National Geographic Explorer Grant

An Exploration Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project leader in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. If you have received a grant from National Geographic in the past, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record. 

Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. Projects are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.

Visit our How to Apply section to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to prepare your proposal.

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The Poynter Minority Writers Workshop Open for Applications

The Power of Diverse Voices, taking place Nov. 7-10, 2019 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a transformative four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays.

Opinion writing plays a vital role in explanatory, features and watchdog journalism, and is important in a thriving democracy. This seminar will foster the diversity of voices necessary in the profession and train the next generation of opinion writers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

You will learn both through instruction as well as through intensive coaching in small writing groups. You will focus on fact-based opinion writing — and using social media to spark a conversation — across digital and other platforms.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop and hone your arguments, presenting these arguments effectively and persuasively
  • Support your arguments using solid research and reporting
  • Strengthen your reporting skills with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy
  • Maximize your journalistic success on digital and social media platforms — using social media to build your brand, present your ideas and spark a conversation
  • Generate strong ideas for your opinion pieces, broadening your access to diverse points of view
  • Focus your ideas, developing a compelling pitch to editors

Who should apply

Enrollment is open to new- and mid-career journalists of color based in the United States looking to add effective opinion writing to their tool kit, as well as those building a career path toward opinion journalism. Minority journalism students, journalism educators, freelancers and opinion journalists who work online or in social media are also encouraged to apply.

The Power of Diverse Voices workshop grew out of the Minority Writers Seminar, a collaboration between the Association of Opinion Journalists and The Poynter Institute. The original seminar ran for nearly two decades at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation is required, but you will need to provide a reference. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interests and basic demographic information.


This seminar is being offered at no charge to selected participants based in the United States. The program sponsors will cover tuition and hotel costs, and a small travel stipend will be available. Slots are limited.


We’d love to hear from you. Email us at

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Radcliffe Institute offers fellowship

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

Our online application for the 20202021 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 12, 2019.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 3, 2019.

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

“During my year at Radcliffe, I have most enjoyed the rich and generous interaction with other fellows, the opportunity to engage with the wider Harvard community, and the space away from my professional responsibilities to reflect on the past few years. My book could not have been conceived without the space the fellowship created.”
—Hernan del Valle, 2018–2019 Rita E. Hauser Fellow

Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects. The following areas—while not exclusive—are of special interest:

  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, each year some projects focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. In 2020–2021, one fellow will be designated a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow, as part of the project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields.

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Are you a journalist living and working in Africa, Asia or Latin America? Are you passionate by the fascinating world of infectious diseases and international health? The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp welcomes applications for the sixth edition of its journalist-in-residence programme. Journalists working in all types of media are offered the unique opportunity to write a series of articles, shoot a documentary or make a podcast in the area of infectious diseases and international health.

Through fundamental and applied research, advanced education and expert services, ITM advances medical science to solve tropical, poverty-related and global health threats. The selected journalist will interact with world experts in a wide range of topics in biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and public health during his or her stay at ITM in Antwerp. As ITM journalist-in-residence, s/he will have time to explore different areas or delve deeply into a single topic.

If you are interested in the global health challenges that await us and you are available on 9 and 10 October, you can take part in the 60th ITM colloquium during your residency. “Connecting the dots” is the 60th ITM colloquium in which experts from across the world gather in Antwerp to discuss the most pressing issues facing the tropical medicine and international health community. The journalist-in-residence will get the chance to meet with the key speakers who will discuss topics such as migration, climate change, etc. and the impact on our health.

The initiative is part of ITM’s capacity building programme in developing countries financed by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development (DGD). Last year,  three talented women from Cambodia, Indonesia and Venezuela stayed three weeks in Antwerp. Read more about the work of the previous Journalists-in-Residence. Please contact if you have questions.

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SDG Fund for investigative journalism available in Latin America

Journalists in Latin America with experience covering development can apply for funding.

The Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America and the Caribbean has launched the SDG Fund for Journalism, which will finance investigative stories on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals in the region.

