The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provides travel grants to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project. Our goal is to facilitate reporting from outside the United States. We encourage grantees from diverse backgrounds to apply.
We support projects across all media platforms and encourage ones that combine print, photography, radio, and video.
There are special grant opportunities in addition to our rolling main grants, detailed below.
While the vast majority of our grants go towards international projects, currently we are accepting proposals on topics that may have a domestic focus: mass incarceration and gun violence.
In both cases we have an interest in stories with a domestic focus, or a purely international angle, or projects that draw comparisons between the United States and other countries.
Please follow the guidelines under "Main Travel Grants Program" to apply.
SPECIAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Student Fellow International Reporting Grants: The Center provides travel grants to students at participating Campus Consortium schools. Learn more.
Columbia Journalism School documentary program: Apply here with your proposed project. Include Columbia J School in the title. The deadline for 2017 graduates is January 5, 2018. Applications for the 2018 class will open in February.
Persephone Miel Fellowship: We also offer travel grants to non-native, English-speaking journalists. Learn about the Persephone Miel Fellowship.
The Catalyst Fund is designed to foster strategic partnerships with major news outlets in support of freelance multimedia journalists. Multimedia journalists seeking to apply for support under the Catalyst Fund can follow the same guidelines as for our main travel grants program, detailed below.
MAIN TRAVEL GRANTS PROGRAM
Terms of travel grant: (These do not apply to application guidelines for our student and Persephone Miel fellowship programs.)
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting funds international travel costs associated with reporting projects on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The amount of individual travel grants will depend on the specific project and detailed budget planning. Most awards fall in the range of $5,000 to $15,000 but depending on project specifics may be higher.
On approved projects, half of the grant amount is generally paid just before travel and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process.
Distribution: Proposed projects must include a credible plan for broad dissemination of the resulting work in U.S. and/or European news media (print and/or broadcast). Applicants should be able to demonstrate interest from editors and/or producers working in wide-reaching U.S. and/or European news media outlets. The credibility of a distribution plan is generally most evident in an applicant's track-record working with the listed outlets. Please do not have editors send letters simply stating they would consider the work. Letters from editors and/or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged.
Cross-Platform: The Pulitzer Center is increasingly seeking multi-media projects that combine print/photography and video to explore the issues. We encourage applicants to create partnerships with others and propose a complementary suite of deliverables. If you are only working in one medium, you may still apply.
Safety: If your project proposal involves reporting in a hostile or dangerous environment, we require that you and your potential outlets adhere strictly to the ACOS Alliance principles outlined here. Freelancers who plan to report from conflict zones or hostile environments must have a firm assignment from a news organization that will assume full responsibility for his/her well-being. The Pulitzer Center is committed to support for Hostile Environment Training where appropriate.
Eligibility: Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as free-lancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.