Opportunities for African journalists in April
Have a look at this list of fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities with fast-approaching April deadlines
One World Media Fellowship
The One World Media Fellowship seeks aspiring journalists and filmmakers who are interested in reporting on stories from the global south. The fellowship particularly encourages submissions from underrepresented groups and is open to people around the world. Successful applicants will receive a £1,000 production grant, career mentorship, and an executive producer for your project among other opportunities. For more information and details on how to apply click here.
Deadline | April 7
Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge
Google has launched its second innovation in Africa and the Middle East as it continues to show support for the news media industry worldwide. The call is open to “projects that increase reader engagement and explore new business models to build a stronger future for journalism”. Applications are open to established publishers, news startups, online-only publications and local industry associations. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | April 12
Welcome International Master’s Fellowship 2021 for low and middle income nationals
The Welcome International Master’s Fellowship scheme offers national of low and income countries the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level. Research proposal should on a health priority in a low and middle income country. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | April 13
Wiki Loves Africa 2021
The annual Wiki Loves Africa contest is aimed at anyone across Africa that can contribute health and wellness-related media for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Participants are encouraged to submit visual representations of health and wellness such as photography, video and audio. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | April 15
The Ruth First Fellowship
The Ruth First Fellowship is a prestigious award offered by the University of Witwatersrand that enables creatives to pursue in-depth projects that can be presented in ways that influence thinking, discussion and debate in South Africa. For details and to apply, click here
Deadline | April 16
AIJC 2021 Five Cities Conference: Call for co-hosting partners
The African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) has been hosted since 2005 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. It has grown to become the biggest annual gathering of working journalists on the continent, a meeting place for investigative reporters and a showcase of the best work from the continent.
To make the most out of pandemic conditions, they are planning AIJC2021 as a hybrid conference with small, safe, simultaneous gatherings in five African cities, live-streamed to the rest of the continent. And they seek partners in each region of Africa (other than Southern Africa, where we are based) to co-host these meetings. Find more info here.
Deadline | April 16
Lorenzo Natali Media Prize
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to honour courage in journalism. It rewards the excellence of journalists reporting about the stories that matter on the topics of inequality, poverty eradication, sustainable development, environment, biodiversity, climate action, digital, jobs and employment, education and skills development, migration, healthcare, and peace, democracy and human rights. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline| April 18
Pulitzer Centre Persephone Miel Fellowship 2021 for International Journalists
The Persephone Miel fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists as well as freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S. who are seeking to report from their home country. Female journalists and journalists from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be proficient in English. For details and to apply, click here
Deadline | April 23
Gender Justice Reporting Initiative
The International Women’s Media Foundation’s (IWMF) reporting initiative will enhance coverage of gender issues in South Africa and Uganda. In 2021, the IWMF will select 30+ journalists in South Africa and Uganda to participate in this program. Our fellows will complete a six-month, virtual training course, which includes physical and digital security workshops, and will have the opportunity to receive reporting grants and mentoring from experienced editors.
Deadline |May 11
Digital Media Awards Africa 2021
The annual awards will recognise publishers who have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the last 12 months. These will range from new approaches to digital subscriptions, impactful native advertising campaigns and projects that inspire. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | May 25
The McDonald Fellowship
The McDonald Fellowship enables early career researchers from low and middle-income countries to work in a research institute outside of their own country. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | June 30
Rainforest Journalism Fund
The Pulitzer Center invites journalists working on projects related to tropical rainforests to submit a proposal to the Rainforest Journalism Fund. The Pulitzer Center will pay for costs associated with reporting projects on tropical rainforests, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the local media. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | Rolling
Rapid Response Fund
The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organizations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | Rolling
HOWARD G. BUFFETT FUND FOR WOMEN JOURNALISTS
The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. For details and to apply, click here.
Deadline | Rolling