Opportunities for African journalists in February

Have a look at this list of fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines International Center for Journalists is seeking nominees whose pioneering coverage or media innovations have made an impact on the lives of people in their countries or regions. Candidates can be reporters, editors, technologists, media managers, or citizen journalists. Those who meet the award’s criteria may nominate themselves. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline | February 5

Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme 

Mid-career journalists can apply for a fellowship at Oxford University, United Kingdom. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seeks applicants for its Journalist Fellowship Program, which will begin in October 2023, January 2024, and April 2024, and last three or six months. The program gives visiting journalists from around the world an opportunity to critically reflect upon their profession, research a subject of their choice under the supervision of an academic specializing in that area, and enjoy the breadth of academic, cultural, and social life at the University of Oxford. Applicants must have at least five years of journalism experience and strong English skills. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline | February 6

Coastal Resilience Story Grants 2023

The Earth Journalism Network is offering reporting grants to journalists worldwide to support the production of in-depth stories that will call attention to coastal resiliency and solutions for coastal issues. Applicants can be from any country in the world; applicants from coastal countries reporting on their home communities are preferred. Groups of journalists are eligible, particularly from different countries seeking to produce a cross-border project. However, the application must be made in the name of one lead applicant. Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with Earth Journalism Network and receiving funds on the group’s behalf if awarded. Groups of journalists looking to produce cross-border stories will be favorably viewed by the judging panel. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline | February 6

The Contemporary African Photography

Photographers can submit photos and compete for prizes.The Contemporary African Photography Prize, in partnership with the Eiger Foundation, is accepting entries for CAP Prize 2023.Interested photographers must submit photos that engage with the African continent or its diaspora. Winners will be awarded with a series of large scale outdoor exhibitions around the globe. Five winners will be announced at Photo Basel International Art Fair in June 2023. For details and to apply, click here Deadline | February 7

One World Media Awards 

Across 15 categories, the Awards celebrate work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres and themes, the awards are open to journalists and documentary filmmakers from anywhere in the world. The focus is on stories, topics, or issues in, about, or related to the global south. The One World Media Awards are an opportunity to have journalists’ work recognized amongst the best in the industry. For details and to apply, click here Deadline | February 9

Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism

The annual award recognizes outstanding examples of investigative reporting that reveal untold stories, hold the powerful to account, and question those in public life within South Africa. Journalists can again compete for the top prize of R200 000, with a second prize of R100 000 up for grabs. For details and to apply, click here. The award is open to all journalists (which includes broadcast, online, and photojournalists) for stories about South African issues published or broadcast during 2022. For details and to apply, click here Deadline | February 10

Komla Dumor Award

Journalists from across Africa are invited to apply for the Komla Dumor award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from the continent. The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2023 and running for three months. Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner will produce an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world.  They will be supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy. The winner will be given a stipend plus their London accommodation and travel to and from their home. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline I February 14

She Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme 

She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for highly motivated women entrepreneurs in North Africa who are building sustainable and scalable businesses that contribute to driving social and/or environmental change. In the past years that the programme has been running, many entrepreneurs received support that helped them become successful in expanding and increasing their impact.   The programme runs over six months. It combines regular workshops and individual mentor support online with one intensive week of onsite learning in Stockholm in September. For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 14

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2023

This Prize is awarded each year to a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, particularly if risks were involved. The annual global award ceremony takes place on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, with the winner receiving a monetary prize of US$ 25,000.For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 15

Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards

The pan-African (Re)Insurance Journalism Awards is inviting entries from across the continent to be submitted in English, French or Arabic between November 15th, 2022 and February 15th, 2023. The awards are an extension of Continental Reinsurance’s continued commitment to the advancement of excellence in the industry. They pay tribute to an industry that has in countless cases helped individuals and businesses to recover from injury and loss. The candidates who can best demonstrate how their articles have advanced the understanding of the re/insurance sector in Africa will walk away with the knowledge they are playing a vital part in elevating societies and stimulating progress amongst communities across Africa. For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 15

Logan Science Journalism Program

The Logan Science Journalism Program, founded in 1986, offers science journalists, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists a chance to forget about story deadlines and immerse themselves in basic biomedical or environmental research. Journalists selected for the program dive into research training at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)  in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, one of the most dynamic settings for scientific discovery in the world.cience and environmental journalists with at least three years of experience can apply for the program.For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 15

Revolutionary Storytelling Grant 

The program will select five photography projects with a strong call to action for land and/or water protection. Selected projects will receive a US$5,000 grant. Priority will be given to photographers with strong storytelling skills, and who demonstrate a longstanding relationship with their communities. For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 21

The Reporting Award 

The Reporting Award award provides up to $12,500 for a significant work of journalism, in any medium, on an under-reported subject in the public interest. In establishing the award, the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s faculty cited the need for encouraging enterprising journalism during a time of extensive layoffs and budget cuts throughout the journalism industry.For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 21

Global Shining Light Award

The Global Investigative Journalism Network presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. There are two award categories: Small & Medium Outlets (organizations with staff of 20 or less, including freelancers); and Large Outlets (organizations with more than 20 staff). Top winners will receive an honorary plaque, US$2,500, and a trip to the 2023 Global Investigative Journalism Conference to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline I February 28

Global Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowship

The conference is offering more than 150 fellowships to both established and promising journalists in developing and transitioning countries, and for journalists from disenfranchised communities, to participate in this prestigious event. Competition is keen, so you need to convince us that you will make great use of the training that GIJC23 offers. For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 28

Southern African Development Community Media Awards 

The Southern African Development Community has launched the 2023 Media Awards competition in the four categories namely; Photo, Print, Television and Radio Journalism. The Southern African Development Community Media Awards were established in 1996 to recognise best media work in disseminating information on The Southern African Development Community to support the process of regional co-operation and integration in the region. The first prize winner in each category receives US$2,500 and the runner-up receives US$1000. For details and to apply, click here. Deadline I February 28

PAJI Prize for investigative journalism

The award recognizes the best work in investigative journalism in Africa. Categories include print, online, radio and television. Works must have been published or broadcast between Jan 1, 2022 and Dec. 31, 2022. The winners in each category will receive EUR1,500. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline I March 1

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. A panel of NYU journalism professors, outside writers, and editors will review the proposals. Finalists may be asked to interview in person or by Skype. The judges will be interested in perpetuating Power’s legacy, as his former editor Roger Hodge put it, of “strong, character-driven narratives with detailed scene writing and lyrical description.” Power was always open to the absurdity that often attends politics and international affairs; he was always searching, as he put it, for “the human truth beneath the sorry facts.” Power’s ultimate ambition, he added, was literary beauty. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline I March 2

McKinsey & Company Next Generation Women Leaders 

Next Generation Women Leaders EMEA will begin the evening of Thursday, April 20 with welcome words, an opportunity to ask questions, and ample time to get to know one another in an informal setting. Across the next two days, April 21-22, attendees will participate in interactive workshops, hear from inspirational speakers and work with facilitators to further shape their leadership style, helping them become trailblazers in their personal and professional lives. During the program, attendees will have an opportunity to not only learn more about McKinsey and leadership skills, but also focus on personal development aspects like confidence and effective communication. There will also be ample opportunities to join fun activities throughout the event. After the main event, the program will continue with weekly learning workshops and informative virtual sessions throughout May and June. For details and to apply, click here.  Deadline I March 6

Author: Ruth Kasham