12 Opportunities for African journalists in September

We’ve put together a list of fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities with fast-approaching September deadlines

Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe
Aug 30 · 4 min read
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Africa GNI Innovation Challenge

The Google News Initiative (GNI) is looking for news innovators from around the world to demonstrate new thinking in online journalism and the development of new publishing business models. The GNI will fund a set of projects from around the world that meet specified criteria, with the intent of producing learning and thought leadership to share with the wider industry.

The Challenge will focus on reader engagement and new business models in any form. Google will fund selected projects up to USD $150,000 and will finance up to 70% of the total project cost. Special discretion on the total project cap may be considered by the jury depending on the scale and impact of a very large collaborative effort.

Deadline | 2 September 2019 (23:59 GMT)

Fund For Women Journalists

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is looking for female journalists working on ambitious projects and under-reported, globally important stories. The funding initiative enables the International Women’s Media Foundation to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Deadline | 5 September 2019

World Press Photo Foundation 2019 Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative

The World Press Photo Foundation is looking to commission, support, and publish a small number of new and original visual stories with a solutions focus. The number of projects to be selected depends on the quality of the proposals. The level of funding for each project depends on the needs and viability of the proposal, but as a guide projects could be supported with a grant of approximately €5,000 each.

The initiative sets out to promote and produce visual journalism with a solutions focus.

Deadline |6 September 2019, 17:30 CET

2019 Patti Birch Fellowship for Africa Research

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a qualified individual for the Patti Birch Fellowship programme to focus on research for its Africa programme, with an emphasis on technology. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honour of Patti Birch, with support from the Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation.

Deadline |9 September 2019

U.N. Correspondents Association 2019 Awards 2019

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 24th annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations.

Deadline| 15 September 2019

Ethiopian Social Enterprise Journalist of the Year

The British Council and Pioneers Post are looking to award the first award for social enterprise journalism in Ethiopia.

The award is open to all practising journalists in the country, with the winner announced at the Social Enterprise World Forum, which takes place in the capital Addis Ababa on 23–25 October.

Deadline | 16 September 2019

Africa-China reporting project workshop grants

The Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP) at Wits Journalism, with support from Omidyar Network, are inviting all journalists to submit proposals for reporting grants and workshop participation to investigate issues related to digital identification, data privacy, and technology in Africa. The Project will provide reporting grants of up to US$1,000 to successful applicants, who will also participate in a Digital Identity Training Workshop and the Civic Tech Innovation Forum in Johannesburg during the week of 28 October 2019.

Deadline | 20 September 2019

Money Trail Fund

The Journalismfund.eu is offering working grants for African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole. This working grants project is part of a larger Money Trail project.

Deadline | 24 September 2019, 11.59 PM Brussels time

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships

The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard is offering short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism. Applicants need not be practising journalists but must demonstrate the ways in which their work at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation may improve the prospects for journalism’s future.

Deadline | 27 September 2019 11:59 p.m. (EDT)

Morland Writing Scholarships (Africa)

The Miles Morland Foundation is looking to award the Morland writing scholarships to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa.

Deadline | 30 September 2019

Wilson Center’s Fellowship Programme

The Wilson Center is inviting scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international fellowship programme and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission.

Deadline | 1 October 2019

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme is seeking to host democracy activists, scholars, and journalists for five-month fellowships, bringing fresh insights and perspectives to Washington, DC. The fellowship offers an important opportunity to explore new ideas in a comparative context, undertake individual research, and share best practices with one another.

|Deadline 1 October 2019

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The JAMLAB Newsletter is produced by Wits Journalism. The Journalism and Media Lab, Tshimologong Digitial Innovation Precinct, Johannesburg supports innovators to bring new information, new ideas and new conversations to new audiences in Africa.

Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe

Written by

Journalist at Jamlab &Civic tech-enthusiast at Civic Tech Innovation Network- Wits Journalism School.



The JAMLAB Newsletter is produced by Wits Journalism. The Journalism and Media Lab, Tshimologong Digitial Innovation Precinct, Johannesburg supports innovators to bring new information, new ideas and new conversations to new audiences in Africa.

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