Fellowships: Regional

Updated:April 2018

Fellowships: Regional

These fellowships are exclusively available to freelancers from a specific region and/or country.


IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative

Deadline: September
Country/Region Applicable: Rwanda and Uganda

As part of this initiative, IWMF are offering two international reporting fellowships to enable women journalists to cover underreported economic and rural development issues in Rwanda and Uganda. The fellowship covers the costs of all travel, lodging and meals, as well as the costs of hiring fixers and interpreters. Applicants must be women journalists with a minimum of three years' professional experience in journalism, including those working as freelancers. Journalists working in print, broadcast and digital media are all elegible to apply. 


Middle East & North Africa

Wilson Center Visiting Arab Journalist Program

Deadline: July
Country/Region Applicable: Middle East and United States

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Middle East Program offer an annual fellowship for one journalist from the Middle East region to travel to the center and undertake three months of policy orientated research in Washington. Candidates must working in print, broadcast, radio or digital media, fluent in both Arabic and English and have at least five years of professional experience. 

The Asfari Fellowship

Deadline: September
Country/Region Applicable: Syria, Lebanon, Palestine
for freelancers with 5 years experience under their belt and an excellent standard of English, the Asfari Fellowship at Oxford is an excellent opportunity to spend one or two terms studying at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. As well as study and research on focussing on the production of a 5 - 8,000 word paper at the end of their stay successful fellows will be connected with an international network of major media organisations. Candidates who will continue to report from the Levant and Turkey are especially considered for Asfari Fellowships. This year's applications are open until 5 September - apply here!

Richard Beeston Bursary

Deadline: September
Country/Region Applicable: Middle East & North Africa

This fellowship has two different streams. The first offers £6,000 for an aspiring correspondent to spend six weeks working abroad, researching and reporting on foreign news for The Times. The second offers £6,000 to a journalist who has experience of working in Lebanon, the West Bank or Israel to undertake a six-week fellowship on the Times foreign desk in London. The fellowship is aimed at journalists at the beginning of their career. Applicants must have a strong command of English.

RNTC Scholarships

Deadline: July 
Country/Region Applicable: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia

This Dutch organisation provides investigative journalism scholarships for journalists from 9 Middle Eastern countries to attend their wide range of courses in Holland. The scholarships cover the full cost of travel and visa, all accommodation and meals, and the course itself. They even provide the insurance for your stay. 

Reham al-Farra Memorial Fellowship Program

Deadline: March
Country/Region Applicable: Countries in Transition - see website for further details 

Established by the United Nations, the RAF scholarship gives the opportunity for journalists from countries in transition to experience at first hand the work of the United Nations in New York. Journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 must currently be freelancing for a recognised news organisation and have several years’ professional experience. This fellowship is particularly usefully for meeting and skill-sharing with fellows from other parts of the world during the program, which takes place in September and October. 


CJFE Fellowship

Deadline: February
Country/Region Applicable: Latin America and the Caribbean

This fellowship offers one Latin American journalist the opportunity to study a subject of their choosing for two semesters at the University of Toronto. Applicants must have a minimum of 7 years’ experience and be currently working as a journalist in Latin America or the Caribbean. Applicants must also be proficient in English.  

Investigative Reporters and Editors: Freelance Fellowship

Deadline: April
Country/Region Applicable: U.S.A

This fellowship from the IRE can provide $1000 or more just for freelancers based in the United States conducting investigative projects. When you’re applying for this fellowship, you’ll need to prove your freelance status, and have a specific assignment or story in mind that you’ll fund using assistance from the fellowship. If you already know any details of outlets which might like to publish the outcomes of your project, make sure you include these details in your application.

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: February
Country/Region Applicable: U.S.A.

The Robert Novak Fellowship offers professional print journalists with less than 10 years experience fellowships of $50,000 to undertake a year-long project that focuses on American culture and a free society. Smaller bursaries are also available for journalists undertaking a project on the same topic on a part-time basis.

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship

Deadline: March
Country/Region Applicable: U.S.A.

This fellowship offers one place each year for an experienced journalist to undertake a nine-month residency researching and reporting on the Council of Foreign Relations. Applicants must have extensive experience covering international issues and be based in the U.S. The fellowship awards a stipend of $65,000 for the period it covers, as well as a modest travel grant. Print, broadcast or online journalists are eligible to apply.

UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism Investigative Reporting Program Fellowship

Deadline: March
Country/Region Applicable: Mexico/U.S.A.

Established in 2007, this fellowship is designed to enable journalists to pursue an in-depth investigative journalism project for one year by providing them with a salary ($53,000), benefits, editorial guidance and a $10,000 travel stipend, as well as a space to work from at UC Berkley. The fellowship is run through Berkley's Graduate School of Journalism, and four fellowships are available each year. 

Alicia Patterson Fellowship

Deadline: October
Country/Region Applicable: U.S.A.

This scheme awards 5-7 grants per year to US journalists or non-American journalists who regularly work for a US publication. The aim of the fellowship is to support independent media, and applicants must either be photojournalists or work in print media. Twelve-month fellowships are worth up to $40,000, whilst six-month ones are worth $20,000.

