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.

Malawi Radio Reporting Awards

Deadline: 7 September

Organised by the the Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) and the Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI) these awards are specially for community radio programmes that investigate the impact of procurement, distribution and use of primary textbooks for primary schools in Malawi.

Programmes submitted for consideration should last between 15 and 30 minutes and build upon each other in a linear way. Scripts have to be included, and be sent in person, via mail or electronically. Entries must have been broadcast between May 1 and August 31 2018, in either English, Chichewa or any other local language.

There are four awards available of US$600, US$400 and US$250, respectively.


ICFJ/Connectas Fellowship

Deadline: 9 September 

The Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas, organised by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with CONNECTAS, focuses on strengthening independent and quality journalism in the region.

The programme to journalists with a minimum of 5 years of experience residing in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Santa Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago or Venezuela.

Successful applicants will receive a reporting grant of US$3,000 to complete the investigation in five months, as well as mentoring and advice.


UNCA Awards

Deadline: 15 September

Journalists and media organisations from all around the world who have been covering the work of the United Nations, its agencies and field operations are invited to apply for this award. There are three awards available for print and online coverage, broadcast (TV & Radio) media, and for the coverage of sustainable issues, climate change, biodiversity and water.

The work submitted must be published between September 2017 and August 2018. Entries can be written in any of the official UN languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian) but they need to be accompanied by a transcript in English or French.

The prizes total over US$60,000 that will be distributed among the winners, which will be announced at the awards ceremony in December in New York.


Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship

Deadline: 28 September

This fellowship based at Harvard offers short-term research opportunities to those interested in working on projects aimed at advancing journalism. Candidates do not need to be practicing journalists but need to show the ways in which their proposed work would improve journalism’s future.

The fellows will be available to use the resources available at Harvard and MIT to either develop a project that can be completed during their fellowship or as a part of a bigger work that continues after. Fellows will be expected to share their progress and findings.

The fellowship is aavilable to both US and international applicants. There is no age limit or academic prerequisite, and no degree requirements.

Fellows not supported by their employer will receive a stipend of $1,350 per week and accommodation will also be available.


ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme

Deadline: 28 September

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)  is offering practical solidarity to journalists resident in Turkey. The Journalists-in-Residence programme was designed to provide temporary shelter for journalists who face harassment and intimidation as a direct result of their work.

Journalists holding a Turkish passport and who are currently based in Turkey can apply for a three to six months stay between November 2018 and June 2019. The programme provides a furnished apartment in Leipzig and a monthly grant of EUR 1,000 and covers costs for visa, travel to and from Leipzig, health insurance package and training or therapists if needed.

Journalists will need to have command of either English, French or German.


Money Trail Grants

Deadline: 30 September

Journalism.eu is offering working grants for intercontinental teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in those regions. The grants are part of a larger Money Trail project. Each team must consist of journalists from at least two of the continents listed. There will be 10 applications rounds over three years and the total amount per call is around €50.000.


TruthBuzz Fellowship

Deadline: 30 September

This initiative is designed to find new ways to help verified facts reach the widest possible audience and is currently looking for full-time fellows to works in newsrooms across India, Indonesia, Nigeria and the United States. The aim is to increase audience trust in the media by communicating verified information in a compelling way.

Fellows will work with two or three partner media organisation in each of the countries to enhance collaboration. All fellows will receive a monthly honorarium and a professional allowance to supplement their work with partner newsrooms

The fellowship will last six month and is in English.  Applicants living and working in the target countries are strongly preferred.


Covering Children and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Deadline: 1 October 

This four-day journalism workshop will be held in Amman, Jordan on January 20-23, 2019 with a key focus on the Syrian refugee crisis and response. The workshop is specifically designed for local, regional and international reporters who are already covering the Syrian refugee crisis. During the three days, journalists will get together with  international policy experts, scientists and practitioners working on early childhood development in a refugee context, to discuss the effects of trauma and possible interventions. The programme will offer guidance and best practices for reporting on the issue for both local and international news.

The workshop will be in both English and Arabic with simultaneous translation and is open to 20 journalists. 10 must be from Jordan and neighbouring countries, and 10 from other parts of the world.

Costs for the round trip travel, accommodation, transportation and most meals will be covered.


International Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtueña

Deadline: 9 November

This photography contest organised by Doctors of the World Spain (Médicos del Mundo España) aims to shed light on humanitarian issues. This contest is open to adult amateur and professional photographers from all around the world. The photographs must tell a story about humanitarian action, social exclusion, human rights violations, natural disasters, immigrant populations, international cooperation or armed conflicts.

Participants will be allowed to submit 10 photographs maximum in a digital format, taken between January 2017 and October 2018.

The winner will receive a grant of 6,000euros to develop a photography project related to the work of Mdm-Spain, in either Spain on another country where the organisation is working.


Fund for Environmental Journalism (US)

Deadline: 15 November

Organised by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the fund aims to support public service reporting on environment and the journalists who make it possible. The theme for this year’s submission is “U.S. Drinking Water, Storm Water”. The funds received can be used to cover travel related to the project, training, research material and other related expenses.

The application is open to members and non-members, but don’t members will have to pay an application fee of $40. In addition, applicants need to be a professional journalists who would qualify for membership.


Harry M. Davis Nieman Fellowship in Science Journalism

Deadline: 1 December

Both US and international journalists are eligible for this fellowship opportunities at Harvard, which will take place in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Fellows will receive a stipend for the year and will have access to schools, labs and research centers at the university. They will also have the opportunity to take classes at other local universities, such as MIT, and to interact with the scientific community in the area.


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.