This is an application for the United States Journalism Emergency Fund, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies. To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:

  • Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
  • Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.

Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.

To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received. 

If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email

We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 for journalists in crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting. The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women-identifying journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
  • The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

En el 2013 establecimos el Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF para periodistas en crisis para proporcionar un apoyo vital en tiempos de apuros o amenaza para mujeres periodistas. Ahora más que nunca, los periodistas de todo el mundo enfrentan peligros reales por sus reportajes.

El Fondo de Emergencia se sostiene con el apoyo de donantes individuales para proporcionar asistencia directa a las periodistas en apuros.

El Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF brinda a las mujeres periodistas:

  • Pequeñas subvenciones para atención psicológica y médica relacionadas a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista;
  • Tres meses de asistencia para reubicación temporal en casos de crisis o amenazas;
  • Ayuda legal para contrarrestar amenazas de encarcelamiento o censura;
  • Asistencia no financiera en forma de información sobre el acceso a recursos adicionales.

Para solicitar al Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, los candidatos deben cumplir con los siguientes requerimientos:

  • Ser una periodista empleada por un medio o ser una periodista independiente que trabaje en cualquier medio, cuya profesión principal es el periodismo;
  • Trabajar como periodista en tiempo completo durante los últimos seis meses;
  • Solicitar asistencia directamente relacionada a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista; 

Para solicitar asistencia del Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, la postulante debe completar este cuestionario preliminar. Un miembro de la IWMF responderá a su solicitud de manera oportuna para solicitar información adicional. Es importante comprender que comprender qué tomará tiempo para procesar su solicitud y que priorizaremos solicitudes más urgentes. Las solicitudes que no cumplan con los criterios anteriores no serán consideradas.

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.  Starting from January 2020, the Fund for Women Journalists will accept applications on a rolling basis. Applications take approximately 3 weeks to process.

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. The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.
  • 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. 

If you have questions to the Fund, please email program manager Jin Ding at

During the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists have needed to digest complex, and often unfamiliar, scientific and public health information to provide accurate and reliable reporting for their communities. They have also been tasked with combating the spread of dis- and misinformation, which the World Health Organization has identified as a priority for ensuring acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines and controlling the pandemic.

Many communities across Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be hard-hit by COVID-19, largely due to a lack of equitable access to vaccines. In this context, the IWMF will develop and support a cohort of journalists from low and middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean with expertise in vaccines and immunization. Established with the support of the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Immunization Advocates program, this Initiative will allow the IWMF to provide journalists with learning, funding and mentoring opportunities to cover urgent issues, like vaccine acceptance and demand and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine is having on routine immunization programs.

The IWMF will select a total of 30 journalists to participate in our Global Health Reporting Initiative this year. From September to December 2021, our cohort will participate in a virtual course that will increase access to global and regional experts, trusted sources and evidence-based information on vaccines and immunization. Following the course, the IWMF will also provide cohort members with competitive grants, paired with mentoring from senior reporters, in order to support clear, comprehensive and factual reporting on vaccines and immunization. This Initiative will enable journalists to provide communities with essential information through accurate and timely reporting.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The Initiative is open to women, men and non-binary journalists.
  • Applicants must be full-time, professional working journalists with at least two years of journalism experience.
  • Applicants must reside and work in a low- or middle-income country in Africa or Latin America and the Caribbean (as categorized by the World Bank).
  • The Initiative is open to journalists of all backgrounds and experience levels. Early and mid-career journalists, as well as senior investigative journalists, are encouraged to apply.
  • Journalists in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean must be fluent in English and Spanish respectively in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Initiative. 

The IWMF is accepting applications from June 22, 2021 to July 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. To apply, please create a free Submittable account and fill out this application form.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Program Manager Claudia Gonzalez at

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, los periodistas han tenido que digerir información científica y de salud pública compleja, y a menudo desconocida, para ofrecer una información precisa y fiable a sus comunidades. También se les ha encomendado la tarea de combatir la difusión de la desinformación y la mala información, que la Organización Mundial de la Salud ha identificado como una prioridad para garantizar la aceptación de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 y controlar la pandemia.

Muchas comunidades de África y América Latina y el Caribe siguen viéndose afectadas por el COVID-19, en gran parte debido a la falta de acceso equitativo a las vacunas. En este contexto, la IWMF apoyará y proveerá a una cohorte de periodistas de países de bajos y medianos ingresos de África y América Latina y el Caribe con experiencia en vacunas e inmunización. Establecida con el apoyo del programa de Defensores de la Inmunización (Immunization Advocates en inglés) del Instituto de Vacunas Sabin, esta iniciativa permitirá a la IWMF ofrecer a los periodistas oportunidades de aprendizaje, financiación y tutoría para cubrir temas urgentes, como la aceptación y la demanda de vacunas y el impacto que la pandemia y la vacuna COVID-19 están teniendo en los programas de inmunización rutinarios.

La IWMF seleccionará un total de 30 periodistas para que participen en nuestra Iniciativa Global de Reportaje sobre Salud este año. De septiembre a diciembre de 2021, nuestra cohorte participará en un curso virtual que aumentará el acceso a expertos mundiales y regionales, fuentes confiables e información basada en evidencia sobre vacunas e inmunización. Después del curso, la IWMF también proporcionará a los miembros de la cohorte becas competitivas, junto con la tutoría de reporteros de alto nivel, con el fin de apoyar la información clara, completa y objetiva sobre las vacunas y la inmunización. Esta iniciativa permitirá a los periodistas proporcionar información esencial a las comunidades mediante reportajes precisos y oportunos.

Criterios de elegibilidad:

  • A la beca pueden aplicar periodistas sin distinción por sexo o identidad de género. 
  • Los solicitantes deben ser periodistas profesionales que trabajen a tiempo completo y deben tener un mínimo de dos años de experiencia en periodismo. 
  • Los solicitantes deben residir y trabajar en un país de ingresos bajos o medios de América Latina o el Caribe (según la clasificación del Banco Mundial).
  • La Iniciativa está abierta a periodistas de todos los orígenes y niveles de experiencia. Se anima a los periodistas que se encuentran en la fase inicial de su carrera, así como a los periodistas de investigación de alto nivel, a que presenten su candidatura.

La convocatoria está abierta del 22 de junio al 22 de julio de 2021 hasta las 11:59 pm EDT.

Para cualquier pregunta adicional, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a la Gerente de Programas Claudia Gonzalez en