We seek applications for our reporting initiative focused on the systems, organizations, and people that destabilize countries, erode democracies, and enable corruption. We value cross-border and collaborative reporting, data-driven projects, and innovative, interdisciplinary approaches.
This grant is open to freelance and staff journalists worldwide.
Pulitzer Center grantees report on shadowy finance schemes, mismanagement, abuse of power, and other systemic exploits and failures that destabilize countries, erode democracies and governance, and empty national coffers. They investigate the root causes of corruption, including the laws and policies that provide cover to otherwise immoral activities.
We are actively seeking to support deep reporting projects that follow the money across borders; shed light on opaque and harmful supply chains; and investigate the systems, organizations, and people that enable corruption. You can apply for a Transparency and Governance grant or propose your project via one of our yearlong investigative fellowships on Rainforests, Oceans, and AI. We value cross-border and collaborative reporting, data-driven projects, and innovative, interdisciplinary approaches.
In recent years, the Pulitzer Center has invested in several in-depth, high-impact reporting projects related to transparency and governance. Here are a few examples for inspiration:
- Amazon Underworld: Crime and Corruption in the Shadows of the World’s Largest Rainforest Various authors | Various authors
- The Bissau Corridor | Micael Pereira
- How Uyghur Forced Labor Makes Seafood That Ends Up in School Lunches | Ian Urbina
- The President, the Soccer Hooligans and an Underworld ‘House of Horrors | Robert Worth
- Police Seize on COVID-19 Tech To Expand Global Surveillance | Garance Burke
- Backroom Deals, Mystery Companies and a ‘Killer Lake’: Inside DRC’s Gas and Oil Auction | Josephine Moulds, Hajar Meddah
- China's Shadow Empire (Axios) | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
- Civilians Killed by U.S. Drone Strike in Somalia (The Intercept) | Nick Turse
- The Dark Seas of Deception: Unmasking EU Fisheries in West Africa's Troubled Waters | Gideon Sarpong
- Where is my Pension? | Lilia Saúl Rodriguez, Luisa García Tellez, and collaborators
- Immunity and Impunity: How Diplomats Get Away With Exploiting Domestic Workers (Rappler) | Ana P. Santos
- 'Caliber 60': A Podcast About the Flow of Avocados, Guns and People | Stephania Corpi Arnaud and Toya Sarno Jordan
To see all of our Transparency & Governance coverage, please visit our initiative page.
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 (with the exception of some of our yearlong fellowships)
- 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 campaigns
- Data projects aimed solely at academic research. Data should be developed to enhance/support journalism.