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Other journalism grants

An overview of other organisations, institutions and funds that hand out research grants for investigative journalism. The overview is a continuous work in progress, so we appreciate any further suggestions or remarks. Please e-mail us at info [at] journalismfund [dot] eu.

Written journalism

Above the Fray - USA
US radio journalists
The Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising radio journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad.

Alicia Patterson Foundation - USA
US citizens who are fulltime print journalists, or to non-US citizens who work fulltime for US print publications, either in America or abroad
The aim of the trustees who established the foundation was to improve the quality of US print journalism.

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism - Jordan
In-depth journalism projects for the benefit of the Arab public
For all journalists who are passionate about telling a story but cannot go ahead with their projects because of budget problems. Funded by Denmark.

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Reporting Award - USA
All journalists except NYU affiliates, NYU graduates with degrees dated 2011 and thereafter, and journalists holding staff positions at established media outlets that are in a position to fund such projects on their own
The award supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest.

BIRN fellowship - Serbia / the Balkans
Journalism projects on regional issues
For journalists from the Balkans. Funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation.
fellowship [at] birn [dot] eu [dot] com (Contact)

Boy Tripfonds - Netherlands
Journalism projects on scientific research
For science journalists. Administered by Fonds voor Bijzondere Journalistiek, funded among others by SWJV and Communication Science Foundation.
fonds [at] fondsbjp [dot] nl (Contact)

Cancer World Journalists Grants - World
High-quality reporting on cancer
The Cancer World Journalist Grant was created in order to encourage high-quality reporting on cancer. Print, broadcast and new media journalists are invited to apply for a Cancer World Journalist Grant that will enable them complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer.

Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative - USA
Journalists between the ages of 22 and 38 from all around the world
The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative was launched in 2010 in honor of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002 to encourage young journalists to write in-depth stories about a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism or another deeply ingrained prejudice.

Dick Goldensohn Fund - USA
Investigative research and reporting grants for journalists from all around the world
Freelance journalists working on international stories. Administrated by Center for Investigative Reporting.
center [at] cironline [dot] org (Contact)

Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe - Germany
Reporting on economic and political development of Southeast Europe
Initiated in 2007 by Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Up to 16 journalists from the Balkans are competitively chosen to participate in the program. The program includes two courses of two weeks each, in Germany and in the UK respectively.

Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Recherchestipendium - Germany
Investigative journalism and qualitative research
For young employed journalists up to 35 years of age, freelance journalists of any age and journalism students.
office [at] concordia [dot] at (Contact)

EGU Science Journalism Fellowship - Europe
Professional, active journalists reporting about Earth, planetary and space sciences
The EGU Science Journalism Fellowships awards innovative proposals to report on geoscientific research not yet in the public sphere. The award offers journalists the opportunity to follow geoscientists on location and to develop an in-depth understanding of their research questions, approaches, findings and motivation. The aim of the fellowship is to promote excellence in geoscience reporting.

European Journalism Centre - Netherlands
Journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
The Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) that aims to advance journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The grants will fund stories that think outside of the newsroom box and aim to achieve a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.
info [at] journalismgrants [dot] org (Contact)

FAIR - Forum for African Investigative Reporters - Africa
Small and cross-border research.

Fonds Pour Le Journalisme - Belgium
Investigative journalism in the French speaking part of Belgium.
Funded by the French speaking community in Belgium.

Fonds voor Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten - Netherlands
Journalistic and other non-fiction projects including biographies that work on achieving quality results.
For Dutch journalists and writers. Funded among others by SWJV and Communication Science Foundation.
fonds [at] fondsbjp [dot] nl (Contact)

French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellowship - USA
Media professionals from around the world
The Immigration Journalism Fellowship aims to provide media professionals of all nationalities and working in all forms of media (web, print, documentary, photography, etc.) with the financial means to produce independent, responsible and challenging work on migration and integration.

Fund for Investigative Journalism - USA
Investigative pieces involving corruption, malfeasance, incompetence and societal ills in general as well as investigative media criticism.
For journalists seeking pre-publication help for investigative projects.
fundfij [at] gmail [dot] com (Contact)

George Polk Grants for Investigative Journalism - USA
The George Polk Investigative Grants are given to experienced reporters to pursue reporting projects relating to social justice. The intent is to promote public awareness of social problems in immigration, housing, welfare, health, employment and other areas and to promote investigative articles on the Web as well as in print.

