The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) in the USA is accepting applications for the Howard G. Buffett Fund, which aims to support women journalists in their projects and endeavours in 2019.

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices.

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 supports 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

Worth of Award

  • Approximately $230,000 will be dispersed each year.
  • Grant sizes will depend on the proposal and the inclusion of a detailed budget.
  • The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.


  • Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of 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.

How to Apply

  • Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process.
  • Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.
  • Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications, they cannot answer questions by phone.
  • Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):
  • Contact Information and Resume/CV
  • A 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


Deadline: All application materials are due via the online system before February 25, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern time.


Click here for more details and to apply

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