We are calling for passionate educators and researchers to turn their innovative ideas on climate and environment issues into reality! The Pulitzer Center Impact Seed Fund (ISF) supports educational and engagement initiatives addressing the most critical issues confronting our planet's ecosystems and communities.


The Impact Seed Funding (ISF) is a microscale grant provided by the Pulitzer Center to support education, research, or scientific activities with the aim to enrich the perspectives and knowledge within the university community—specifically students and educators. The 2024 ISF focuses on a range of topics, including rainforests, oceans, and climate change, with a particular emphasis on its interconnectedness with workers and vulnerable communities. ISF facilitates a deeper understanding of complex problems and encourages the exploration of solutions and innovations to address the impact of human activities on rainforests, ocean, and the climate crisis.

The ISF is designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of educators and communities, enabling applicants to create activities related to pressing issues of climate and environment relevant to the local context. Launched in 2022 in Indonesia, the ISF has since expanded its scope to Brazil, Africa, and beyond.  

We believe in the power of knowledge and the role of education and educators in addressing multidisciplinary issues in social and environmental topics. Therefore, the ISF is designed to provide seed funding to educators globally to raise awareness of key issues to their communities around the world and contribute to aspired positive changes. The ISF provides micro-scale support to:

  • Initiate new collaborations or build on existing collaborations among professors, researchers, students, local universities, most affected local communities, and journalists;
  • Increase engagement between educational communities, journalists, and Indigenous and traditional populations;
  • Encourage the use of creative materials (e.g., photographs, short videos, documentaries, podcasts), infographics, data visuals, and information from the reports in teaching materials, student activities, curricular and classroom materials, or scientific publications; 
  • Facilitate the adoption of the results presented in the reports into relevant research and other scientific products.

We aim to support projects that inspire changes in perspectives, narratives, and actions, fostering a more informed and empathetic community. By utilizing Pulitzer Center-supported stories, the ISF initiative aims to:

  • Improve the awareness and critical thinking of students and educators about complex issues related to tropical forests, oceans, and the climate crisis, including their impacts on vulnerable communities. It encourages members of the university community to explore innovative solutions to address these impacts.
  • Equip students and educators to take action and drive change to protect the environment, as well as the rights of those most affected by environmental destruction.




Grants for educational or engagement initiatives in Africa focused on oceans or the climate & labor nexus

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Grants for educational or engagement initiatives in Brazil focused on rainforests, oceans, or the climate & labor nexus


Southeast Asia

Grants for educational or engagement initiatives in Southeast Asia focused on rainforests or the climate & labor nexus



Grants for educational or engagement initiatives in countries beyond Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia focused on rainforests, oceans, or transparency & governance


  • Collaborative projects with Pulitzer Center-supported journalists or multi-disciplinary educators;
  • Collaborative projects with the most affected local communities, such as: knowledge exchange activities, student immersive learnings, biodiversity expeditions, and citizen journalism;
  • Insertion of results into teaching materials, campus debates, hackathons on social issues, student-led debates, and dialogues;
  • Support for webinar series, seminars;
  • Production and dissemination of visual content to support learning aids (short videos, documentaries, podcasts);
  • Small exhibitions on campus, such as photo exhibits or film screenings; 
  • Journalism workshops for student press clubs;
  • Communication activities to promote citizenship related to the proposed themes; 
  • Support for research activities: Adoption of data to improve the accuracy of ongoing research, insertion of data or knowledge in a book chapter.

ISF grants range from USD $2,500 to $4,500 with different budget sizes in each regional opportunity, so applicants should read through guidelines that are appropriate to their region or countries. We expect projects to be implemented at maximum five months of approval.

Utilizing stories as the center of the proposed projects: The Pulitzer Center’s different programs have produced journalism stories that bring to light local perspectives, often from voices that are rarely heard. These reports focus on underreported stories and situations that are crucial to better understand the challenges around tropical forests, climate change and  ocean. These reports produce high-quality visuals, in-depth analysis, and data resources capable of conveying complex issues in a powerful and digestible way, making them excellent educational and communications tools. As such, they can generate important inputs for ISF-funded projects. All proposals must utilize at least one story reported by Pulitzer Center-supported journalists and explain how it will be relevant in the project. 


  1. Applicants should be university professors or researchers based in an institution. 
  2. Applicants are welcome to propose a project  through a consortia of educators from universities in one or more regions of the country. 
  3. See our eligibility guidelines for Southeast Asia, Brazil, Africa, and Global.


  • Proposals need to be inspired by and utilize at least one story reported by Pulitzer Center-supported journalists about rainforests (RIN and RJF), ocean, or Our Work/Environment grants.
  • The activity must present intended impacts with audiences in the academic community (students or faculty/research fellows) and civil society that align with one or both of the following outcomes:
    • 1) Improve the awareness and critical thinking of students and educators about complex issues related to tropical forests, ocean, and the climate crisis, including their impacts on vulnerable communities, and encourage the exploration of solutions and innovations to address these impacts.
    • 2) Equip students and educators to take action and drive changes to foster protection of the social and environment discourse as well as the rights of those most affected by socio-environmental destruction.
  • See more requirement details or guidelines on Southeast Asia, Brazil, Africa or Global projects.
  • Projects will ideally collaborate with the most affected communities, e.g. co-conceiving ideas with Indigenous communities, community leaders, or local organizations working directly with disadvantaged communities; collaboration with smaller universities in local areas. 
  • The project must demonstrate a strong Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion approach. See the Pulitzer Center’s DEI statement for more information.


Applications for ISF will open on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 and close on Monday, May 27, 2024. We would like to highlight that ISF Africa, ISF Global, and ISF Southeast Asia have extended their deadlines to June 9, 2024.

  1. Selection process: May 27 - Jul 27, 2024
  2. Grants announcement: July 31, 2024
  3. Briefing and grants administration: August 1-14, 2024
  4. Implementation duration: August 1 - December 2024
  5. Project closure: December 7-31, 2024
  6. Project Reporting: January 2025

For more information, please contact the responsible managers: