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Grants: Asia

Grants: Asia

These grants are specifically aimed at journalists working in South, East and Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Press Alliance Fellowship Programme

Deadline:  June-July
Country/Region Applicable: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam

Mid-career print, online or broadcast Southeast Asian journalists with at least five years' experience may be interested in applying for a grant from SEAPA, a Bangkok-based NGO that campaigns for free press in the region. This grant offers a two-week fellowship workshop plus the funds to undertake a four-week long project that covers travel, research and production costs. Seven grants are given out each year.

Asia New Zealand Foundation Travel and discretionary grants for Journalists

Deadline: July and October
Country/Region Applicable: Asia and New Zealand
Freelancers from New Zealand who are interested in covering stories in Asia should consider applying for a grant from the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Applicants must have a clear plan of what stories they want to cover, and will fund visits of up to three weeks' duration. The grants cover up to 80% of most costs, including travel, insurance, and visa costs. Proposals must seek to expand New Zealanders' knowledge of the Asia region. 

Abe Fellowship for Journalists

Deadline: September
Country/Region Applicable: US/Japan

Freelancers from the US or Japan with at least five years of professional experience can apply for the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, run by the US-based Social Science Research Council. Successful applicants' projects will "inform public debate or public policy" on Japanese or US relations. Each grant is worth $23,500, which can go towards travel, research and production costs. The proposed project should last no more than six weeks. For more information, visit their website.

FEJI ATREE Media Fellowships

Deadline: November
Country/Region Applicable: India

Indian journalists with three years of experience of environmental reporting at either an English or Indian-regional language media organisation can apply to this grant, which offers journalists the opportunity to pursue conservation stories. Each fellow will receive one lakh (1000000INR) which must go towards research, field travel and writing. Recipients must complete their projects within the three-month time limit of the fellowship and they will be published by ATREE. For more information, visit their website.

China-Africa Reporting Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Applicable: Africa/China

Run by the South African organisation Wit journalism, this programme aims to support African journalists interested in the growing relationship between China and the African continent. Both Chinese and African journalists are available to apply for reporting grants, which cover travel, accommodation and other expenses.

Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism Writing Fellowships

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Applicable: The Philippines

If you are a freelancer based in the Philippines, or interested in writing a story on the Philippines, then this fellowship may be able to provide financial support for your project.  Grants can be up to P50,000 (roughly £750) for each production component and can help towards travel, research expenses, and in some instances radio and video editing costs. The project can cover a number of different areas of concern, including democratisation, economic reform, local governance and human rights. For more information on the breadth of the topics covered by this fellowship, and how to apply, please visit their website.

South Asian Journalism Association Reporting Fellowships

Deadline: October/November
Country/Region Applicable: Journalists from South Asia/Journalists Reporting on South Asia

International freelancers interested in South Asia may want to consider applying for a grant from the US-based SAJA. A total of $20,000 is given out each year, with each grant generally between $3,000-$7,000 to fund reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians after breaking news crews have moved on. The finished project must be able to be published by a US or Canadian news outlet.

To apply, email the Chairman of SAJA's Awards & Fellowships fund at, with a proposal which includes the project's working title, information about the project, and your credentials. The application window is announced every Autumn.

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