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.

If you are requesting assistance related to COVID-19, please apply through our Journalism Relief Fund. The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits – journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. The application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and French.

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

About the IWMF
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), a Washington-based non-profit founded in 1990, is the only organization in the world that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women. We are making more women’s bylines possible, working tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide.

Role Description
The IWMF is run by a staff passionate about protecting, supporting and promoting women in news media. The program coordinator will primarily support the IWMF’s grants and awards and support a wide range of IWMF initiatives as a member of the programs team. The team is responsible for coordinating the organization’s portfolio of initiatives that advance the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women journalists. Our grants and awards include:

  • Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
  • Kim Wall Memorial Fund
  • Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis
  • U.S. Emergency Fund
  • Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund
  • Courage in Journalism Awards
  • Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award
  • Gwen Ifill Award

A full list of IWMF programs is available on our website.

Reporting to the program manager, the program coordinator will be primarily responsible for supporting the IWMF’s grant making initiatives and programmatic selection processes for the IWMF’s grants and awards. The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is broad in scope and supports a variety of projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. The Kim Wall Memorial Fund awards reporting grants each year in memory of IWMF fellow Kim Wall (1987-2017). The IWMF’s Emergency Funds provides small grants for journalists in distress, help them to purchase protective equipment, relocate for their safety, cover equipment loss or medical costs related to reporting on civil unrests, and support their mental well-being. In addition, the program coordinator will assist in the process of soliciting nominations for and the selection of the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism, Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism, and Gwen Ifill awardees.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g. media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)

Experience: One to four years of work experience in program coordination or management, journalism, grantmaking, or international development. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship-building skills, to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities including journalists, grantees, reporting fellows, board members, volunteers, peers, foundation constituents, donors and consultants. In addition:

  • Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Self-starter with superb organizational skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize.
  • Driven to perform at the highest level.
  • Commitment to continual improvement.
  • Prior grantmaking experience desired.
  • Knowledge and experience in program and/or people management.
  • Passion for international affairs/journalism and understanding of global media landscape.
  • Motivation to learn and work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Fluency in another language desired with preference for Spanish or French.
  • Mission first attitude.
  • High level of discretion and sensitivity in working with journalists in crisis.
  • Sense of humor required.

Reporting to the program manager, the program coordinator will be responsible for the supporting all grants and awards initiatives described above. They will also provide backstopping for other programs as needed. Additionally, they will work to enhance IWMF’s outreach efforts with the journalism community, help organize public forums on behalf of the IWMF including programs-related events and participate in conferences representing the IWMF. A description of responsibilities follows:

Assisting in all aspects of the IWMF’s grant making initiatives.

  • Supporting on all application and selection processes, maintaining a high level of quality control
  • Coordinating application rounds, including application review and candidate interviews
  • Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing
  • Serving as a point of contact for all grantees and applicants
  • Drafting social media outreach in coordination with the communications staff
  • Monitoring grantee reports and project timelines
  • Developing application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants
  • Tracking applicant diversity and statistics
  • Preparing grant reports
  • Gathering and organizing program related data and assisting in monitoring and evaluation of programs
  • Organizing selection processes and managing selection committees
  • Systematizing application processes in coordination with programs staff
  • Ensuring that website content for the IWMF’s grant making initiatives is up to date
  • Engaging with grantees and IWMF network to grow organization’s reach and impact
  • Coordinating and growing the IWMF’s selection committees

Assisting in the Emergency Funds for Journalists in Crisis.

  • Providing support on all Emergency Fund cases

Coordinating the nomination and selection processes for all IWMF awards.

  • Implementing solicitation strategies to increase submissions for all IWMF awards
  • Researching prospective awardees
  • Conducting proactive outreach for nominations
  • Reviewing nominations and preparing candidate materials for the selection committee
  • Liaising with awardees in coordination with the communications team, as needed.

Supporting other IWMF programs as needed.

The IWMF offers a generous benefits package, including individual health insurance (80% paid by the IWMF), dental coverage, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, the opportunity to establish an FSA and paid holidays as well as paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In addition, we offer a 401k upon an employee’s start date with a matching contribution based on tenure. Other benefits include two weeks of paid vacation, two weeks of sick leave and three personal days within the first year of employment.

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume via Submittable by Wednesday, April 28.

The IWMF is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based upon race, color, sex, age, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or any other status protected by applicable law. The IWMF values a diverse workplace and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. We regret that we can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.