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. 

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. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Funding rounds will open for applications two times each year; applications take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to process. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

The second round of funding for 2017 will be open for online applications from June 19, 2017 - July 25, 2017 11:59 pm EST.

The fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so


  • Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience.
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guide and frequently asked questions on our website prior to beginning this application.

All application materials are due via the online system before July 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Letters of support or recommendation will not be accepted with the initial submission.

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.    

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Program Assistant

The IWMF seeks two highly organized, solutions-oriented self-starters who thrive in a fast-paced work environment and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure successful program outcomes. The Program Assistants will be integral members of the IWMF staff, helping to implement high-quality programs in challenging environments. The Program Assistants will provide vital logistical and administrative support for the organization’s programs, including the IWMF’s two Reporting Initiatives in Latin America and the Great Lakes of Africa, which provide international and in-country reporting fellowships and journalism security training across twelve countries, and the IWMF’s two grant programs, the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and the Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories. They may assist with other IWMF programs, including the Courage in Journalism and Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards and the Emergency Fund. The Program Assistants will report to the Program Manager and the Senior Program Officer, and will work closely with members of the programs team as part of a tight-knit, collegial staff. The IWMF makes a concerted effort to promote from within. Program Assistant applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

 Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

•   Assist with travel arrangements and logistics for international reporting trips;

•   Assist in application and selection processes;

•   Conduct outreach to program applicants, participants, and alumni;

•   Assist with day-to-day tasks related to program implementation;

•   Draft program-related correspondence;

•   Conduct research on program topic areas and regions;

•   Assist in administrative and operational tasks;

•   Develop and track program calendars;

•   Assist in tracking program expenses;

•   Assist with program monitoring and evaluation;

•   Assist in social media and communications efforts;

•   Additional duties as assigned;

•   Some evening/weekend hours required. 


•   Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship skills, and an ability to work well with a variety of people and personalities across cultures;

•   Solid group facilitation and team leadership skills;

•   Sense of humor and ability to stay calm under pressure;

•   Self-starter who can manage and prioritize multiple programmatic tasks on deadline with minimal supervision;

•   Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented;

•   Strong and accurate writing and editing skills (examples of types of writing required include planning and research documents, program-related correspondence and reports);

•   Experience with programmatic monitoring and evaluation preferred;

•   Strong analytical and problem solving skills;

•   Sound judgment and ability to exercise high level of discretion;

•   Computer literacy: demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, strong internet research skills, Mac skills a plus;

•   Spanish or French language proficiency strongly preferred;

•   Basic photography skills a plus;

•   Familiarity with HTML/Wordpress a plus;

•   Adaptability and willingness to work in unpredictable environments including locations with challenging security conditions.

Minimum Requirements:

•   BA in Journalism, International Affairs or other relevant field of study;

•   One to three years of work experience, preferably in non-profit programs;

•   Willingness to travel up to 20% of the year;

•   Willingness to work in remote areas with limited infrastructure and amenities, including conflict and post-conflict zones;

•   Commitment to gender equality and an interest in news media and international affairs;