The Pulitzer Center’s global reporting grants support in-depth, high-impact reporting on critical issues that are often overlooked in the media, from global health to climate change. Examples of the many issues we cover can be found here. Our stories address the root causes of crises around the world, including within the United States.

Ukraine Advisory: We are eager to support in-depth, underreported stories related to the war in Ukraine. Freelancers, please know that if you will be reporting in Ukraine we will need a firm assignment from outlets agreeing to take full responsibility for your safety and well-being. Please review the ACOS principles. We encourage you to include Hostile Environment Training in the budget that you submit with your proposal. Please be advised that ultimately we are seeking the appropriate balance of experience, recent HEFAT safety training, language skills, and reporting project plans and details. We are also eager to support stories in Ukraine's neighboring countries. Thank you and stay safe!

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. If you are applying on behalf of a newsroom, university, or similar, please note that we do not allow overhead or indirect expenses in our budgets.

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.

This is our "catch-all" grant, so there are no restrictions on topic or reporting location for these grants. You can also explore our thematic grants, which focus on issues such as gender equality, climate change, tropical rainforests, AI accountability, data journalism, and 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. You may also include Hostile Environment Training in your proposal budget for our consideration (freelancers will be given priority).

WHAT WE DON'T FUND

To save our grantees and staff time, we thought it would be helpful to outline editorial products and project expenses we don’t fund:

  • Books (we can support a story that might become part of a book, as long as the story is published independently in a media outlet) 
  • Feature-length films (we do support short documentaries with ambitious distribution plans) 
  • Staff salaries 
  • Equipment purchases (equipment rentals are considered on a case-by-case basis) 
  • An outlet’s general expenses (for example rent, utilities, insurance) 
  • Seed money for start-ups
  • Routine breaking news and coverage 
  • Advocacy/marketing campaigns 
  • Data projects aimed solely at academic research. Data should be developed to enhance/support journalism. 

Still have questions? Please email reacheditorial@pulitzercenter.org