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  • Can I attach supplemental materials to my application?

    No. At this stage please only send us your story pitch and the required attachments as budget, timeline, CV, and if possible, the signed letter(s) of intent/an email confirmation of interest from your editor.

  • I’m not sure whether my story pitch qualifies for this grant. Can I call you to discuss this?

    No, all inquiries should be sent by email to [email protected] However, there will be an opportunity to ask your specific questions during an AMA (“ask me anything”) session. The dates of the AMA sessions will be communicated on our twitter page @journagrants and in our newsletter. To subscribe to our Funding newsletter go to

  • May I send an application directly by email?

    No. Only applications received via the online application form will be considered.

  • What is the maximum amount of the stipend that can be used for freelance fees?

    Freelance fees should be in proportion to the amount of journalistic work produced. It should only be requested by freelancers and not by applicants who are on staff of a media outlet.

  • Should the names of freelance (photo-) journalists I would like to work with be included in the grant application?

    Yes, all the names and relevant information of freelancers have to be included.

  • Can I submit more than one story pitch?

    Yes, you can submit more than one pitch. But you won't win several grants in one call for proposals.

  • Do I need to submit my story pitch in English?

    Yes. English is the working language of the EJC. However, please note that the story pitches will not be judged on the quality of your English and this will not in any way influence the decisions regarding the awarded grants. CVs may be submitted in German. Please note: We request original reporting in German and for German outlets.

  • I am a journalist on staff - can I also apply?

    Yes, freelancers, journalists on staff and newsrooms can equally apply.

  • I am neither based in Germany, nor am I national citizen of Germany. Can I apply?

    There are no citizenship or nationality requirements. As long as you can produce original reporting in German and as long as the media you will report for is a relevant media organisation in Germany and/or has a relevant reach in Germany, you may submit a story proposal.

  • I haven’t received a “letter of intent” from a relevant media organisation yet. Can I apply for a grant anyway?

    Yes. If you demonstrate in your list of contacts and your CV that you have published in relevant media outlets before, and you pitch a great story, the jury will not disadvantage you. But you should try to get a confirmation by email from an editor confirming an interest in the publishing your story, and add it to your application.

  • I want to submit a project reporting from China and Iran. Aren’t these eligible as developing countries?

    The projects must take place in one or several developing countries, ideally Least Developed Countries (LDCs), excluding countries/territories against which the U.S. maintains comprehensive sanctions (including but not limited to Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and the Crimea Region of Ukraine). All applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

  • I have already published a series of health related stories. Can I receive a grant?

    No. This grant does not give awards to already published stories. The grant programme provides funds to enable journalists and media organisations to cover health and health policy related issues and not to receive money for already published work.

  • Does the grant fund creation and maintaining of websites that will cover health and development topics?

    No. The stipend can not be used for creating websites. Our focus is on the production of a series of journalistic items on health and health related issues.

  • I want to write a book. Can I apply for funding?

    We don’t rule out funding for books per se; however, what we’re looking for is more journalistic and more near-term than the average book. Funding a long-term project that is not likely to have an impact in the news media anytime soon is not within the interest range of this grant. Even if a book were to be funded, the applicant needs to ensure that the material would still be published in relevant media outlets, making it available to the general audience.

  • I want to write an academic research. Am I eligible?

    Yes, if your research is innovative and is designed to reach a large audience in Germany. You would be in charge of providing a dissemination strategy, including social media.

  • I want to make a documentary. Am I eligible?


  • I work for an NGO and I want to support health and development work. Can I get funding?


  • Does this grant fund cultural activities?


  • Can I apply as a permanent staff of a media outlet?

    Yes, staff journalists are equally eligible as freelancers.

  • Can a media outlet apply for this grant?

    Yes, this grant is equally aimed at individuals, teams of journalists and newsrooms.

  • Can journalism students apply?

    No. We are looking for experienced working journalists.

  • Is there an age limit?

    Grant recipients should be at least 18 years old.

  • Do you accept co-funding?

    Yes. However, it needs to be guaranteed that your reporting remains independent and that your co-funder does not attempt to exert any editorial influence. Please contact the EJC before you enter into a co-funding agreement.

  • What about taxes?

    All stipends or reimbursements paid by the EJC are subject to the tax rules of your country of residence.

  • Will funding be given to the journalist or the media organisation?

    It depends who is applying for the grant. If individual journalists (on staff or freelance) or teams of journalists apply, they will receive the grant directly. If a newsroom of a media organisation applies, the grant will be transferred to the media organisation.

  • How will the stipend money be distributed?

    The grant money will be distributed in two instalments. The first half of the approved grants will be paid to successful applicants upon signature of the grant agreement. The remaining half will be disbursed in one final instalment at the end of the project upon evidence of publication of a completed project in agreement with the original proposal. The final instalments are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in due time or if the projects are published in a different form or in a different outlet than originally proposed.

  • If I partner with a European media organisation that publishes in a language other than German, can part of the award be used to cover translation?

    Yes. Efforts to adapt the German content to the other language(s), culture(s), or circumstances are encouraged. Please note that translations will only be considered from German into other languages and that this grant supports first of all original German reporting. Additional translation costs can be requested if you can provide confirmation of intent to publish from a non-German media outlet. Any such expenses need to be discussed with the EJC beforehand and will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis. These costs will have to be documented with an invoice.

  • What happens if I spend more money than I estimated in my initial budget?

    You should keep record of all your expenses and the receipts for larger expenses. As soon as you realise you’ll go over budget, please contact us and we’ll discuss it. Decisions on the allocation of an extra budget will be taken case-by-case. Generally, the awarded amount is a mostly flat sum for which, once accepted by the EJC, only foreign travel expenses as well as other relevant third-party costs will have to be documented.

    • When are applicants notified of decisions regarding their applications?

      Following the deadline, all applicants will be informed on the outcome of their proposals within four weeks.

    • How will the decisions be communicated?

      All decisions will be communicated by email.

    • What are the responsibilities and expectations of a grantee?

      A financial budget and an editorial report will be required from all grantees upon completion of their projects. We urge our grantees to keep track and collect any kind of impact that their research and their publications generates. Interim reporting may be requested if deemed necessary. We also expect regular updates of the progress of the projects from the grantees, especially if changes to the projects are necessary.

    • Do you have any additional tips for a good application?

      Be concise and follow the guidelines specified on the website and the requirements outlined in the online application form.

    • How can I be sure that my story pitch has been received?

      All applicants will receive a confirmation email reading: “Thank you for pitching us your story idea. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be notified within four weeks by email of the final decision.” If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please send an email to [email protected]