Funding for Women Journalists around the World

Funding for Women Journalists around the World

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking applications for its Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists to support the production of underreported and ambitious global stories.

Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, IWMF is able to to help women in media by providing support to; expose under-reported but critical global issues, undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives, and develop field-based expertise that strengthen careers and provide and leadership opportunities.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is the first funding initiative of its kind that enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support for women journalists. Some previous recipients and participants of the Howard G. Buffett Fund are; 

  • Serkalem Fasil (Ethiopian) who is the first Courage in Journalism Award winner from Ethiopia. She established her own publishing house in 1998 and founded Menelik, Asqual and Satenaw Newspapers. In 2005, she was named chairwoman of Satenaw’s editorial board. 
  • Shola Lawal (Nigerian) who resides in Lagos, Nigeria is an independent filmmaker and freelance West African correspondent for the Mail & Guardian, a South African-based newspaper. Her work focuses on development issues, women and the environment.
  • Adelina Lweramula (Tanzanian) is a Producer and Presenter for FADECO Community Radio, she participated in the IWMF’s In-Country Training Program in Tanzania from 2017-2018.

IWMF is the only nonprofit that offers tailored programme opportunities for women journalists to become leaders in media. Other Foundation programmes include an Emergency Fund (where they assist women journalists in urgent need of asylum, legal assistance, emergency relocation, or medical aid), the Kim Wall Memorial Fund, Adelante reporting initiative, and the Elizabeth Neuffe Fellowship.

Those who fit the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply no later than September 5, 2019. Interested applicants can apply online via

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