New funding for journalists to put global health topics in the spotlight
Send us your pitch and receive a €15,000 reporting grant
The European Journalism Centre today opens new calls for applications for its Global Health Journalism Grant Programmes for Germany and France. More than 20 grants worth €15,000 on average will be awarded overall, looking to advance the coverage of international health, health policy and development issues in German and French media.
About the programmes
Since the launch of the Global Health Journalism Grant Programmes for Germany (2016) and France (2018), we have disbursed over half a million euros to 39 journalistic projects that brought under-reported global health stories to the attention of audiences in Germany and France.
Stories on antibiotic resistance in India, the mental health crisis in Iraq and lead poisoning of communities living near recycling factories in Nigeria, to name just a few, have had an impact on a wide spectrum of society, ranging from audience engagement to donations to NGOs.
Our grantees’ work has won journalism awards such us the Memento Prize for Neglected Diseases, related to this reporting about solutions to failed public healthcare systems, and the Journalism Prize of the Central Committee for the Fight against Tuberculosis, for this project about improved access to healthcare in India.
What you need to know to apply
These two grant programmes are designed for freelancers and staff journalists with a proven track record in covering development, global health and science. Applicants need to provide a letter of intent for publication from at least one relevant media outlet in Germany or France. There is no citizenship, nationality or residence restriction. Before applying, please read carefully the eligibility criteria for the German call or for the French call.
The deadline for the submission of proposals is 8 August 2019 (22:00 CEST).
Selection criteria include originality, focus & balance of the chosen topic, audience reach and expected impact on the targeted audiences. Award decisions will be taken by the EJC and editorial independence will be rigorously safeguarded. Applicants will be notified by email on the status of their applications by end of August.
If you have further questions about your application, we are organising “Ask-Me-Anything” sessions: on 25 July 2019 for those applying for the German grant; and on 29 July 2019 for those applying for the French programme.
Besides having these one-on-ones, a detailed set of responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found here, for the German call, and here for the French one. Alternatively, you can also contact the EJC team at firstname.lastname@example.org for the German programme and at email@example.com for the French grant.
This initiative to enable journalists to produce in-depth reporting on global health is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
For background on the Global Health Journalism Grant Programmes, check out these articles: