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. Our ideal project offers print, photography, radio, and video. There are occasional special grant opportunities in addition to our rolling main grants, detailed below.
SPECIAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Tribeca Film Pitch Competition: The New York Times Op-Docs, Pulitzer Center, and Tribeca Film Institute to host a pitch competition during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmakers from around the world, and students attending Campus Consortium partner schools, are invited to pitch short documentary films on international topics for the Op-Docs series before a live audience at the Tribeca Film Festival. Deadline is March 27. Learn more.
Data Journalism Grants: We are seeking data-driven stories that use open data to reveal new perspectives on property rights issues related to land tenure, indigenous land rights, transparency in land transactions and concessions, resource rights, or overlapping land use rights, and more. Learn more.
Freelancer Hostile Environment and First Aid Training: The Pulitzer Center, in collaboration with The New York Times and A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS), is pleased to announce that we will cover the costs of industry-approved Hostile Environment/First Aid Training (HEFAT) courses for up to 31 freelance journalists working anywhere in the world. Hostile Environment and First Aid Training. Learn more.
Student Travel Grants: The Center provides travel grants to students at participating Campus Consortium schools. Learn more.
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. 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.