International Center for Journalists: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: ICFJ supports international journalism and seeks to build global networks of investigative reporters.

IP TAKE: ICFJ runs up to 70 programs a year, so there is likely something here for most journalism grant seekers whose investigative interests have an international component.

PROFILE: International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) was founded in 1984 by prominent journalists, editors, and publishers to support international journalism, especially in countries without a free press. It seeks to “empower journalists to deliver trustworthy news essential for vibrant societies.” ICFJ offers support for international journalists in five key areas: Media Innovation, Investigative Reporting, Global Exchanges, Specialty Journalism, and Diversity Programs. Each funding area has its own grants and fellowships; however, not all programs are reoccurring, so grant seekers should be sure to check each category frequently for new deadlines, announcements, and opportunities.

In Media Innovation, ICFJ offers a few semi-annual fellowships and programs. These promote the use of technology in investigative reporting and storytelling. One such fellowship is the ICFJ Knight Fellowships. This program seeks to “instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide” by helping “journalists and news organizations adopt new technologies.” Grant seekers can view past grantees here and apply here. Another program is the Dow Jones Chicas Poderosas Digital Fellowships which provides two women journalists from Latin America access to “digitally-advanced U.S. newsrooms.”

Investigative Reporting programs support collaboration across borders and seeks to “hold the powerful to account.” The ICFJ/Connectas Fellowship supports independent investigative journalists working in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Santa Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. Apply here. The Reporting the Border program supports US-based journalists working on the US-Mexico border. In addition to a two-day orientation in McAllen, Texas, applicants may receive either small reporting grants or fellowship funding as needed to help finish their proposed project. Applicants should look over the FAQs before applying.

Global Exchanges positions international journalists in US newsrooms and sends US journalists abroad to “bring international insights to their home audiences.” Arthur F. Burns Fellowship is an exchange program for US, German, and Canadian journalists. Click here to apply. The News Corp Media Fellowship for International Journalists provides international reporters and editors the opportunity to experience “some of the world’s most digitally advanced newsrooms.” Past global exchange programs include: the Reporting Tour for Arab Journalists, which brings 9 Arab journalists to Eastern European countries for “a 10-day reporting, interviewing and fact-finding tour;” the ICFJ and UN Foundation Virtual Reporting Fellowship for English-Speaking Journalists, a “virtual fellowship” intended to “deepen participants’ understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals;” and the Reporting Fellowship for North America-Based Journalists Spotlights UN Sustainable Development Goals, which put journalists in communication with global experts and policymakers across a variety of issues, including poverty, health, education, and the environment.

Specialty Journalism seeks to “give journalists the expertise to cover complex topics,” such as health, the environment, early childhood development, and business. Past grants and fellowships include: Safety 2018 Reporting Fellowship, which sent 12 journalists to the World Safety 2018 conference; and Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship, which provides one-year fellowships for journalists from Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania to help “improve news coverage of child health in their countries.”

Diversity Programs seek to “amplify underrepresented voices.” Past programs include: Back in the Newsroom, a repeating program which partners students from historically black colleges and universities with newsrooms to promote diversity; and Bringing Home the World, which “sends U.S. minority journalists overseas to cover stories that resonate with their local communities.” View past fellows here and here.


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