To promote and extend support for advancing women’s role in journalism, particularly in news media the International Women’s Media Foundation offers a scholarship fund for women’s journalists, the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists for the academic year of 2022-2023.
Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists aims to provide funds for international women to advance their skills and knowledge in the news media across the world to have equal transparency and diversity. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is the first grant of its kind, allowing the IWMF to expand its support for women journalists. Comprised of a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the fund will support programs that include educational opportunities, research publications, and media development.
The IWMF will provide grants totaling $230,000 annually to support women and non-binary journalists in their work and endeavors
This fund is designed to help women journalists by providing grantees with support for:
- Report on a less publicized but important global issue
- Make ambitious plans that challenge the media narrative
- On-the-job professional development and career development
- Seek training and leadership
- Start a media business or learn the skills to do so.
The Fund for Female Journalists accepts applications on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be informed about the Fund’s funding decisions approximately 4-6 weeks after submission. They will work with individual grantees to establish a completion timeline that works best for the project – most project timelines are six months to a year and funds will be distributed when grantees are selected. Applicants are encouraged to consider project releases or production plans prior to submission and may optionally include a letter of support for their project.
Scholarship Provider: International Women’s Media Foundation
About the Provider
The International Women’s Media Foundation aims to support international women who can demonstrate their interest in journalism, and strive to change the world of news by spreading the power of women journalists. Fellows, beneficiaries, freelancers and staff reporters, become experts in underserved communities, create must-read articles, share hand-in-hand with the best news, and highlight important issues affecting women and others. They are the only organization to offer safety, online, and emergency services training for female journalists and photographers worldwide.
They also recognized the fierce women journalist and photographers whose bravery sets them apart. It also studies the factors that allow journalism to remain male-dominated while advocating inclusive practices that can help push women and minorities into leadership. The IWMF believes that gender does not match beliefs. They want to unleash the opportunities and potential of women in journalism and as a champion of press freedom that can transform the global media news. They created a program that will elevate the status of women and develop practical media solutions to further their careers and professional and personal lives.
- Academic Year: 2022-2023
- Applicant’s Nationality: International
- Degree Level: Bachelor
- Field: Journalism
- Duration: NA
- Number of Awards: NA
- Scholarship Awards: $230,000
- Scholarship Country: USA
- Renewable: Yes
- Offered Annually: Yes
- The fund for women is open to female and nonbinary journalists of any citizenship.
- The applicants must be in the journalism field and as their primary professions.
- The applicants are also required to have at least one year of experience in journalism and a track record in publishing in a non-student organization.
- The IWMF accepts requests from our team of reporters. However, programs must be led by a female or non-binary journalist and the team must be at least 50% female. Due to staffing capacity, applications can only be accepted in English (preferred) or Spanish, but reports can be submitted in any language.
The application for the grant can be accessed in an online portal provided by the IWMF, the portal is called Submittable intended for the interested applicants to submit their proposals.
- In order to start the application, the applicants must create a username and password on the Submittable portal, the online system will enable the applicants to access the application after creating their accounts and can log in and save their proposal until final submission.
- The applicants will be receiving an email confirmation about their application.
IWMF encourage applicants to consider a time frame of one year or less for the completion and publication of their project – note that the average grant amount is $10,000. Projects with a timeframe of more than one year or requiring grants over $10,000 will have limited consideration. Projects proposed for this opportunity must be completed and published/produced in less than one year. All applications must include a detailed preliminary budget and timeline. There are some issues that the fund selection committee will not consider. T
The applicants are required to prepare the following and submit it to the application portal to better support their application:
- Contact information
- The description of their projects or the opportunity why you are seeking funds.
- List of any other team members if applicable.
- Estimated budgets and time frames for the projects
- Letter of two professional references.
- All complete applications will be evaluated by the selection committee.
- The applicants will be notified through their registered email regarding the result of the application.
- Due to the high volumes of applications submitted, the IWMF can only notify those individual proposals.
- IWMF will not answer any calls by phone, any further questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IWMF will provide an education fund with an annual total of $230, 000 for the academic year of 2022-2023. Beneficiaries will be notified by IWMF staff approximately 4-6 weeks after the application process is completed. To receive funding, beneficiaries must sign a funding agreement detailing the project, budget, and timeline. Beneficiaries are required to report periodically to IWMF and work with the Program Manager and IWMF Program Coordinator to determine a concise methodology for grant reporting.
The Funds for Women is still open for the academic year of 2022-2023, until further notice.