IWMF’s fund for women journalists open for applications

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process. The next round of applications will be open from January 14- February 25 2019. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.


An applicant must identify as a woman and be a full time professional practicing journalist with more than 3 years of post-graduate journalism experience. If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.About the Fund

The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. For the next eight years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.

The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

A voting committee comprised of distinguished IWMF Board Members, Courage in Journalism Awardees, former IWMF grantees, and senior practicing journalists will select grantees.

Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline for each funding round*. We will work with individual grants recipients to determine a completion timeline that best suits the project – most project timelines are six months to one year long and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen.

Applicants are encouraged to consider their project publication or production plans in advance of submission and may include an optional letter of support for their project.


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Grants fund investigative journalism

FIJ offers special grants that have different guidelines, as described in the application form.

FIJ’s Board of Directors meets three times each year to consider applications.  The next deadline is Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. That means the deadline for the U.S. West Coast is 8:59 p.m.

The maximum grant is $10,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.

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ICFJ Knight Fellowships

The International Center for Journalists offers two types of opportunities for an ICFJ Knight Fellowship: Candidates may either propose a Fellowship or apply to a Fellowship opening (listed below). ICFJ accepts applications from candidates proposing their own Fellowship on a rolling basis throughout the year, and will select candidates based on fit for the mission and program criteria, and availability of funding. Periodically, ICFJ also posts openings for specific Fellowships that are developed based on opportunities for impact identified by the program or tailored to requirements of a Fellowship funder.

All interested candidates must complete a Fellowship application, and select whether they are proposing a Fellowship or applying to a Fellowship opening. All applications require a proposal as part of the application.

Successful proposals will target news innovation in one or more of the key areas of innovation listed under Fellowship Criteria below. Proposals should outline Fellowships that include multiple, complementary projects. They should clearly state how each of the projects will help to measurable results for newsrooms, journalists and society. We will not consider proposals that simply offer training to journalists or teach students. We are not likely to consider proposals that need substantial fundraising during the Fellowship to achieve their objectives.

Before submitting an application, all candidates should read our program overview and criteria below to ensure proper understanding of the program and submission of a strong application.

Applications, CVs and resumes must be in English. Relevant work samples or supporting material for project proposals may be in the applicant’s native language. To become a Fellow, professional proficiency in English is required.

ICFJ will review applications in a timely fashion and contact a selection of candidates for interview(s) based on their fit and strength of their proposal. ICFJ may also contact potential partners regarding the fit and proposal strength. All references will be contacted for those candidates that advance.

ICFJ will offer the Fellowship in writing to the candidate deemed to have the best fit and strongest proposal. In the event that that offer is accepted, ICFJ will work with the accepting candidate to identify an appropriate start date for the Fellowship. All Fellows must sign a contract with ICFJ that details the terms of the Fellowship and agreement with ICFJ. ICFJ will lead an in-person or virtual orientation that explains the program policies and works with the Fellow to design the initial Fellowship plan.

For any questions about the application process, please contact Program Assistant Luisa Pires Luciano, lpiresluciano@icfj.org.

Fellowship Openings

ICFJ is recruiting for the following Fellowships:

Fellowship Criteria

The ICFJ Knight Fellowships are designed to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. Fellows primarily work with newsrooms to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens with the ultimate goal to improve people’s lives. They 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. Each project should be designed to ensure that the impacts and achievements last beyond the Fellowship. 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.

For more information our criteria for Fellowships, see our Overview page.

Fellow Criteria

Fellow candidates may be from any country and must have the experience and skills necessary to lead their Fellowship projects, and be able to act as a thought leader for broader influence on media.

Typical qualifications:

  • Experience working in newsrooms
  • Experience creating digital media content, and audience development and engagement strategy
  • Experience managing digital production and innovation teams, while working to tight deadlines
  • Experience incorporating the use of interactive, immersive and/or data journalism technologies in news media
  • Experience measuring results, such as the impact of content, adoption of technology and audience engagement
  • Ability to clearly communicate program results
  • Success at replicating, adapting and creating technologies to answer local needs
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong project- and time-management skills
  • Experience in the target region
  • Fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in the local language of the target country/region and English
  • Training or coaching experience

ICFJ Knight Fellows also act as “thought leaders,” which means they should be able to effectively share their experiences and lessons learned on the Knight International Media Innovators page on IJNet.org, and speak at top conferences focusing on media and information innovation.