The Fund is currently accepting proposals for stories that take place in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Central America.

The Fund seeks to promote reporting that provides information of public interest and tells stories about the regional challenges of sustainable development, including urbanization processes, biodiversity, decarbonization, climate change and more.

Grants of up to US$4,000 will be awarded according to the proposal and the publication format. The Fund will also assign an editor to each selected project.

The deadline is July 15.

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Grants for environmental investigative journalism available

A young boy looks up from sorting fish in a local market.

GRID-Arendal, through its Environmental Crime Programme, seeks grant applications for investigative journalism projects. Two grant recipients will receive NOK 25,000 (approximately 2,500 Euros) each for investigations focusing on illegal fisheries and illegal logging. We are looking for stories that break new ground and expose possible connections to organized crime or human rights in a country that is on the DAC list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients.

The grant covers out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document retrieval, interviews, equipment rental and other documentation costs.

Eligibility criteria

  • Proposals must come from a professional journalist with experience in the field of investigative journalism.
  • The proposal should be in line with this year’s priorities – illegal fisheries and illegal logging (one grant will be given for each topic).
  • The applicant should have done some preliminary work in their field of research;
  • The applicant agrees to give credit to GRID-Arendal if/when the story is published and grants GRID-Arendal the right to re-publish the story.

 Application requirements

  • The applicant’s resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • List of applicant’s previous publications
  • Detailed and clear plan for evidence gathering. It should include: (1) the applicant’s topic and preliminary work; (2) geographic focus; (3) expected results; (4) evidence gathering procedures; (5) timeline from start to end; (6) proposed title of the story
  • Detailed publishing plan explaining where and how the applicant is planning to publish the story and in which language(s). 
  • All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in Norwegian kroner.

The above requirements should be submitted as one PDF file.

Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the requirements will be automatically discarded.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to Valentin Emelin (, Environmental Crime Programme Leader, and Siri Olsson (, Research Assistant, GRID-Arendal. The deadline for submission of application is 16 June 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee at GRID-Arendal and winners will be announced on 12 August 2019 on GRID-Arendal’s website and during an event at Arendalsuka 2019.

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The Correspondent seeks journalists

The Correspondent, scheduled to launch Sept. 30, is hiring a team of journalists to provide independent, inclusive and ad-free journalism.

Available positions include full-time correspondents and freelance correspondents based anywhere in the world, in addition to an editorial designer, a conversation editor and an engagement editor based in Amsterdam.

The Correspondent is led by Rob Wijnberg, who also founded De Correspondent, a Dutch news website that raised US$1.7 million through crowdfunding.

Apply now.

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Radio Ambulante seeks pitches

If you’re interested in producing a story for Radio Ambulante, you can send your pitch to

We’re always looking for surprising, moving stories from Latin America. When writing us with a pitch, the most important thing is to be very specific. Whom do you intend to interview, and what story do they have to tell? What’s the larger context that makes this story compelling? In what ways does the story teach us something new? Please be detailed, without being long-winded. Above all, be entertaining.

Make sure you tell us about your experience in journalism (whether in radio or print), and what kind of equipment you’re using to record. Note that we accept audio in .wav or .aiff formats (not mp3), recorded at 44.1 khz with 16-bit sampling.

Please no portraits of NGOs, no vague proposals (ie. “I’d like to interview my grandfather.”), and no publicity requests. Keep in mind that we work with long lead times, and may take as long as a month to respond, however rest assured that we read and consider each and every proposal that comes in.

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2019 Rwanda IWMF- Malaria No More Reporting Trip 2019

As part of the IWMF’s partnership with Malaria No More, four journalists will travel to Rwanda fromSeptember 16-27, 2019 (11 days total: 9 days in country and 1 travel day each way) for a reporting fellowship on Rwanda’s efforts to end malaria, the impact U.S. investments in supporting those efforts are having on Rwandan women and girls, and the role that women are playing in leading the fight against malaria. 