Applications must be sent by post with examples of your work and the projected costs of your proposal.

Buzzfeed News/Columbia Journalism School Investigative Reporting Fellowship for Journalists of Color

Deadline: November
Country/Region Applicable: U.S.A.

Buzzfeed News and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism are sponsoring a year long investigative journalism fellowship, aimed at giving a mid-career journalist of colour the opportunity to tackle big investigative stories for Buzzfeed and to improve their skills by auditing courses at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Candidates should have at least five years of professional journalism experience, and a well-formed proposal for an investigative story or series that exposes "a major abuse of power, betrayal of trust, or systemic problem".Candidates must also demonstrate they have the sources, skills and reporting plan to be able to complete the story. The successful fellow will receive a stipend of $85,000 for one year. Applicants must submit a CV, five examples of work, a project proposal and three letters of recommendation.

Michael Hastings National Security Fellowship

Deadline: November
Country/Region Applicable: U.S.A.

This programme, established in memory of investigative journalist Michael Hastings, offers a year-long fellowship reporting on national security issues for Buzzfeed. The fellow, who will be awarded a stipend of $85,000, is aimed at "proven journalists with strong sources and major stories to their credit". To apply, you will need to submit a CV, five stories you feel are most representative of your work, a project proposal and three letters of recommendation.


Investigative Reporters and Editors: Freelance Fellowship

Deadline: April
Country/Region Applicable: USA

This fellowship from the IRE can provide $1000 or more just for freelancers based in the United States conducting investigative projects. When you’re applying for this fellowship, you’ll need to prove your freelance status, and have a specific assignment or story in mind that you’ll fund using assistance from the fellowship. If you already know any details of outlets which might like to publish the outcomes of your project, make sure you include these details in your application.


Dart Asia Pacific Fellowship

Deadline: February
Country/Region Applicable: “Asia-Pacific”

The Dart Centre Asia Pacific Fellowships offer seasoned journalists based in Asia or the Pacific who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and their coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy. The fellowship consists of seven-days of seminars and conversations in Bangkok, and will cover all travel, accommodation and ground expenses. Insurance, visas and related costs are not covered. 

The fellowship is open to print, broadcast, online, photojournalists, camera operators, editors, producers from the Asia region with five years' of full-time experience. Note that this fellowship is held bi-annually. The next fellowship will be in 2015.

Asia Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: October/November
Country/Region Applicable: Asia (see their website for specific countries)

This fellowship offers journalists from across Asia the opportunity to undergo a three-month course of study and exchange at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Singapore. The aim of the fellowship is to allow participants to sharpen their professional skills and deepen their understanding of key journalism trends. Fellows will be provided with a $1,500 stipend per month, free accommodation, as well as having their travel costs covered.

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Professional Partnership Programme for Journalists

Deadline: October
Country/Regional Applicable: U.S. and Pakistan

This programme gives the opportunity for journalists from Pakistan to travel to the United States and spend a three week period in a U.S. newsroom. Each year 110-140 participants are selected for the fellowship. To apply, you must complete the application form on the USEFP website, alongside supplying to references.



Khadija Ismayilove Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: February
Country/Region Applicable: Eurasia

In living tribute to Khadija, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty came together to create this 6-month opportunity for journalists in their region to investigate corruption and abuses of power that impact democracy. Successful applicants will be installed in RFE/RL bureaus and then attend training at their headquarters in Prague in various journalistic practices. The fellowship can be used to fund ongoing projects or start a new one, but some work must be completed by the end of the term. Funding covers all living costs and travel for the duration, and can provide potentially further resources.

EU Journalism Fellowship

Deadline: February
Country/Region Applicable: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain

The EU Journalism Fellowship is designed to promote independent, quality journalism on the EU. Each year, twelve journalists are invited to a one-week seminar on reporting on the EU. Five are then selected to spend five weeks in Brussels at the office of EurActiv, covering EU stories. To be eligible, you must have a minimum of three years professional journalistic experience, but no longer than five years. You must also have strong written and verbal English skills.

Milena Jensk√° Fellowship for Journalists

Deadline: February/March
Country/Region Applicable:  Europe (plus Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey)

Named after the Czech journalist Milena Jensk√°, this fellowship offers European journalists time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice, with an emphasis on “cultural journalism”. Applicants must have worked in print, broadcast or online journalism for several years. Each fellow will be invited to spend three months at the Institute for Human Sciences in Austria, and receive a stipend of €7,500. Travel grants of up to €1,900 can be paid for project-related research trips.

New College Journalism Fellowships

Deadline: Ongoing
Based in Bucharest, successful fellows will be able to spend one or two semesters in the Romanian capital. Freelancers and other journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are eligible to apply, with projects in mind on the topic of their choice. The scholarship provides a stipend of 750 Euros per month and the additional opportunity to study at an institution elsewhere in Europe for a month during the fellowship. 

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Deadline: April
Country/Region Applicable: Balkans

With funding from the ERSTE Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence gives 10 journalists the opportunity to receive funding and professional support to conduct their own research project. This includes a grant of €2,000, a travel allowance of €2,000 and the chance to participate in a 7-month programme of professional development.

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