Partner Criteria

A key to our model is that we fund Fellows to collaborate with partners that pool their own resources to achieve our mutual goals. As a result, partnership is essential to the mission of the program. Partners are typically newsrooms, but can also include tech companies, NGOs, universities and others. ICFJ will work with Fellows to establish and ensure the success of partnerships as needed during the Fellowship. Candidates are encouraged to identify and establish partnerships prior to submitting their Fellowship proposals to strengthen their applications.

See our Partner With Us page for more information on partners.

Fellowship Finances and Compensation

During the Fellowship, each Fellow receives an allowance for expenses related to the Fellowship. Expenses are calculated based on a the needs of the Fellowship in the context of local market rates. Depending on the nature of the Fellowship, they can include coverage of reasonable living, travel and professional expenses. Fellows receive an honorarium based on the nature of the services of the Fellow and market rates.

Fellows are expected to work full-time on their Fellowship projects. Exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis. Fellows may not work as journalists during the Fellowship.



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ICFJ organizes new program on women’s and children’s health issues

Professional journalists ages 30 and younger with experience covering health issues and an interest in maternal, newborn and child health are invited to apply for this program.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks candidates for Covering Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: A Program for Young International Journalists. This program is hosted with The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Twenty-five to 30 young journalists will join 1,200 partners dedicated to supporting women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the 2018 Partners’ Forum in New Delhi. Participants will also have the opportunity to tell their own stories about why covering these health topics matter and how the public health community can better work with journalists.

ICFJ will hold an orientation to prepare the journalists to cover the conference and help develop their story ideas.

Journalists from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Malawi, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States are especially encouraged to apply.

The program will cover airfare, lodging and meals.

The deadline is Aug. 21.

For more information on how to apply, click here.



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FIJ launches new collaborations for next round of diversity fellowships

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce partnerships with four of the country’s most innovative journalism nonprofits for a yearlong fellowship program that aims to expand opportunities for diverse journalists in watchdog reporting, with an emphasis on journalists of color.

InsideClimate NewsThe Marshall Project and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting are joining FIJ in this important collaboration to train more investigative journalists and help draw focus to stories that might otherwise go untold.

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting will play a supporting role by providing fellows with additonal training and support.

“It is critically important to support and train a new generation of investigative journalists,” said FIJ Board President Marcia Bullard. “We’re excited to offer diverse journalists the opportunity to work with these stellar journalism organizations.”

FIJ and its partners will select up to four fellows who will work with one of FIJ’s partner outlets to produce deeply reported investigations on climate change and the environment, social justice and the U.S. criminal justice system, and government accountability and the abuse of power.

Fellows will have access to reporting expertise and other resources offered by partner outlets. Each will get guidance from some of the industry’s best editors and investigative journalists.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2018, and fellows will be announced by the end of the year.

This will be the third year that FIJ is offering diversity fellowships. So far, 11 journalists have taken part in the program.

For nearly half a century, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported the work of independent journalists who have lacked the resources needed to pursue their investigations. The late Philip M. Stern founded FIJ in 1969 to invest in the work of determined journalists in the fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed and governmental corruption. FIJ-supported projects have won a wide array of journalistic honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and many more.

“I’ve watched FIJ grow this program over the years and patterned parts of our own fellowship program on theirs,” said Amy Pyle, editor in chief of Reveal/CIR. “I look forward to supporting FIJ in promoting the work and advancement of journalists with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”

Reveal, a product of the country’s oldest nonprofit investigative newsroom, engages and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Reveal publishes its work on its website, public radio program and podcast (produced with PRX), social media platforms and in partnership with media partners nationwide and around the world.

Reveal looks for stories that are unique and deeply investigative that clearly pinpoint who is responsible, with the potential for driving change.

FIJ’s partners are recognized across the industry for the rigor of their journalism, their expertise in their respective reporting areas and for the innovative ways in which they engage with their audiences.

“We’re thrilled that the Fund for Investigative Journalism is making this opportunity available to The Marshall Project,” said Carroll Bogert, president of The Marshall Project. “We look forward to working with our FIJ fellow to produce a stellar piece of investigative journalism that will have real impact on the criminal justice system.”

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom covering criminal justice issues in the United States. Launched four years ago, it has published more than 1,200 stories with over 100 media partners and has won many top journalism awards, including the Pulitzer. The Marshall Project prioritizes stories that require deep digging and have not been covered by other news outlets – including stories about immigration as a parallel criminal justice system.

FIJ is also proud to partner with InsideClimate News, another Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit and nonpartisan news organization. ICN provides essential reporting and analysis on climate change, energy and the environment. It serves as a watchdog on government, industry and advocacy groups.

