The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting partners with individual journalists and news organizations to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media. We accept applications to fund reporting projects from freelance and staff journalists as well as assignment editors at news outlets.
Applicants must include in their proposal letters of commitment from news outlets with significant reach to publish or broadcast their work, and we look favorably on applications for reporting that will appear in multiple outlets. There is no deadline for applications; grants are awarded on a rolling basis. Awards cover reporting costs, and are based on reasonable, detailed budgets. Most awards for international travel are between $5,000 and $10,000, but may be more or less depending on circumstances. We expect news organizations to pay journalists for their work, though in exceptional cases, we may consider stipends to cover a reporter’s time.
While most projects we support involve international travel, we also fund enterprise and investigative reporting on domestic issues that get less attention in the news. Recent examples include work on mass incarceration, gun violence, property rights, civil asset forfeiture, poverty and equal opportunity.. We do not fund routine breaking news, spot news, or general beat coverage.
We support projects across all media platforms and encourage ambitious, prize-worthy proposals that combine print, photography, audio, and/or video for one or more news outlets. The most successful projects are those in which news outlets match our commitment by adding interactive or multimedia elements to enhance and showcase their original reporting.
Grants are open to reporters, photographers, radio/audio journalists, television/video journalists, and documentary filmmakers. We are committed to supporting journalists from diverse backgrounds and of all nationalities.
Aside from our general reporting grants described above, we also offer specialized grant opportunities:
We have opened a call for proposals for: projects on Religion and Peacebuilding as well as projects on Religion and the Environment. Please follow instructions above for main travel grants, simply put either "Religion and Peacebuilding" or "Religion and the Environment" in the name of the title.
The Rainforest Journalism Fund supports reporting on tropical rainforests in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
- Grants for journalists reporting for major American and European news outlets on tropical rainforests in any part of the world. (Applications must be in English). Learn more.
- Grants for journalists based in the Amazon region reporting for local and regional outlets. (Applications can be in English, Portuguese, or Spanish). Learn more.
- In the fall of 2019, we will begin offering grants to journalists reporting for local and regional outlets in Africa and Asia.
The Connected Coastlines is an initiative for newsrooms and journalists who serve U.S. coastal states to document and report on the untold or unappreciated ways in which climate change is affecting coastal populations. As of June 13, 2019, we have opened a call for proposals for Connected Coastlines—the application deadline is August 15, 2019. Learn more and apply here.
The Persephone Miel Fellowship awards grants to journalists outside of North America and Western Europe. Learn more.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS
Payment: 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.
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. If you plan to report from conflict zones or hostile environments, you must have a firm assignment from a news organization that agrees to assume full responsibility for your well-being. Periodically, the Pulitzer Center offers successful grantees opportunities for Hostile Environment Training. The next training course is not yet scheduled, and the application will be advertised on this page when details are finalized.
GRANTS FOR STUDENTS
The Pulitzer Center also awards reporting grants to students who attend colleges and universitities that are members of our Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium network. For more information please see Student Fellows.
We are also offering a special opportunity for our Campus Consortium student fellows and student fellow alums: a call for proposals on religion as it relates to climate change and for proposals on religion as it relates to peace and conflict. The deadline is April 15, 2019. Learn more.