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Grants & Opportunities - Public Media Alliance

Grants & Opportunities

Our 2016 Travel Bursary recipient, Colvin, visited broadcasters JNN & RETV. Here he is with supervisor Sultania Williams. Image: Colvin Harry

Upcoming deadlines for global grant 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.

SPI Rhodes University
2018 OSISA Scholarships for African Women Media Leaders at Rhodes

Deadline: 24 November 2017

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), an African institution committed to the creation of open societies through support for democracy, human rights and good governance,  invites applications for 10 postgraduate scholarships from Southern African women media leaders who wish to study media management at Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in 2018.

More information & Application

[Text sourced from Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership]

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2018 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Deadline: 30 November 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is returning to Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, the week of March 18-23, 2018.

This transformative program, open to 28 participants, focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of digital media leadership. Sessions will cover how to develop effective management styles, handle difficult situations, manage burnout, master negotiation tactics and build collaborative teams.

More information & Application

[Text sourced from Poynter]

Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Deadline: 30 November

Filmmakers from all around the world who specialise on human rights can submit their films for the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, organised by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union,

Entries must have been produced between 2016 and 2017, and categories available for the competition submission are docu/life, docu/right. docu/short and docu/ukraine.

The film festival will take place March 23 to 30 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Winner will be awarded a cash prizes of USD 1,000.

More Information, Rules and Applications
Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation

Deadline: 1 December

This fellowship programme takes journalists to Harvard University to work on a specific project or research relating to journalism innovation.

Candidates’ proposals can deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation, such as new revenue streams, new tools for reporting, or research into consumption patterns. Candidates must outline how their proposals can benefit journalism.

Most fellows will receive a US$65,000 stipend and additional allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance.

The fellowship, organised by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is open to both  U.S, and international journalists or professionals working for a news organisation in a business, technology or leadership field. Freelance journalists can also apply.

More Information, Rules and Applications
IWC Filmmaker Award

Deadline: 3 December

Filmmakers from the Gulf region can submit their work for the 6th IWC Filmmaker Award, sponsored by the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen.

Entries are for feature-length fiction film projects in development by directors from Gulf countries and must have a director and a producer attached. The director and producer can’t be the same person.

Three filmmakers will be short-listed for the award and invited to the Dubai Film Market to present their projects. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of USD 100,000.

More Information, Rules and Applications
Prix Jeunesse International

Deadline: 11 December

Distributors and production companies can now submit their work to be considered for the Prix Jeunesse International 2018. The Prix celebrates and promotes content, innovation and quality in kid’s TV. The theme for this year’s Prix is ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children – Resilience and Storytelling’.

The initiative also includes a ‘PRIX Jeunesse Interactivity Prize’ which rewards excellence in digital extensions of a broadcaster’s multi-platform strategy for children’s content. Eligible media can include websites, interactive TV, games and apps.

The prize asks for innovative, fresh and risky formats in the last two years specifically made for children, not about children. Entries do not necessarily have to be related to the festival theme,.

The festival and competition will take place from 25-30 May 2018.

More Information, Rules & Applications
European CIVIS Media Prize

Deadline: 20 January 2018

CIVIS is looking for programme contributions for radio, TV, the film sector and the Internet, which promote the peaceful coexistence of people of different geographical or cultural background. The prize recognizes the best programmes on the theme of migration, integration and cultural diversity.

More Information, Rules & Applications

[Text sourced from CIVIS]

The Inge Morath Award
The Inge Morath Award

Announced: January 2018

The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.

The call for submissions and guidelines are announced annually by The Magnum Foundation and The Inge Morath Foundation on their web sites, usually in January/February. Winners of the Award are announced in July/August.

More Information

[Text from Inge Morath Award]

Bertha Britdoc Journalism Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

“The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.”

“We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.”

Bertha’s grantees have included Oscar and BAFTA winning CITIZENFOUR and Oscar nominated Virunga, The Square and Dirty Wars. To find out more about the fund and eligibility, click the link below.

More Information & Application

[Text from Bertha Foundation/Britdoc]

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.

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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.

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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

More Information (in Spanish)
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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.

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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.

More Information & Application
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.

Find out more
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.

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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.

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StoryLab Academy

Deadline: Ongoing

The Storylab Academy is providing an opportunity for African journalists to improve digital storytelling skills with a combination of free online webinars and face-to-face training in a city or space near them.

The Academy specifically offers courses in:
News-gathering
Storytelling
Audience Engagement & Sustainability
Data Journalism
Investigative Reporting
Geo-Journalism
Verification
Digital Security

The courses are underwritten by Google News Lab and the World Bank and are presented by industry experts from Code for Africa’s StoryLab.

Modules range from 10-minute crash courses that teach quick skills, to 30 minute deep dives into more complex techniques. Participants can customise their course, and work at their own pace.

All the workshops and courseware is free-of-charge and will include a combination of evening-classes and weekend bootcamps or crash-courses, each focused on a specific skill or tool.

StoryLab Academy can also provide free newsroom and hacks/hackers workshops in Abuja, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Nairobi and Yaounde.

More Information & Applications

[Text adapted and sourced from StoryLab Academy]

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.

More Information & Applications
Have we missed anything?

Please get in touch if there are any grants or opportunities that we have missed.

Email us at editor(at)publicmediaalliance.org