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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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,

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, 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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