Apply for these opportunities and advance your careers

The internet can be a minefield of opportunities to navigate and as journalists, you do not have much time to search for fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities. We’ve put together a list of opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines for you. Apply now!

These international organisations are offering journalists funded fellowships with many benefits. Fellowships can be a transformative international experience to see the world and bring back new experiences and skills to the workplace.

Finance Uncovered training in Abuja

| Deadline 10 April 2019 at 12h00 BST

Finance Uncovered is inviting journalists, campaigners and academics in Africa to apply and attend a five-day financial investigative journalism and digital security training course in Abuja, Nigeria.

The dates for the Abuja training will be 1–5 July 2019.

The Africa-China Reporting Project & China House Audio/visual reporting grants & Investigative reporting grants

|Deadline 14 April 2019

The Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP), at Wits Journalism and partner, China House are inviting journalists to submit proposals for two opportunities:

  • Audio/visual reporting grants: For audio or video reporting projects by journalists established at media houses and preferably with the necessary equipment readily available, as the grant will likely not be sufficient to cover the hiring of equipment and full production costs
  • Investigative reporting grants: For print and/or online investigations by journalists working at media houses as well as freelance journalists. Preference will be given to applicants able to include established publishing platforms and the involvement of investigating or other partners in their proposals.

The budget for the Africa-China audio/visual reporting or investigative reporting grants is around US$3,000 per grant.

Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

|Deadline 14 April 2019

Apply for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize which recognises excellence in reporting on development issues, inequality, human rights, and poverty eradication.

The 2019 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize will be awarded in the following three categories:

  • Grand Prize: open to journalists whose media headquarter is located in one of the more than 160 partner countries with which the European Union engages on development and cooperation.
  • Europe Prize: open to journalists whose media headquarter is located in one of the countries of the European Union.
  • Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 whose media is headquartered in any country where DG DEVCO and DG NEAR provide development assistance, as well as in the EU Member States.

Women’s Edition workshop for women journalists from West African countries

|Deadline 19 April 2019

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is calling for experienced women journalists from West Africa to attend a regional workshop on the important role of religious leaders in promoting the reproductive health and well-being of women and families.

The seminar will be held in Dakar (Senegal) in June 2019. The PRB will select 12 women journalists from across West Africa to attend the Dakar seminar.

Climate Tracker Organisation’s Multimedia competition — Stop Fossil Fuels!

|Deadline 26 April 2019

Climate Tracker organisation is looking for young journalists from around the world who want to make a big impact in their countries by publishing about stopping fossil fuel projects in their own countries. The “Stop Fossil Fuels!” is a multimedia competition and the winner receives a fully funded fellowship to the June climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany.

Chatham House’s Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship

|Deadline 29 April 2019

Chatham House is inviting mid-career professionals from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia to apply for the ten-month Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.

The fellowship is aimed at candidates who come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media.

For deadlines in May

Commonwealth Digital Challenge 2019: Media Tech Accelerator

|Deadline 3 May 2019

The Elizabeth R Media Fund’s Commonwealth Digital Challenge for 2019 is now open. Application form available here.

The challenge, run by Thomson Foundation, is an annual competition aimed at helping young, aspiring and tech-savvy entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth to develop an app, digital idea or tool to improve the work of, or solve challenges encountered by, journalists, communicators and media organisations within the Commonwealth.

The challenge is open to individuals or teams of no more than three, all candidates must be aged between 18–30 on May 3, 2019, when entries close.

Opportunity to attend the EurAfrican Forum

| Deadline for entry is midnight on 6 May 2019

APO Group, the media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, will award one African journalist transport, accommodation and daily allowance to attend the 2019 EurAfrican Forum which will take place in Cascais, Portugal, from 4–5 July 2019.

Each year APO Group offers journalists the opportunity to attend major events as a part of its commitment to supporting journalism in Africa.

Media integrity contest accepting nominations [South Africa]

| Deadline 31 May 2019

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) and the Nieman Society of Southern Africa are calling for nominations for the 2019 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.

The award is for a journalist who demonstrated integrity and reported fearlessly; displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa; tenaciously striven to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles; resisted any censorship; and/or shown courage in making information available to the South African public.