The IWMF seeks qualified experts to review applications for our portfolio of programs. We receive thousands of applications each year for our unique funding opportunities for women reporters around the world; in 2017 we plan to award more than $300,000 in small grants in addition to fellowships in East Africa and Latin America.
You can support the IWMF’s mission by volunteering to help us select potential fellows and grantees with just a few hours each month. All you need is an Internet connection and a passion for supporting the next generation of media leaders.
reviewers are journalists, academics, and/or professionals with an interest in
supporting gender equity in the news media. Reviewers will be responsible for
evaluating applications based on set guidelines and will review batches of
approximately 30 applications per cycle on a rolling basis throughout the year.
We are seeking reviewers for the IWMF’s programs including the
Howard G. Buffett Fund
for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women's Stories, the African
Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Latin America Reporting
As part of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, the IWMF will select teams of two women journalists to travel to Gulu, Uganda and Juba, South Sudan to report on regional migration from March 14 to March 31, 2018. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete a comprehensive security and first aid training from March 15 to 18. Fellows will depart for ten days of in country reporting that will be split between Uganda and South Sudan. The group will have access to five days of in-country reporting (March 19 to 24) from the first country, followed by five days of in-country reporting in the second location (March 25 to 30). The IWMF will determine the order of the South Sudan and Uganda trips based on story plans of fellows selected. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report collaboratively with their teammates and peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.
The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all fellows. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship.
All team applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
- Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
- Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
The IWMF's March 2018 Cross-border Reporting Fellowship is open to pairs of women journalists. Both applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews. Individuals cannot apply for this reporting fellowship. The IWMF encourages team applications that include African journalists.
To apply, we recommend using a shared email address to create your Submittable account and submit your application. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a shared statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support. Application notifications sent through Submittable will go to the email address associated with the account.
Accepting applications from November 7 2017 to December 5, 2017 at 11:59 EDT.
Please note the application deadline above. Do not follow the counter on Submittable.
See a complete sample application here.
Candidates for the Courage in Journalism Awards must be full-time staff or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers, or producers working in any country and of any nationality.
Self-nominations are not accepted.
ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance Security Training
The ACOS Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger.
The Alliance, in collaboration with FFR and RPT, is offering 10 bursaries for freelancers to have access to a 5 day HEFAT course in the UK. The course will take place from 20- 24 November, in Oxfordshire. Applicants should fill out this form by Friday 27 October.
In line with the ACOS Principles, the course is designed to help journalists covering conflict or exposed to safety challenges in their work to be better prepared. Provided by AK&P, the
course is delivered by different experts and it covers digital security, sexual harassment and emotional trauma and self-care. It blends discussion with practical and written assignments and exercises with a focus on immersive training. Participants will learn
the principles of security allowing them to be more effective and better able to get the story without becoming the story.
A vital element of this course is the medical training. Experienced and qualified medics will teach life saving techniques with a focus on working in remote regions. Upon successfully completing this course, participants will receive a level 3 certificate in First Response Emergency Care and AK&P will issue an attendance certificate.
ACOS is covering the course fee, including accommodation and food for the duration of the course. We do not cover travel to and from the course venue, although RPT will support a limited number of travel grants. FFR is helping with the administration and selection of bursaries.
Applications that don't get selected for this course will be kept on file, and freelancers may be contacted in relation to future opportunities. Please note the data collected through this form will be stored securely and the information will be accessible to relevant ACOS partners. Some of these partners have their own internal application procedures and in order to benefit from their financial support you may have to go though their internal application procedures. Completing this form does not guarantee a bursary.
If you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recipients of the Courage in Photojournalism Award will receive a cash prize of $20,000 and have their work showcased at the World Press Photo Festival for Visual Journalism. The IWMF will accept nominations and third-party nominations in English until January 19, 2018. Please read the eligibility criteria and nomination guidelines carefully before submitting a nomination. Entrants must be full-time women photojournalist of any nationality.
- Full-time journalists.
- journalism must be a candidate’s primary vocation.
- Both freelance journalists and those affiliated with media organizations are eligible.
- Identify as women.
- All nominations must include candidate information, work samples, and a candidate/nomination statement.
- The required work samples are 12 photographs that best represent the scope and style of the candidate’s work, within the context of challenging reporting environments.
- Each photograph must be accompanied by a caption describing the place and situation captured.
- Six (6) of the photos must have been taken within the past two years. The other six can be taken at any time during the candidate’s career.
- Submissions must include a 1 page candidate/nomination statement. The statement must answer the following questions:
- What stories does the candidate tell through her photos?
- Under what conditions does the candidate work?
- How do the photographs submitted with this nomination capture the scope of the candidate’s work?
- How do the candidate’s career and work reflect the values of Anja Niedringhaus?
- Candidate statements must be written in English.
For any inquiries related to the 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, please contact Justine O'Sullivan at email@example.com.