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Grants, Bursaries and Opportunities

For All

The Journalism Diversity Fund 

The Journalism Diversity Fund awards bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training. Bursaries are awarded four times per year and can help cover the costs of NCTJ course fees and/or living expenses. Recipients will also be paired with a working journalist to mentor them throughout their studies.

Rory Peck Trust 

Assistance grants: RPT provides individual grants to freelance journalists and their families in crisis. This may include freelancers who have been threatened, imprisoned, injured, forced into exile or killed, as a result of their work.

Training Fund: The Rory Peck Training Fund makes hostile environment training affordable for freelancers. Launched in 2000, the Fund has given hundreds of bursaries to freelance journalists, photographers, cameramen and filmmakers, enabling them to gain the vital skills and knowledge needed for work in hostile environments.

Alexia Foundation Grants (international)

The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant. Must include a set of photographs. Professional grant awarded: $20,000.

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s Reporting Award (international)

Providing up to $12,500 for a significant work of journalism, in any medium, on an under-reported subject in the public interest.

Write to End Violence Against Women Bursary (Scotland)

Zero Tolerance runs the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards to recognise and reward journalists and writers in Scotland who raise awareness of these issues in a responsible and sensitive way. £450 bursary.

Bureau’s Local Reporting Fund

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is funding journalists, freelancers and local people to investigate untold stories in their communities. Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 a project.

Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (international)

Grants for journalists aged 22 to 38 to write in-depth pieces about ingrained prejudices. Offering $5,000 to cover the project – $2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon completion. The edited stories will be published in Moment.

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant

The grant is awarded to a photojournalist of any age, sex or nationality who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural issue. The award of €8000 is given in order to allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told.

Filmmakers Without Borders

Supporting independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.

Engaged Journalism Accelerator (for publications)

Funding up to 15 news organisations in Europe with a proven record of sustaining a loyal community and a willingness to develop a resilient business model. Each will receive between €35,000 – €50,000.

Print Futures Award

Awarding funds to those under 30 working or intending to work in printing, paper, packaging, publishing or graphic arts. Awards of up to £1,500 available to applicants who can show how it would benefit their career in the sector.

Eugene Smith Grant (international)

Given to experienced photojournalists  to fund a project showing “an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition of spirit”. One grant of approximately $35,000 is given out annually, with another awarded as special recognition.

International Reporting Project Trips

Several times a year, up to 12 journalists will be awarded grants to travel as a group to an important but under-covered country. All costs of travel, meals and accommodations during the reporting trips are paid for by the International Reporting Project.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (international)

Supporting in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media.

Fund for Investigative Journalism (international)

Grants of up to $10,000 for investigative products on national or international issues. Awarded three times a year by the US based Fund for Investigative Journalism.

The Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund (international)

A Fund for environmental journalism and the journalists who produce it.  Grants support writing and publication of coverage that would otherwise not be possible.

Mongabay Special Reporting Initiatives (international)

The Special Reporting Initiatives program enables professional journalists to do series of in-depth articles—published under an open Creative Commons license that allows for re-publishing elsewhere—on particular environmental issues that may be otherwise overlooked by the media. Offering a $15,000 honoriaum and up to $5,000 for reporting expenses.

The Thomas Read Bursary

The bursary aims to help those with a disability to reach their ambitions to become a journalist by offering financial support so that disability is never a factor in achieving goals.


BAME, (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic)

Guardian Media Group

Positive Action Scheme: The Guardian’s London office runs four schemes every summer for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) applicants, and one scheme for people with disabilities. Successful applicants will gain an insight into the profession, working across the newspaper and website.

George Viner Memorial Fund

The George Viner Memorial Fund was set up by the National Union of Journalists to broaden the diversity of journalists working in the British and Irish media. Since its inception in 1986 the fund has helped more than 150 Black and ethnic minority students obtain the training (NCTJ) they need to get a job in journalism.

Creative Access

Internship and job opportunities for BAME individuals to encourage diversity in the creative sector. BAME representation across the creative industries stands at just 5.4%.


Women

Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust

The trust aims to help qualifying applicants some financial assistance towards holidays for women who are in need of a period of rest or holiday by reason of age, poverty, infirmity, disablement or social or economic circumstances.

Georgina Henry Award

Women in Journalism’s award for storytelling as well as evidence of  digital innovation and/or impact. The award, which totals £4,000 of prize funding, was set up to honour Georgina Henry, who was a founding member of Women in Journalism as well as former deputy editor of the Guardian and head of Guardian.co.uk before her tragic death in February 2014. Open to any level of female journalist.

