Thursday, December 18, 2008

IREX Small Grant Fund for Africa and Asia

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) will provide a select number of grants of up to US$10,000 to local private, nongovernmental institutions in Africa and Asia. Proposed project must focus on promoting professionalism and independence in media in one of the following ways:
§ Journalism training, to include basic reporting skills, environmental reporting, business and economics reporting, investigative reporting, and other specialized reporting skills.
§ Media advocacy, to include education on the value of professional media, development of media legislation, community outreach, and training in issues related to free media.
§ Institutional development of media and media-related institutions, to include support for equipment and operational costs
§ Must be a private nongovernmental organization based solely in Africa or Asia
The Small Grant Program will not fund:
§ grants to individuals
§ grants for university study, graduate study or research
§ grants to attend conferences, trainings or workshops
Application procedure
In lieu of a formal application or proposal, IREX requests that interested organizations submit a brief letter of inquiry, of no more than two pages, to help determine whether the proposed project would address IREX’s present interests.
The letter should include:
§ A description of the project proposed
§ The purpose of the project for which funds are being requested
§ Problems and issues the proposed project will address
§ Information about the organization conducting the project
§ Estimated total project cost and a list of major expenses (not to exceed US$10,000)
§ Period of time for which funds are requested
Inquiry letters will be reviewed on a rolling basis and if they meet IREX’s current interests, the grant seeker will be asked to submit a formal proposal.
Inquiry letters can be sent by mail, fax or email.
Small Grants Fund-Media
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 202-628-8189

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SAJA: Fourth Annual Reporting Fellowships

South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) has extended date for its fellowships. The fellowships are open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora - upto $20,000 available to support quality reporting. You DON'T have to be South Asian to participate.

SAJA Reporting Fellowships deadline is now Jan. 10, 2009

The SAJA Reporting Fellowships program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism -- in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on.

Questions to Laura Griffin, SAJA Administrative Director:

As part of their mission to encourage in-depth coverage of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora, SAJA & SAJA Group Inc. are pleased to announce a call for submissions for its fourth Annual SAJA Reporting Fellowships (SRF). Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses.

A total of up to $20,000 may be given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000.

These Fellowships, launched in 2005 to ensure follow-up reportage about the 2004 tsunami and its victims, were initially funded by SAJA members, corporate donors and friends of SAJA. For the last three years, SRF received a major financial boost thanks to the support of the Mahadeva Family Foundation, which will make an annual contribution of $20,000.

"The support of Kumar Mahadeva and Simi Ahuja, who have been part of the SAJA community for more than a decade, is critical to SAJA's core mission of improving the coverage of South Asia through the SAJA Reporting Fellowships and similar programs," said Sandeep Junnarkar, the group's president and a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. "This is going to have a major impact on the kind of stories that the Fellows do and how Americans learn about what's going on in South Asia today."

In 2009, the fellowship is open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora.

For requirements of the fellowship click here