoing 

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is looking for outstanding journalists with a background in digital journalism, training or coaching, to work “in key areas of innovation such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship and business models, technology creation and adoption, diverse voices in news, investigative reporting, digital security and specialized reporting on health, gender and development.”

“Fellowships are typically a minimum of one year, and may be extended by ICFJ depending on funding and the opportunity for greater impact. Fellowship projects must produce measurable results.”

Proposals for fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but there are other opportunities to apply for that can be found on the website.

[Text from ICFJ]

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.” Individuals, NGOs and media outlets can apply for support.

[Text sourced from RSF]

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.


Deadline: Ongoing

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers several ongoing grants “to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media.” These include the International Reporting Grant, Rainforest Journalism Fund and Bringing Stories Home: Local Reporting Grants. Freelance and staff journalists from news outlets can apply.

Find out how to apply and the other grants available via the link below.


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 17 January 2020.

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