International Women’s Media Foundation

Emergency Fund: Providing women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of crisis. A small grant for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist. Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat. Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship.

Kim Wall Memorial Fund: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), in partnership with Kim’s family and friends, seek to make sure the stories Kim loved continue to be told by offering a $5,000 reporting grant annually to a female journalist whose reporting carries forward Kim’s legacy – reporting on ‘the undercurrents of rebellion’.

Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award: The Award recognises the importance of visual journalistic work that inspires us to take action and compels us to better understand the world. Given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work reflects courage and dedication. The Award winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000.

Women Photograph

+ Nikon Grants: Women Photograph has partnered with Nikon to award $5,000 grants to support photography projects — either new or in-progress — from visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. Five grants are available, one of which will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer. Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the grant application.

+ Getty Images Grant: Women Photograph has partnered with Getty Images to award a $10,000 grant in support of an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to – and engagement with – the communities they cover.

Inge Morath Award (international)

Given to a woman photographer aged under thirty years to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. Established by the members of Magnum Photos.


Students

Guardian Media Group

Scott Trust bursaries: The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for an MA in journalism. The primary aim of these bursary awards is to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications needed to pursue a career in media.

The Orwell Society Academic Bursary

The Orwell Society is offering a bursary of £3,000 to the winner of a competition – focusing on journalistic writing in an ‘Orwellian’ style. Applicants must be undergraduate students or preparing to start a postgraduate degree.

City University London (students)

Widening Media Diversity Scholarship: The Randeree Charitable Trust and the Cosaraf Charitable Foundation are offering two scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year for exceptional students actively engaged in British Muslim communities, interested in the under-representation of Muslims in the media and developing diversity in journalism. The scholarship will cover full tuition fees for 1 year up to a maximum of £10,200.

The Aziz Foundation Scholarships: The Foundation is offering two scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year for exceptional students actively engaged in British Muslim communities, interested in the under-representation of Muslims in the media and developing diversity in journalism.

Nick Lewis Scholarship: The object of the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust is to advance the education of the public, particularly in the field of journalism through the provision of scholarships, financial aid and support. City University offer an exclusive scholarship for their master’s in International Journalism.  The scholarship is for £10,000 from the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust and a fee reduction of £2,000 given by the City’s Journalism department.

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation Scholarship: For students offered and accepted a place on the MA in Financial Journalism – The awarded amount, is solely at the discretion of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation. The Marjorie Deane foundation funds studentships for City University of London’s MA course in financial journalism and NYU’s MA programme in business and economic reporting.

The Stationers’ Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme

This postgraduate bursary programme provides support for young people on a variety of MA and MSc courses. Successful students will each receive a bursary of £6,000 and will be offered the opportunity to receive mentoring during their studies.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

If you are starting a postgraduate course (not industry specific) in the academic year 2019-20 you are eligible to apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary. Each bursary is worth £500 and they are open to students from anywhere in the world.

BAFTA Scholarship Programme

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.


Training and Fellowships

Women’s Leadership Accelerator

The Women’s Leadership Accelerator, organised by the Online News Association, is a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. Around 26 women women representing a range of backgrounds, expertise and newsrooms around the globe are selected each year. Free with some expenses paid. Based in New York.

One World Media Fellowship is aimed at aspiring journalists and filmmakers, who seek to make a career out of reporting the global south, raising awareness about the developing world and breaking down prejudices. Production grants of £1,000 available and an executive Producer for your project.

Grow Fellowship

Enabling five pioneers of Nonprofit Journalism in Europe to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, an intense training camp and networking event.

John S Knight Fellowship at Stanford (international)

JSK Fellows spend ten months at Stanford University exploring solutions to the most urgent challenges facing journalism. Approximately $85,000 funding, plus university fees and healthcare.

Reuters Institute Fellowship Program

The Journalist Fellowship Programme brings high calibre mid-career journalists to Oxford University offering them a period of reflection and the opportunity to carry out media-based research. Its purpose is to allow journalists to tackle subjects in greater depth than is possible under deadline pressure.

World Press Institute Fellowship (international)

Offering non-U.S. reporters the opportunity to travel around the U.S for three months learning about journalism. Must have been employed full-time for five years or more in print, broadcast, or online journalism.

Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship (international)

Awarded to individuals or organisations who are tackling threats to freedom of expression, including journalists. A year of assistance is provided, beginning with an all-expenses-paid week of training in London.

Ambassadors

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Huw Edwards
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Richard Littlejohn
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