Henry Demarest Lloyd Investigative Fund
The Lloyd Fund's primary focus is on innacurately or under-reported cases of malfeasance, or clandestine manipulation and exploitation of natural resources or political processes by U.S. corporations, institutions, or other power elites, at home and around the globe.
For freelancers. Administrated by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
center [at] cironline [dot] org (Contact)

Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
The Howard G. Buffett Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.
All women journalists are eligible to apply. Special emphasis on freelancers.

International Reporting Project
The IRP fellowships allow international journalists to do original, in-depth reporting projects. The program encourages journalists to cover neglected, under-reported stories of global importance. It offers various fellowships and reporting trips throughout the year.

Investigate - Germany
Upon the initiative of CNN a German organisation was founded to support investigative journalism. The donors are German car maker Audi and German consultants Roland Berger.

The Investigative Fund - USA
Support for the research costs associated with investigative journalism. The Fund emphasizes reporting on subjects often ignored by the mainstream media, and seeks to improve the scope and overall quality of investigative reporting in the independent press and beyond. Above all, they want to support reporting with the potential to have a social impact.
For investigative journalists. A project of The Nation Institute.

Mary Raftery Journalism Fund - Ireland
The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund was established to promote quality and ethical investigative journalism, focusing on important social issues in Ireland.
Any media organisation or media professional can apply for funding, and more than one application per applicant will be accepted.  Applications for print or broadcast projects are accepted, as well as for new media projects.  Joint applications (for example, between a journalist and a photographer) will be permitted, but the applicants must indicate strong reasons for the proposed collaboration.
info [at] maryrafteryfund [dot] ie (Contact)

Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists
The Milena Jesenská Fellowship program offers European journalists time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice. Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey are also eligible to apply.
The call is directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants’ work may also deal with societal issues of European relevance.

Mongabay Special Reporting Initiatives
The Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) 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.

Netzwerk Recherche - Germany
Research grants for investigative stories in the fields of the environment, business and Eastern Germany with a special weight on research methods.
For all German journalists. Environmental research supported by Greenpeace, WWF and the environmental organisation BUND. Research on business and finance funded by Allianz. East German themes supported by the Otto Brenner Foundation.

info [at] netzwerkrecherche [dot] de (Contact)

Nordic Council Journalism Stipends - Nordic countries
Supports research on Nordic countries and Nordic coorporation
For all journalists from the Nordic countries. Funded by Nordisk Rad.
nordisk-rad [at] norden [dot] org (Contact)

Norsk Journalistlag Travel Stipend - Norway
Travel stipends with a special emphasis on seniority.
For journalists, photographers and illustrators. Editorial staff as well as freelancers who regularly deliver editorial material for dailies, weeklies or periodicals. Granted by Pressens Stipendkomite, Norsk Journalistlag.
nj [at] nj [dot] no (Contact)

Ochberg Fellowship - global
Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence and traumatic events—on crime, family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide.
Journalists who want to apply knowledge of emotional trauma to improving coverage of violent events. Print and broadcast reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience. Currently limited to applicants from the areas of major Dart Center activity: the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
kate [dot] black [at] dartcenter [dot] org (Contact)

Otto Brenner Stiftung - Germany
Socially relevant subjects undermined by the media. E.g. corporate power, corruption.
For all German journalists.
info [at] otto-brenner-stiftung [dot] de (Contact)

Pascal Decroos Fund - Flanders / Belgium
Research stipendia for investigative and qualitative journalism published in Flanders.
Journalism with relevance for Flanders and published in Flanders. Funded by The Flemish Government.
info [at] fondspascaldecroos [dot] org (Contact)

PAIR - Western Africa
Research stipendia for individual journalists or small teams in Western Africa.
A project following the example of Scoop with major support by the Danish government and additional support by the OSI Media Program, run by the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism and the Danish NGO International Media Support.

Public Business - global
Business reporting
Public Business supports original reporting on the wider implications of business. They are looking for deeply researched stories about companies and the impact they have on the economy, the environment or society.

Pulitzer Persephone Miel Fellowship - global
Critical under-reported issues.
The Persephone Miel Fellowship for Crisis Reporting is intended to give non-native English speaking media professionals the opportunity to reach audiences beyond their home countries on critical under-reported issues.
More at the Pulitzer Center website

Recherchepreis Osteuropa - Germany
Grant that provides money for good journalists to partly cover research and production costs of time-consuming projects.

