Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

| March 9, 2015

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For 25 years, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has dedicated itself to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide, based on the belief that the media cannot be truly free and representative unless women have an equal voice.

The work of the IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. IWMF empowers women journalists by offering programs and grants which provide women with the training, support, and networking they need to become leaders in the news industry.

The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is a resource which supports talented women reporters to make a real difference in the field of journalism.

Women journalists are invited to apply for the first round of grants under this Fund to support their projects and endeavours. The Fund does not limit the amount of money or the number of grants awarded, but sets an annual maximum.

The Fund is designed to help women journalists by supporting grantees to:

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

Individual women journalists may apply. Teams of journalists may also apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist, and at least half of the group must be women.

All forms and submitted documents must be in English.

There will be up to four rounds of funding every year for ten years. The deadline for online applications in this first funding round is March 23, 2015.

You must create an account on the IWMF website to apply for a grant. For more information, go to:

Application guidelines are available at this link:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are answered here: