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The International Women's Media Foundation Fund For Women Journalists

The Fund for Women Journalists is accepting applications on a rolling basis from women journalists around the globe. The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. For the next eight years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.

Applicants are encouraged to consider their project publication or production plans in advance of submission and may include an optional letter of support for their project.

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About International Women's Media Foundation Fund (IWMF)

The IWMF works to unleash the power of female journalists to transform the global news media. Our fellows and grantees — both freelance and staff journalists — become experts in reporting in underserved regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light. We are the only organization that provides safety training, byline opportunities, and emergency support tailored to female journalists and photographers around the world. We also recognize badass female journalists and photographers whose courage sets them a... read more


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Aim and Benefits of IWMF Fund For Women Journalists

The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to

  1. Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  2. Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  3. Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  4. Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
  5. Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

Requirements for IWMF Fund For Women Journalists Qualification

  1. An applicant must identify as a woman and be a full-time professional practicing journalist with more than 3 years of journalism experience.
  2. Teams may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for IWMF Fund For Women Journalists

Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately a month after submission. We will work with individual grants recipients to determine a completion timeline that best suits the project – most project timelines are six months to one year long and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen.


Documents Required for Application

Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):

  1. Contact Information and Resume/CV
  2. Brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for
  3. If applicable, a list of any other team members or applicants
  4. Description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address
  5. Estimated budget and time frame
  6. Contact information of two professional references


Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to International Women's Media Foundation Fund (IWMF) on iwmf.submittable.com to apply
  1. The IWMF uses an online application system called Submittable for applicants to submit proposals.
  2. A link to the online Submittable system is available through the IWMF’s website.
  3. In order to begin an application in Submittable, you are required to create a username and password through Submittable’s online system. The system allows applicants to log-in and save work before creating a final submission.
  4. Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail once a completed grant proposal has been submitted.
  5. Applicants will be notified once the committee makes a decision on your application.
  6. Applicants and grantees retain their intellectual property rights throughout their relationship with the IWMF.

If you have questions to the Fund, please email program manager Jin Ding at [email protected]

For more details, visit IWMF Website



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