Solutions Challenge 2023 – AI and Disinformation

ICFJ’s Leap Innovation Lab is offering a 12-week programme on using AI to combat disinformation. The programme is free but requires your enthusiasm and time commitment. There will be an opportunity to receive a development grant at the end of the programme that will allow participants to build out their ideas. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 3

Poetry, fiction and non-fiction contest 

Creative writers can submit poetry, nonfiction and fiction stories to compete for a $1,000 grand prize and publication in each genre. is hosting its 14th annual contest in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. is the world’s first place-based online journal that joins literary work — poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction — with articles and community case studies. Creative writers can submit one to four poems in a single document. One fiction story and one nonfiction essay or article with a total of 5,000 words can also be submitted. The entry fee is $20 per story, essay, article, or set of one to five poems. Finalists in each genre will also receive publication and $200. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 4

Fund for Investigative Journalism

The Fund for Investigative Journalism provides grants and other support for reporters to produce high-quality, unbiased, non-partisan investigative stories that have an impact. Freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets are eligible for grants, and their investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 5

Global Fact Check Fund

The Global Fact Check Fund will award grants in an open competition for one or a series of programmes to support third-party organisations in strengthening the capabilities of fact-checking organisations across the world. Through multiple grant opportunities, this new initiative will offer up to $12 million in funding to recipients, in three tiers: up to $25,000, up to $50,000, and up to $100,000. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 7

Global Media Defence Fund 

NGOs, media or lawyers’ associations, media development agencies, foundations, academic institutions and noncommercial media institutions can apply for this programme. Unesco is seeking partners for the Global Media Defense Fund to enhance media protection and improve the access of journalists to specialised legal assistance. Partners will undertake initiatives to upscale and/or operationalise actions that enhance journalists’ legal protection and their access to legal assistance. The total grant allocated for this programme is $1.4 million. Selected organisations can request $15,000 to $35,000. Preference will be given to proposals impacting regions/countries where the safety of journalists is more at risk based on Unesco’s Observatory of Killed Journalists. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 11

Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Programme

The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Programme is designed to bring journalists, scholars, politicians and policymakers to the Shorenstein Center for a semester to work on a project with a tangible output and engage with students, faculty, other fellows, and the broader Harvard Kennedy School community. They are expected to be fully-participating members of the Shorenstein Center community while in residence, attending and participating in Center events, social gatherings, and other activities. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 12

Covering Rare Diseases: Journalism Fellowship & Global Reporting Grants

The National Press Foundation is offering an online conference for journalists who wish to cover rare diseases from November 13-17, 2023. The programme is free, on the record, and open to journalists from around the world. The programme will consist of online briefings and question-and-answer sessions from top world experts in rare diseases, diagnostics, targeted testing and drug development, as well as from leaders of patient advocacy groups and journalists who have been covering the issues. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 12

African Investigative Journalist of the Year Award

The Award recognises outstanding examples of investigative reporting from Africa that reveal untold stories, hold the powerful to account, question those in public life and serve the public interest. The prize is $5,000. The Award is open to all journalists or teams of journalists working in any media for stories from and about Africa published or broadcast in African media between 1 June 2022 to 1 June 2023. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 15

Radio Workshop 

Radio Workshop is taking pitches in English for our next series of stories. They are looking for African audio producers who have a story that explores the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth anywhere on the continent. They are very interested in hearing pitches from Uganda, Senegal, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia. But we’re open to pitches from anywhere in Africa. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 15

Morland Writing Scholarship

African writers working on fiction and nonfiction books can apply for a scholarship. The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) is offering the Morland Writing Scholarship, to allow each scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000 – paid monthly over 12 months. At the discretion of the foundation, scholars writing nonfiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over up to 18 months. To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 to 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 18

NED grants programme

Independent media organisations, civic groups and associations can apply. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. NED encourages applications from organisations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transition. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000. NED is interested in proposals from organisations for nonpartisan programmes that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 20

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme provides a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration with US counterparts. Primary funding for the Humphrey Programme is provided by the US Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. Participants from the following regions are eligible: Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South and Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere.

During the programme, fellows pursue both their individual programme goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical American graduate school experience, the programme encourages fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. Applicants are required to have at least an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience, demonstrated leadership qualities, a commitment to public service in their community and fluent English. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline I Rolling

Pulitzer Center Journalism Grants on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organisation that supports independent global journalism, is seeking applications for innovative data-driven journalism projects that spotlight underreported issues. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | Rolling



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