Fellows will participate in high-level briefings from experts at the outset of the trip to inform their reporting, and will have the opportunity to gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to the reporting trip theme, to network with other journalists, and to report collaboratively with their peers. 

Travel for reporting will be within a three-hour radius of Kigali. The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all fellows. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Application Instructions: The IWMF’s 2019 Rwanda Reporting Fellowship is open to individuals. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support. 

We are accepting applications from May 30, 2019 until June 23, 2019 at 11:59 EST

The fight against malaria 

Malaria is one of oldest and deadliest diseases, devastating families, communities, and countries for millennia. Women and children are disproportionately impacted by this preventable, treatable disease. 

Since 2000, sustained efforts by the U.S. and partner governments, non-profit organizations and individuals saved 7 million lives and prevented more than 1 billion cases, representing one of the greatest public health success stories of our time. 

Despite tremendous gains, malaria cases in the highest burden countries increased in 2016 and 2017, according to WHO’s World Malaria Report 2018, putting progress to-date at risk. Today, more than half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, and a child dies every two minutes from this preventable disease. 

Yet, we have the tools to end malaria. Continuing U.S. leadership and increasing investments by malaria-affected and donor countries to end malaria will save millions more lives, mostly pregnant women and children in Africa, and unlock immeasurable human potential. 

Rwanda and malaria

Between 2000 and 2011, Rwanda reduced malaria cases by more than 80%. Like many other high malaria burden countries in Africa, malaria cases in Rwanda started rising again in 2012, but then Rwanda reversed course beginning in 2016. According to the WHO, Rwanda was one of only 4 countries globally that succeeded in driving down malaria cases between 2016 and 2017. For the first time since 2011, Rwanda reported a reduction in cases, with 430,000 fewer cases reported in 2017 compared with 2016, while most other high burden countries continued to see case increases. 

With more than 12 million people and surrounded by countries carrying the highest burdens of malaria, Rwandans, from President Paul Kagame to community health workers, are striving to make Rwanda malaria-free. To do this, they’re working through an extensive network of public sector health centers and community health workers, and in close collaboration with partners, such as the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Much of Rwanda’s recent decrease in malaria cases can be attributed to community-level actions, support from an array of local and international partners, including PMI and the Global Fund, countrywide scale up of bed net distribution and vector control in high burden districts. 

Eliminating malaria has many positive impacts on a country’s health and economy, women’s empowerment and professional opportunities, girls’ education, health systems strengthening, global health security and more. Ending malaria means more women and girls unlocking their full potential. With the world’s first female majority parliament, Rwanda is a leader in seeking gender equality. There are many stories to tell in Rwanda about the challenges and successes of fighting malaria to create positive impact for women and girls. 

Apply by June 23, 2019 at 11:59 EST. 

Please review a sample application here

Eligibility Criteria All fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women-identifying journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • We encourage all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people of all nationalities to apply
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

About the IWMF

Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, reporting opportunities and funding avenues specifically for female journalists. We are making more women’s bylines possible and work tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide. 

About MNM

Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. More than a decade into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation.

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Pro Publica Senior Business Reporting Fellows

Reporting fellows at ProPublica write their own stories — like this one— and also collaborate with other reporters on big projects.

Fellows at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico and NPR — as well as ProPublica itself.

The fellowships run for a year, pay $900 per week and include full benefits. They will be based at our headquarters in New York.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Recently graduated from college or journalism school, or is relatively early in their journalism career.
  • Is committed to aggressively reporting stories about abuses of power.
  • Is truly excited about all the possible ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging, to working with readers, to marrying narrative and investigative forms.
  • Really likes working with others. Everybody at ProPublica has their own superpower, whether it’s sourcing, document-diving, data, engagement or design. And we do our best work together. We know there are great candidates who won’t fit every trait we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply. There’s a place on the application for you to tell us more. We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.) We are committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking active steps to meet this commitment. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, apply using this form.

The deadline for applications is July 12.

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