“We’re delighted to work with the Fund for Investigative Journalism on this important project and to bring an FIJ fellow into our newsroom and community,” said Stacy Feldman, ICN’s executive editor. “We’re covering complex, dramatic and urgent stories of climate change and environmental injustice, and it’s crucial to have reporters from a broad range of perspectives and background to help us tell them.”

Started 11 years ago as a two-person blog, ICN has grown into one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country. ICN is committed to establishing a national reporting network, training the next generation of journalists and strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

The Ida B. Wells Society is dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. The organization, which is spearheaded by veteran journalists, also seeks to educate news organizations and journalists on how the inclusion of diverse voices can raise the caliber, impact and visibility of investigative journalism as a means of promoting transparency and good government. The Society is open to journalists of all races and backgrounds who support the mission of the organization.

For more information, contact FIJ Executive Director Sandy Bergo, sbergo@fij.org. 

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The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, began offering Fellowships to accomplished business journalists in the summer of 2014. Nearly two dozen veteran journalists have since been awarded grants of up to $15,000.

Applications will generally be accepted twice a year — in the summer and late fall. The next deadline will be June 30, 2018. Winter 2019 applications will be due December 15, 2018.

The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative or enterprise journalism. You’ll find more information on the 2014 Fellows and their projects here, on the 2015 Fellows here, and the 2016 Fellows here.

About the Fellowship

The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story or series that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic. We accept applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and we encourage proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package.

Typically, we’ll award grants up to $5,000 a month for one to three months; in exceptional cases, we’ll consider longer grants based upon specific proposals. We’ll look for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.

The McGraw Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship. We work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. We also assist with placing the articles. In some cases, we partner with established print, radio or digital outlets; in others we will publish them as e-books or through the CUNY J-School’s book imprint. The stories also run on the McGraw Center website.


The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism. Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization, may apply.

Applications will generally be accepted twice a year  — in the summer and late fall. However, we will consider time-sensitive projects on a case-by-case basis outside of the deadline periods. If you have a project that you think might qualify, please contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu or 646-758-7781.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form. Think of it as pitch, much like you would submit to an editor at a newspaper, magazine, digital outlet, or radio station: give us enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid. The proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be. The proposal should also note where significant stories on the subject have run elsewhere and how the proposed piece would differ. Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story, and let us know if a media outlet is lined up to run the story.

In addition, applicants should enclose three journalism samples. The samples should be professionally published work that showcases your ability to tackle an in-depth story in the proposed medium. Please also provide us with a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with your work; if that is a problem, please contact us to discuss alternatives.

No budget is required at the time of application, but finalists will be asked to provide an estimated budget at that time.

The McGraw Business Journalism Fellowship

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The Logan Nonfiction Program is accepting candidates for the fall 2018 fellowship

Journalists, documentary filmmakers, photographers and multimedia producers working on longform, deeply reported nonfiction projects are invited to apply for this fellowship.

The Logan Nonfiction Program is accepting candidates for the fall 2018 fellowship, which will run from October to December at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York.

The program seeks to support democracy by advancing independent journalistic inquiry and investigation. Applicants must submit a proposal on socially relevant political, health, environmental, human rights and justice topics.

Professionals who work in languages other than English are encouraged to apply but must have a working knowledge of English.

The fellowship provides lodging, meals, mentorship and community for up to 10 weeks.

The deadline is June 15.


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Independent media organizations, civic groups and associations can apply.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transition.

Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000.

NED is interested in proposals from organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency.

The deadline to submit proposals is June 22.


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National Geographic seeks storytelling projects on human migration

Storytellers, conservationists, educators and researchers can apply for a grant.

National Geographic Society is accepting applications for its Request for Proposals grant with a focus on documenting human migrations.

Projects must document the causes and effects of one or more examples of present-day human migration; document the lives of present-day migrants, their journeys and receiving communities; or develop and test out classroom resources, curricula or public outreach materials that aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience and acceptance of migrant communities.

A typical grant will be less than US$30,000, but applicants may request up to U$70,000.

The deadline is July 10.


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Next Generation Radio accepting applications

College students and recent graduates can apply for this free program.

NPR’s Next Generation Radio is a weeklong digital journalism training project. The next program will take place June 25 to 29 in Philadelphia.

Participants will be selected to build their skills, be paired with a mentor and produce their own multimedia story.

The program will also be offered in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Austin, Texas, and Sacramento, California. Applicants must reside in the metropolitan area where the event will be held, with the exception of the training in Seattle, which is intended for early career professionals.

The deadline for the Philadelphia program is June 11.

Next Generation Radio

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