Reuters Fellowship - global
The Fellowship Programme is at the core of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, drawing together journalists from all over the world and assisting high-calibre, mid-career journalists in their careers. Since 1983, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme has continued to attract heavyweight Fellows internationally, giving them the opportunity to research subjects in greater depth than is possible under regular career deadline pressure.
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford

Robert Bosch Stiftung
Support to German journalists who want to do research in Central and Eastern Europe or in China. 
Info & contact

Robert Bosch Stiftung Reporters in the Field Fellowship - (some) European countries
Cross-border travel to pursue detailed research for an original news or feature story
Bi-annual grant of up to €5,000 promoting high-quality research projects by journalists or reporter teams from German-speaking or non-German-speaking countries in Europe for cross-border travel to pursue detailed research for an original news or feature story of their choice.

Rory Peck Trust
The Rory Peck Trust offers individual grants to freelance newsgatherers and/or their families who find themselves in a critical situation. This includes freelancers who have been threatened, imprisoned or injured, forced into hiding or exile, or killed.

Rudolf Augstein Stiftung - Germany
Politics, society and culture
For freelance journalists in Germany.
kontakt [at] rudolf-augstein-stiftung [dot] de (Contact)

Scoop - Denmark
Investigative journalism. Cross border research / all subjects
For journalists in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Aserbajdjan, Armenia, Georgia / special support for cross-border research / all subjects. Funded by Danish foreign ministry 'Neightbourhood Programme', administrated by www.fuj.dk and www.i-m-s.dk
brig [at] mail [dot] dk (Contact)

Soma Foundation - Hungary
Investigative journalism in Hungary
Description in English

Stiftung für Deutsch-Polnische Zusammenarbeit - Poland
Das Ziel der Ausschreibung ist die Unterstützung von Journalisten, deren Arbeiten zur Qualität der deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen sowie zur Öffnung von Deutschen und Polen gegenüber den neuen europäischen Herausforderungen beitragen.

Tanzania Media Fund - Tanzania
To improve the quality and quantity of public interest and investigative journalism in Tanzania.
For journalists based in mainland Tanzania and/or Zanzibar. Numerous development partners.

Timbuktu - Denmark
Support for critical and investigative journalism about development policies.
For journalists in Denmark. Funded by Folkekirkens Noedhjaelp.
as [at] dca [dot] dk (Contact)

Tore Sandberg stipend - Norway
Investigative journalism.
For all journalists in Norway. Funded by Fritt Ord, Adresseavisen, Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad, Faedrelandsvennen and Schibsted
hakon [dot] haugsbo [at] nrk [dot] no (Contact)

Photo journalism and documentaries

Aftermath Project - USA
Working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict
The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace.

Alexia Foundation Grants - USA
Photography students and professionals from around the world
The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.  See rules below for details on each.

Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund - United Kingdom
The Bertha Foundation is a visionary organisation with a track record in supporting social justice causes through documentary film. - "We believe that by joining forces, we can enable documentary filmmakers globally."

Blue Earth - USA
Photographers and filmmakers
Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant - USA
Emerging photographers

The Emerging Photographer Grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award - France
Photojournalists who find themselves working on the frontline of different situations
Carmignac Gestion photojournalism Award invites documentary photographers and photojournalists from around the world to submit a long-term reportage on a particular theme.

Center Project Development Grant - USA
Documentary makers and photojournalists
The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the works final stages.

Firecracker Photographic Grant - UK
European women photographers
The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project.

Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography - USA
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

Getty Images Grants - USA
Photographers, filmmakers and content creators from around the world
Getty Images Grants' goal is to enable photographers, filmmakers and content creators to bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as to take new and inspiring strides in creative work.

Inge Morath Award - USA
Female documentary photographers from around the world
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.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Photography Grant - UK/FR/CH/USA
Photo journalists from around the world
This grant was created to encourage the betterment of humanity through the presentation of editorially-based imagery representing humanistic themes including human unrest, famine, disease, national and international politics, war, uprisings, injustice and triumph.
Website (documentary photography)
Website (documentary film)

NPPA Short Grants - USA
Staff photographers and independent photographers living in the US
The National Press Photographers Association is supporting the community photo story through the NPPA Short Grants, with six awards of $3000 each.

Open Society Documentary Photography Project - USA
Documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan
Through the grant Open Society Foundations supports visual documentation of important human rights and social issues in the region and provide training and mentorship to local photographers.

Photocrati Fund - USA
Professional and emerging photographers over the age of 21
The Photocrati Fund offers a $5,000 grant to one photographer each year to undertake an environmental or humanitarian photography project. At the completion of the project, the grant winner’s images will be displayed as a photo essay on Photocrati.com.

Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant - FR
Professional photographers of any age, sex or nationality who wish to cover a social, economic, political or cultural issue in a journalistic manner
The Award is given in order to allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media.

-- Updated 13th January 2016 by Rafael Njotea, initial research by Ida Zidore Christensen