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.

Climate change and migration (Free course)

Next lecture: 14 March 

This free online course, offered by the Climate and Migration Coalition, will explore the link between climate change and migration in the space of 10 months. Each month there will be a two live streaming session, with one hour lecture on topics spanning across different themes (politics, policy, complex crises) followed by discussion. No requirements are necessary to attend and there will be no assignments or coursework as part of the course.


Grierson DocLab 2019 [UK only]

Deadline: 15 March

UK resident of 18-25 years old with a passion for TV and storytelling are invited to apply to this mentoring scheme, which offers support for those who want to pursue a career in factual programme making. The scheme includes a residential training programme, mentoring support, the possibility to attend the Sheffield Doc/Fest and a paid placement with a production company.


Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

Deadline: 17 March

Organised by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), this fellowship offers academic and professional opportunities to advance the reporting skills of women journalists who cover human rights and social justice issues. Applicants can be either affiliated or freelance and should have at least three years of professional experience working in print, broadcast or digital media.

The fellowship is open to female journalists from all nationalities, but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills. Fellows will conduct research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.



Democracy Undone – Reporting Fellowship 

Deadline: 17 March 

The GroundTruth Project is offering 5 fellowships of 2 months each to cover the rise of populist authoritarian governments.

Emerging journalists from all around and working with any medium the world are eligible to apply. This targeted coverage will also set the basis for the GroundTruth Podcast, and all applicants should include ideas for how they would convey reporting via compelling audio. Prior experience with audio is not required.

The fellowship offers USD10,000 to each fellow to cover a project budget for travel/lodging expenses, risk assessment, insurance and training, compensasion for stories and podcast episodes produced.


Global Youth and News Media Prize – Planet Award 

Deadline: 25 March

This worldwide award celebrates news content that serves, supports and engages young audiences. There are three categories available for the 2019 edition. The planet award honours reporting or initiatives that provide young audiences with the relevant information on climate change and the overall state of the planet.

Entries can be self-submitted or nominated by a third party. The presentation of the award will be at the Eurasian Media Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 23-24 May 2019.


International Reporting Workshop

3 April 2019

Our day-long workshops inspire and enable the next generation of documentary filmmakers, journalists and media makers to cover stories from the wider world through interactive sessions that highlight the skills necessary to deliver outstanding reporting from developing countries.


2019 Data Journalism Awards 

Deadline: 7 April

This competition, organised by the Global Editors Network (GEN), is open to media companies, nonprofit organisations, freelancers and staff journalists from all over the world.  The award celebrates compelling data-driven investigations, stories, websites and projects that highlight public interest issues.

There are 12 categories available, including  data visualisation of the year, investigation of the year, news data app of the year, data journalism website of the year, best data journalism team (large newsroom), student and young data journalist of the year, and more. Participants can submit more than one entry, but only one entry per category. Projects must have been published or aired between 26 March 2018 and 7 April 2019.

Winners will receive a paid trip to Athens, Greece to attend the Global Editors Network Summit and Data Journalism Awards 2019 ceremony in June.


The Production Fund

Deadline: 10 April 2019

Since its launch in 2001, the One World Media Production Fund has supported 184 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 72 developing countries. The fund provides each recipient with a £1,000 grant, one-to-one mentoring, invaluable workshops on sound, editing and post production led by industry experts and introductions to commissioners. Call for entries opens: 18 Feb 2019.


AIBD TV Awards

Deadline: 12 April

The Asia-Pacific Institute fro Broadcasting Development (AIBD) is calling for worldwide entries for its World TV Awards 2018, for the two categories: ‘Category HUMANITY for The Best Television Documentary on Technology and Humanity – The Impact’ and ‘Category SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENT for The Best TV Programme on ‘Taming the Sea of Plastic’.

Both public and private sector media organisations as well as freelancers are eligible to apply. Winners will receive USS 5,000 in cash, a trophy and a certificate by AIBD.


Mojo competition  – Mojofest 2019

Deadline: 12 April 

This competition, organised by the Thomson Foundation and in partnership with Mojofest in Ireland, will reward creative and compelling mobile storytelling. Applicants from all around the world can submit a feature story or news report filmed and edited entirely on a mobile device. The final product should be able to excite, intrigue, surprise and demonstrate impact and creativity. The winner will receive a trip to Galway, Ireland, accommodation and tickets to attend Mojofest from 6-8th June 2019 and five runners up will receive free access to an advanced mobile journalism online course from the Thomson Foundation’s Journalism Now programme.

Entries should be in English but other languages with on screen subtitles will also be accepted.


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]