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. 

Ideal 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 Initiative, Adelante.    

As part of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, six women journalists will report in and around Kigali, Rwanda. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation November 5-18. Fellows then depart for eight days of reporting based in Kigali, where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The trip will end November 18. 

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.

Please note this trip will be based in Kigali. Applicants must pitch stories that can be reported in and around this messaged location. The feasibility of day trips outside Kigali will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•   Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working full-time in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.

•   Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

•   Non-native English speakers must be proficient in English 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 (a letter from an editor is strongly preferred).

Accepting Applications:

July 25 - August 29, 2017

See a complete sample application here

As part of IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, six women journalists will travel to Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) to report on issues related to civic engagement from November 5-18. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region. Fellows will then depart for one week of in-country reporting during which they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to the trip theme.

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, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.
   

Journalists accepted to the program assume liability for all risks inherent to reporting from a conflict zone. The IWMF reserves the right to postpone or cancel the CAR reporting trip if the situation on the ground deteriorates and is deemed to dangerous to proceed by our IWMF staff and security advisors. 

Eligibility Criteria

 
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be a woman journalist with at least three years of professional experience working in news media. Reporters working in 
print, broadcast, or digital media, including freelancers, are eligible. 
 
  • Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. Journalists must be fluent in French, based on the lack of availability of English speaking fixers and interpreters.
  • Must have experience reporting from a hostile environment, and will preferably have experience reporting from Africa's Great Lakes region. 
  • Must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
Accepting Applications:

July 25 - August 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

See a complete sample application here