IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists 2018 (1st Round)

IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists 2018 (1st Round)

Deadline: March 9, 2018

Applications for the 1st round of Howard G. Buffett Fund 2018 For Women Journalists are now open. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists provides the financial support for women journalists to pursue opportunities that will make them leaders in the news industry. Flexible grant amounts will support a wide range of innovative, original, and collaborative news media projects, and to strengthen the skills of women journalists worldwide.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

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

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


Applicants may apply for one of two different types of funding:

  • reporting projects or
  • professional development opportunities.

Reporting projects include journalistic work in any media format, including but not limited to print, digital, video, photography and new media. The Fund for Women Journalists will prioritize reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global importance.

Professional development opportunities can include security training, conferences, workshops and media development initiatives such as technical skills building trainings.

They encourage skills building applicants who are pitching media development initiatives to include an element of mentorship in their proposal. They encourage applicants to consider a one-year timeline or less for completion and publication of their project – please note the average grant size is 10,000 USD. Projects with timelines longer than one year or requesting grants over $10,000 will be considered on a limited basis.


  • Women journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must identify as women.
  • Practicing journalism must be the applicants primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of post-graduate professional journalism experience.
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.
  • Special consideration will be given to freelance journalists.

Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.


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

  • Contact Information and Resume/CV
  • Brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for
  • If applicable, a list of any other team members or applicants
  • Description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address
  • Estimated budget and time frame

Apply here.

For more information, visit IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund.