June 14, 2013

22 Fellowships and Grants for Investigative Journalists

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(Note: See our up-to-date listing of Grants and Fellowships for Journalists in GIJN’s Resource pages. Available in English and Spanish.)

Seeking a chance to improve your skills and expand your world? Tired of the everyday routine in your newsroom? We’ve updated our guide to grants and fellowships of special interest to investigative journalists around the world. There are plenty of short-term and long-term opportunities, both for staff and freelance reporters. Follow the links for information on deadlines and background on the various programs.

Do you know of a great opportunity we haven’t listed? Send it to us at: hello (at) gijn (dot) org.


Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University offers fellows a chance to study at Harvard for an academic year; shorter-term fellowships are also available.

Who: Journalists with at least five years’ experience.

Amount: $65,000 stipend, books, tuition, housing, health care, travel expenses and childcare.


John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford allows journalists to spend an academic year working on innovative projects.

Who: Journalists with at least five years’ experience.

Amount: $65,000 stipend, books, tuition, housing, health care, travel expense and childcare.


American Council on Germany Journalism Fellowship provides opportunities for a cross-cultural journalism exchange.

Who: German or American reporters.

Amount: Varies.


Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a year-long program hosted by the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of State.

Who: Non-U.S. journalists.

Amount: tuition, fees, travel, book and computer allowance and room and board.


The Fullbright Program offers research and teaching opportunities both for visiting U.S. and non-U.S. faculty and professionals.

Who: faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Journalists from some countries may be eligible for research Fulbrights in the U.S. Teaching Fulbrights are also available to those who serve on faculty at non-U.S. universities.

Amount: varies according to length of grant and location.



Investigative Reporting Fellowship is offered through American University and the Center for Public Integrity, one of the oldest nonprofit investigative centers in the U.S.

Who: U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Amount: Master’s degree awarded and $24,000 stipend.


Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative is a project-based grant funded by Moment, a Jewish magazine based in D.C.

Who: reporters between the ages of 22 and 38.

Amount: $5,000.



Knight International Journalism Fellowships are for journalism trainers to use digital tools “to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide.” They are administered through the International Center for Journalists.

Who: Reporters with at least 10 years experience.

Amount: living costs, travel fees, health insurance, paid vacation and honorarium.


World Press Institute Fellowship provides reporters from around the world the opportunity to travel for three months and learn about journalism in the United States.

Who: Non-U.S. reporters working outside the United Sates with at least five years experience.

Amount: Travel costs, food and lodging.


Persephone Miel Fellowship is offered by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and provides an opportunity for reporters to work cross-borders.

Who: Non-United States reporters.

Amount: up to $5,000 for reporting costs.


Pullitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Travel Grants fund 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.

Who: open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers of any nationality.

Amount: will depend on the specific project, “most awards fall in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 but depending on project specifics may be as much as $20,000”.


Abe Fellowship for Journalists supports reporters working on projects about security, trade and social issues involving Japan and the United States.

Who: Japanese or U.S. reporters with at least five years experience.

Amount: Up to $25,600.


Open Society Fellowship seeks “idea entrepreneurs” from across the world. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations: human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Who: Journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields.

Amount: stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income, plus a travel budget.



Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT offers an academic-year fellowship for reporters interested in deepening their knowledge of science and technology.

Who: reporters with at least five-years experience. English-language ability.

Amount: $65,000, health insurance and research travel expenses.


Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship is a two-month fellowship emphasizing science and religion.

Who: English-speaking reporters.

Amount: $15,000 plus travel and accommodations.


Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is a one-week training on environmental and science reporting offered through the Metcalf Institute in Rhode Island.

Who: early- to mid-career journalists.

Amount: room, board, tuition, and up to US, $500 in travel support.


Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Program is offered by the European Journalism Centre with support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Who: Media outlets and their affiliates based in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Amount: Average grant is €20,000.


Soros Justice Media Fellowship funds projects about the criminal justice system.

Who: full-time reporters.

Amount: $50,000 stipend plus reporting expenses and health benefits.


Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism offers an academic year of courses in business and economics journalism.

Who: Open to any “accomplished” reporting working full-time or freelance.

Amount: $55,000 and housing.


Dart Fellowship Programs are offered through Columbia University in New York City include the Ochberg Fellowship on trauma and conflict and the Dart Asia Fellowship to train reporters in Asia on how to report on tragic events.


Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism Fellowships are offered through Ohio State offers a one-week intensive training on using public records, data and social media.

Who: reporters with at least five-years experience. English-language ability.

Amount: travel stipend, room and board.


Fund for Environmental Journalism grants are offered through the Society of Environmental Journalism underwrites reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures on issues around the environment.

Who: journalist working independently or on the staff of either a for-profit or non-profit news organization worldwide.

Amount: grants of up to $3,500.

This guide is part of a series of Resources pages on gijn.org. Have an addition or correction? Post a note below or contact us at hello(at)gijn(dot)org.

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