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FIJ Grants and Fellowships in USA 2021

Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) in the United States is welcoming applications for the FIJ Grants and Fellowships for Investigative Projects in 2021.

FIJ now provides a competitive chance to be assigned to a mentor. FIJ runs this program in collaboration with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with seed capital from the Scripps Howard Foundation. In the application form, you are required to describe how a mentor can assist you and whether you can devote to making sure your mentor is updated of your progress.

Mentors function as sounding boards and operate with beneficiaries over the duration of their projects. They particularly welcome applications for writing mentors, even for veteran reporters.

Worth of FIJ Grants and Fellowships

  • The maximum grant is $10,000.
  • Funds provide out-of-pocket costs like travel, document collection, and equipment rental.
  • The Fund also gives consideration to requests for small allowances, as part of the budget.
  • Typically, FIJ provides hard costs like travel and data gathering and often awards small allowances.

Eligibility for FIJ Grants and Fellowships

To be given consideration for the FIJ Grants and Fellowships;

  • Foreign-based story proposals are required to come from US-based reporters or possess a strong US angle, encompassing American citizens, government or business.
  • All stories have to be published in English language and have a media channel in the United States.
  • The Board of Directors looks out for:  stories that touch new ground and uncover misconduct – like corruption, malfeasance, or misappropriation of power – in the public and private sectors.
  • The Fund welcomes proposals written for ethnic media and handed in by journalists of color.

How to Apply for FIJ Grants and Fellowships

Before you put in for the FIJ Grants and Fellowships;

  • Be certain to get a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor who can promise in writing that the news channel will publish or air the particular story you propose – as long as it fulfils the publication’s expectations and criteria.
  • This letter cannot be seen as an unqualified pledge.
  • If the work is not acceptable, the news channel cannot be required to publish it.
  • FIJ requires this commitment before it awards a grant because it does not have the means to help reporters publish stories.
  • The letter has to be written on a letterhead that has contact details for the news outlet and the person signing it.
  • The summary must not be more than 100 words; the proposal must not be more than 1,000 words.
  • All application closing dates are set at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, or 8:59 pm on the U.S. West Coast.

If you are a book author putting in for a grant, a signed book contract from a publisher functions as the commitment.

Furthermore to the letter of commitment, applications are required to include a proposal, CV, work samples and a budget. All application credentials have to be written in English and budgets presented in U.S. dollars.

Your projected budget should list costs of reporting like travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small allowances. Be specific. Unclear line items may be denied. State other sources of funding. If you are putting in for a book grant, offer details as to resources obtainable from the publisher, and describe why a grant is required.

FIJ now provides a competitive chance to be assigned to a mentor. FIJ runs this program in collaboration with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with seed capital from the Scripps Howard Foundation. In the application form, you are required to describe how a mentor can assist you and whether you can devote to making sure your mentor is updated of your progress. Mentors function as sounding boards and operate with beneficiaries over the duration of their projects. They particularly welcome applications for writing mentors, even for veteran reporters.

The Board of Directors assesses and votes on all qualified proposals. Around six weeks after the application closing date has passed, candidates will be informed by email of the board’s decision.

Application Deadline

The next application closing date for the FIJ Grants and Fellowships will be Monday, February 8, 2021.

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